In the mobile tech wars between the multiple competing OEM’s, features and improvements have gradually shrunk in terms of their impact and the overall change to the user experience. Certainly with regards to improving features that have long been a part of mobile phone technology, it’s been more difficult to really differentiate certain features much more.
HTC’s BoomSound is the exception. There are times when you see, or feel, or hear a significant difference on newly released devices that truly stands out. For me, BoomSound has been a differentiator. I’ve had the opportunity to use other flagship devices that have been released this spring and summer, and when I put on my headphones to listen to music for the first time on the HTC 10, I actually stopped in my tracks and said out loud, “Wow. That sounds WAY better than the others…”
Now… some would say that’s because I was using the Harman Kardon NC buds, and quite honestly I think that has a lot to do with it. HTC’s BoomSound with Dolby Audio is designed to not only enhance high and low tones, but also works extraordinarily well to complement high end cabled headphones and speakers. There are options to use three different types of HTC headsets, as well as the “Other” option for headsets or speakers that don’t fit the HTC earbuds, HTC in-ear, and HTC Pro Studio options.
I have been using the HTC in-ear option with the HK buds. I feel like the music really lit up, and even more so when I used the powered Noise Cancellation feature on my headset. I have even tried tinkering with different sound features on Spotify, YouTube, Tune-In, and other media players on the device, and for every single app, the performance has been extraordinary. In my humble opinion, the audio performance for the HTC 10 is the best out of the 3 recently released flagship Android devices.
I should also take this opportunity to talk a bit about HTC accessories. I was able to use a set of HTC earbuds that came with another device a few generations back. Unfortunately, after one of my workouts, I left the earbuds in my pocket, and they went through a full cycle in the wash that included a 30 minute pre-soak and then a double rinse cycle. That was a month ago, but the earbuds still work today. I don’t recommend washing them or immersing them in water. As a matter of fact, my advice is that you should NOT get them wet. However, I think it’s a testament to the build quality of HTC’s hardware and accessories, and in the context of this blog, their AUDIO accessories that a set of earbuds did NOT fail after being fully washed.
Since HTC initially released the HTC One with HK audio tuning, I think they’ve continually worked to balance cost with performance. I feel like with the HTC 10, they hit the nail on the head and have built an extraordinary device for music and media enjoyment. I also HIGHLY recommend complementing your HTC 10 with a set of Earbuds, In-Ear headphones, or Pro Studio headsets. If you love music and high quality audio, you will be doing yourself a favor by picking up a set of good headphones to use with the HTC 10.
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