Apple IPad Air Vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014: Center Of Gravity: Audio Quality, Loudspeaker

By 04:08 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments

Amazing audio quality

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition showed excellently clean audio output in our test and even managed to slightly outdo the iPad Air in terms of scores - it's the kind of incompatibility that's within the acceptable testing error though and certainly not something that you can detect with your ears.

What you will be able to detect is the far higher volume levels on the Apple slate. While the Galaxy Note 10.1 isn't too bad, it's nowhere near the iPad Air standard.

Check out the table and see for yourself.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Apple iPad Air+0.09, -0.29-93.993.90.00160.0067-89.9

Apple iPad Air (headphones attached)+0.05, -0.32-

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition+0.01, -0.04-95.590.60.0150.016-97.3

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (headphones attached)+0.01, -0.05-

Apple iPad Air frequency response

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

Winner: Apple iPad Air. The output is equally clean on the two slates, but the higher volume levels clinch this one for the Apple slate.


Both tablets have stereo speakers but they are positioned differently, which makes a gigantic difference. On the Apple iPad Air, both speakers are at the bottom, which is a sub-optima placement - they are close together (you lose the stereo effect) and they are aimed in the same direction (the sound goes off to one side when watching movies).

Samsung placed the speakers on the left and correct sides of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. They are not like the speakers on the Nexus 10 or the HTC One, which face in the same direction as the classy screen though. Still, you acquire a better stereo effect and the speakers are more powerful to boot.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score

Amazon Kindle Fire66.6 63.766.9Below Average

Microsoft Surface RT61.7 60.264.2Below Average

Sony Xperia Tablet Z66.064.670.1Below Average

Apple iPad mini 265.762.172.3Below Average

Apple iPhone 5s68.7 66.369.2Average

Google Nexus 1068.366.167.8Average

Asus Google Nexus 768.6 65.975.8Good

Apple iPad mini68.265.775.7Good

Apple iPad 467.965.976.6Good

Apple iPad Air67.965.976.6Good

Samsung Galaxy Note 370.5 66.678.0Good

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 201475.766.677.2Very Good

LG Optimus G74.671.382.7Excellent

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. Better placement and louder sound create this a slam dunk.



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