Samsung Galaxy S5 Vs. HTC One (M8): Leather And Steel: Loudspeaker, Audio Quality

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It terms of absolute loudness, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a slight advantage over the HTC One (M8). This makes hearing the phone ringing a small easier, but that's only if you place it face down so that the loudspeaker at the back is facing open air.

The front-facing speakers of the One (M8) can't acquire muffled when you put the phone face down. As we've already mentioned, the speakers also create listening to music and watching videos without headphones a far more pleasurable experience.

That's becautilize they sound better than the single speaker on the Galaxy S5 and quality is more vital for music than absolute loudness.

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

LG G265.7 62.266.2Below Average

Sony Xperia Z1 (xLOUD)65.5 62.065.8Below average

Apple iPhone 5s68.766.369.2Average

HTC One (M8)65.8 64.775.7Average

Nokia Lumia 102069.8 66.672.5Good

Samsung Galaxy S566.9 66.675.7Good

HTC One69.3 66.675.9Good

Samsung Galaxy S470.6 66.277.3Good

Samsung Galaxy Note 370.5 66.678.0Good

LG Optimus G74.671.382.7Excellent

Winner: HTC One (M8). HTC puts remarkable emphasis on the speakers and it comes as no surprise they perform great.

The Galaxy S5 isn't that much louder than the HTC and, due to speaker placement, its loudspeaker isn't better at notifying you for incoming calls and messages.

Audio quality

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) both showed splendidly clean audio output in our tests. The two smartphones put in flawless performances when connected to an active external amplifier and very small degradation when we plugged in a pair of headphones.

The only notable incompatibility in terms of purity is the slightly better quality of the stereo that the HTC One (M8) produces with headphones. However, a somewhat easier to spot advantage of the HTC smartphone is the loudness of its output, which blows all other handsets we've tested out of the water.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Samsung Galaxy S5+0.02, -0.08-96.393.30.0017


Samsung Galaxy S5 (headphones attached)+0.01, -0.08-96.393.30.0095


HTC One (M8)+0.04, -0.10-95.493.40.0012


HTC One (M8) (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.08-94.993.90.0014


Samsung Galaxy S5 frequency response

HTC One (M8) frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

Winner: HTC One (M8). With quality audio hardware, the HTC flagship manages excellent headphone output too. The clarity might be only a tad better on the One (M8), but combined with the far louder output it's enough to create it the definitive winner here.



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