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How To Get Amazing Sound Out Of Your iPhone 6

By: Derrick Poon

The iPhone is an amazing all in one product. It can take beautiful photos, play games, help navigate your car, and play/store thousands of songs. Ever since the introduction of the iPhone however, one distinct group has maintained that the iPhone is incapable of playing high quality music. Audiophiles believe that the iPhone 6 isn’t a good playback device for music because they believe the digital analog converter is subpar and doesn’t support 24bit/192khz music. Despite these claims, with the right knowledge, your iPhone 6 will be able to project high resolution music to your speaker system.

In order to achieve this you will need to have these following items:

  • Loudspeakers (We used Ogeeg)
  • Amplifier (we used a 20W tube amp)
  •  iPhone 6

With these items you can easily experience high-resolution audio by following the steps in this article.

The first step towards amazing sound is understanding that every part of a sound system matters, especially the song format and audio player. Failing to select either of these can easily keep your expensive speakers from sounding incredible. This is where the difference between lossy formats such as mp3 and lossless formats such as FLAC come into play. Without going into too much detail about bits and bitrate, FLAC files are compressed by a codec without losing any musical quality during this process. The downside is that FLAC files are usually much larger than their mp3 counterparts, but since they store more information, they include many small details that will not be included in a compressed mp3 file. The link below gives a great in-depth explanation of what lossless formats are and why they are superior to lossy formats.

https://www.whatinterviewprep.com/prepare-for-the-interview/audio-formats/

It is extremely important to have the ability to play lossless quality songs on your iPhone if you want the best sound. The only problem with FLAC files is that Apple itself does not support FLAC songs through its default player, but fortunately there are several apps you can use to play lossless formats. After extensive testing of all these apps we found that the “Onkyo HD Player” has the best combination of ease of use, musical playback quality, and detailed equalizer capability. It is also the only iOS application that can support playback of 24 bit/192khz music. The only downsides are that the 24bit feature costs $9.99 and adding songs to a playlist is somewhat difficult.

After downloading the application, the next step is to transfer files from your computer to your iPhone. Since this application is independent of iTunes, the method for transferring FLAC files is slightly different. If you hit the gear icon on the screen of the app, you will find a slew of information including an FAQ and audio file transfer guide. If you are looking for that slight bit of musical quality improvement from 16 to 24 bit audio, this is also the section where you can upgrade your app to support that feature for $9.99. The next step in achieving idealistic sound is setting up your equalizer settings. This can be done by selecting a song and then hitting the large equalizer text. A large interface with a customizable equalizer line will come up. It is now up to you to tune your equalizer to whatever settings make your speakers sound the best. Make sure you listen closely when setting your equalizer because it can make a world of a difference. You have successfully converted your iphone from a $600 phone to a multimedia powerhouse that not only will play high quality music, but also hold way more songs than a cd player. Your lossless music should now sound immensely more detailed than an iTunes mp3. A small mic click, the fullness of a violin’s vibrato, the body of a singer’s voice. All of these small details will come to life as you begin to hear sounds you never knew existed on these tracks.

It is extremely important to have the ability to play lossless quality songs on your iPhone if you want the best sound. The only problem with FLAC files is that Apple itself does not support FLAC songs through its default player, but fortunately there are several apps you can use to play lossless formats. After extensive testing of all these apps we found that the “Onkyo HD Player” has the best combination of ease of use, musical playback quality, and detailed equalizer capability. It is also the only iOS application that can support playback of 24 bit/192khz music. The only downsides are that the 24bit feature costs $9.99 and adding songs to a playlist is somewhat difficult.

After downloading the application, the next step is to transfer files from your computer to your iPhone. Since this application is independent of iTunes, the method for transferring FLAC files is slightly different. If you hit the gear icon on the screen of the app, you will find a slew of information including an FAQ and audio file transfer guide. If you are looking for that slight bit of musical quality improvement from 16 to 24 bit audio, this is also the section where you can upgrade your app to support that feature for $9.99. The next step in achieving idealistic sound is setting up your equalizer settings. This can be done by selecting a song and then hitting the large equalizer text. A large interface with a customizable equalizer line will come up. It is now up to you to tune your equalizer to whatever settings make your speakers sound the best. Make sure you listen closely when setting your equalizer because it can make a world of a difference. You have successfully converted your iphone from a $600 phone to a multimedia powerhouse that not only will play high quality music, but also hold way more songs than a cd player. Your lossless music should now sound immensely more detailed than an iTunes mp3. A small mic click, the fullness of a violin’s vibrato, the body of a singer’s voice. All of these small details will come to life as you begin to hear sounds you never knew existed on these tracks.

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