1. snowmutt's Avatar
    Got to handle the L1520 yesterday.... sweet mother of heaven, this is a big phone. I love everything about it- especially the third row of tiles- but the size is a slight cause for hesitation as I knew it would be. I am over the 16 GB memory whining- as a music/podcast user, the vast majority of my memory usage can go on the SD card. I am fine with the 16 GBs for my uses.

    The size issue is one thing I need to decide if I can survive with before I decide to use my upgrade on this. Also, my family and I are debating on if staying on AT&T is in our best interest. Which leaves one last box I need to check off, and one I need help with. How is the audio performance on this bad, bad device? I fully expect it to be up to Nokia standards, but I want to be sure. As everyone uses their devices, can you tell me how it is as a music player (very important) and on phone calls ( I use my phone all the time at work).

    Never been this wishy-washy on a device before....
    11-26-2013 12:09 PM
  2. DBDev's Avatar
    At least according to WPC's review it has a great speaker Nokia Lumia 1520 Review | Windows Phone Central
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    11-26-2013 12:15 PM
  3. Morpheus Phreak's Avatar
    I'm a fairly picky person when it comes to audio quality since I've worked in audio engineering and as a DJ in my younger years.

    I've found the Lumia devices (including the 1520) to be really great as far as sound quality goes. I would say that they honestly rival if not exceed the quality of the Zune HD, which has an awesome Wolfson chip in it.

    I also appreciate that the 1520 has the customizable EQ on it so that I can tweak things if need be.
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    11-26-2013 01:19 PM
  4. snowmutt's Avatar
    I trust reviews as far as general opinions go, but everyday use by owners is way more reliable to me as far as audio performance. These reviews are put out as quickly as possible, and I am interested in use over the time. I trust WPC users more on this.
    11-26-2013 02:31 PM
  5. lovenokia's Avatar
    I'm a fairly picky person when it comes to audio quality since I've worked in audio engineering and as a DJ in my younger years.

    I've found the Lumia devices (including the 1520) to be really great as far as sound quality goes. I would say that they honestly rival if not exceed the quality of the Zune HD, which has an awesome Wolfson chip in it.

    I also appreciate that the 1520 has the customizable EQ on it so that I can tweak things if need be.
    I was disappointed with the audio quality in the 920, not loud enough coming out of my beyerdynamic COP. I had to use an amplifier to get the sound to my liking?

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    11-26-2013 03:21 PM
  6. Morpheus Phreak's Avatar
    I was disappointed with the audio quality in the 920, not loud enough coming out of my beyerdynamic COP. I had to use an amplifier to get the sound to my liking?

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    That's odd. I've owned a 900 and a 1520 and the sound on both with non-amplified headphones was fine. Then again I use high-end IEM style earphones that block pretty much all exterior sound due to the awesome seal I get from them so more of the sound is directed straight in. I will say the 1520 is better than the 900 in that regard. I haven't owned a 920 so I wouldn't know for sure how the sound on that handset would be.
    11-26-2013 05:50 PM
  7. cmore675's Avatar
    I think the sound on my 1520 is a little low, what do I have to do to get it louder on my headphones?
    11-26-2013 07:01 PM
  8. azcruz's Avatar
    I'm a fairly picky person when it comes to audio quality since I've worked in audio engineering and as a DJ in my younger years.

    I've found the Lumia devices (including the 1520) to be really great as far as sound quality goes. I would say that they honestly rival if not exceed the quality of the Zune HD, which has an awesome Wolfson chip in it.
    <snip>
    Does the 'Lumia devices' in your statement include the 610, 920, and 925?

    ps:

    You just confirmed you have not heard a 920...
    11-26-2013 07:04 PM
  9. azcruz's Avatar
    I think the sound on my 1520 is a little low, what do I have to do to get it louder on my headphones?
    Buy a more efficient headphone, and mind you sensitivity specs is just one thing. So you heally have to try them one by one. You wouldn't want carrying an amp would you?
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    11-26-2013 07:05 PM
  10. azcruz's Avatar
    That's odd. I've owned a 900 and a 1520 and the sound on both with non-amplified headphones was fine. Then again I use high-end IEM style earphones that block pretty much all exterior sound due to the awesome seal I get from them so more of the sound is directed straight in. I will say the 1520 is better than the 900 in that regard. I haven't owned a 920 so I wouldn't know for sure how the sound on that handset would be.
    Will you share what is your high-end IEM?
    11-26-2013 07:07 PM
  11. Morpheus Phreak's Avatar
    Will you share what is your high-end IEM?
    They don't make them anymore unfortunately. The IEM's I was referring to were the original Zune Premium's. I made sure to stock up on several pairs when they were originally being discontinued.

    I've owned owned some of the higher end ($500 and up) stuff from JH Audio, Sennheiser, Shure, etc...but in all honesty the Zune Premium's to me seem to hit the right sound at least for me.

    I've found that due to differences in the way people hear things (difference in the structure of the ear...damage that occurs from various occupations) that it's a very personal thing when getting IEM's or a set of cans to listen to.

    To address what you said earlier about the 920. I have used one briefly in a store and did get permission to test my set on them...but it was only for a couple minutes so I didn't want to draw any conclusions.

    My daily drivers that I can speak with any certain on is the 900 and 1520.
    11-26-2013 10:27 PM
  12. azcruz's Avatar
    Thank you for sharing. I may see it in eBay.

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    11-26-2013 10:32 PM
  13. Morpheus Phreak's Avatar
    No problem :)

    BTW make sure they are the V1's. The V2 Premiums weren't quite right. Normally they will have them listed as V1 or V2 when you look for them. The V2's have the cloth cord with yellow spots on the cord. The V1's have a rubber cord and are a dark grey all around.
    11-26-2013 11:18 PM
  14. azcruz's Avatar
    Alright, thanks for the heads up.

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    11-26-2013 11:22 PM
  15. irvin792's Avatar
    I really wish Nokia would amplify their headphone jacks like hTC is doing ......the 920 is a bit underwhelming in the loudness department for me.
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    11-26-2013 11:34 PM
  16. cmore675's Avatar
    They don't make them anymore unfortunately. The IEM's I was referring to were the original Zune Premium's. I made sure to stock up on several pairs when they were originally being discontinued.

    I've owned owned some of the higher end ($500 and up) stuff from JH Audio, Sennheiser, Shure, etc...but in all honesty the Zune Premium's to me seem to hit the right sound at least for me.

    I've found that due to differences in the way people hear things (difference in the structure of the ear...damage that occurs from various occupations) that it's a very personal thing when getting IEM's or a set of cans to listen to.

    To address what you said earlier about the 920. I have used one briefly in a store and did get permission to test my set on them...but it was only for a couple minutes so I didn't want to draw any conclusions.

    My daily drivers that I can speak with any certain on is the 900 and 1520.
    what headphones do you speak of? Can you give a link?
    11-27-2013 02:43 PM
  17. azcruz's Avatar
    what headphones do you speak of? Can you give a link?
    He answered that as a reply to me. Check a few posts before.
    11-27-2013 07:13 PM
  18. blur510's Avatar
    are there any wp8 apps that will play flac?
    11-28-2013 01:34 AM
  19. vlad0's Avatar
    Wait for the review from GSMarena, they have a very comprehensive audio test... so far non of the lumia phones have impressed with their audio output capabilities. I believe that the 1020 is probably the best of the bunch but gsmarena haven't tested it yet.

    Currently the two best smartphones in terms of audio quality are the Samsung GS4, the Nokia 808, and pretty much all the iphones from 4s and up. The galaxy S1 and the Nokia N9 are also very good.. I think they share the same audio chip. The N8 is quite good as well.

    More on what those numbers mean here: GSMArena feature labs: The tests - GSMArena.com





    Just look at that dynamic range on the 808 and the GS4... Look at the stereo cross talk on the GS4.. that's very, very good.

    The dolby headphone option on the Nokia phones makes a difference as well.. its a really nice EQ, I use it all the time.
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    11-28-2013 11:02 AM
  20. snowmutt's Avatar
    While I will not pretend to know what all those numbers mean- OK, I won't pretend to know what any of them mean- I appreciate the baseline. I will absolutely keep an eye on GSM Arena. Heck, have their App on my L900. And I will use this as a reference.

    I appreciate it, vlad!!!
    11-30-2013 06:56 PM
  21. kevm14's Avatar
    Buy a more efficient headphone, and mind you sensitivity specs is just one thing. So you heally have to try them one by one. You wouldn't want carrying an amp would you?
    If anyone wants a professional quality over the ear headphone for music, try the Sony MDR-V6. Probably the best you'll do under $100 (and out-shines many costing a lot more). They are sensitive, and have a response that is perfect for music. In other words, they sound perfect with a flat EQ.
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    12-01-2013 08:56 AM

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