HTC to include Beats Audio in upcoming Windows Phones

According to the folks over at The Verge, HTC is planning on implementing Beats Audio in their upcoming Windows Phone 8 smartphones, marking the first time the audio enhancement technology has been used with Windows Phone devices. The mid-range HTC Accord is apparently going to be the first device from HTC that uses Beats Audio, with branding on the rear of the device.

HTC Windows Phones with Beats Audio will come with a special Beats Audio application that allows you to control the feature on your phone. While the HTC Accord is currently "confirmed" to get Beats Audio, the company is considering adding it to their other two rumored devices: the "Rio" and "Zenith"; The Verge has an 89% accuracy rating.

Older HTC Windows Phones included SRS Enhancement options to improve sound output, but since their partnership with Beats, several Android devices have been released with the functionality (like the One X, One S and One V).

HTC is expected to announce their new Windows Phone 8 devices in the third week of September.

Source: The Verge | Image via The Verge

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Beats is fine, but it is not a major jump in quality over SRS.

As for people doubting Beats or SRS, they need to understand how they work and what they do a bit more before they say they don't matter.

SRS came from QSound (if I remember right), which is a method to create 3D positioning from only 2 speakers. It also used speaker sharing concepts from array designs like Bose always used, so it could provide far richer and deeper bass than what the speakers were originally designed to produce.

On the current HTC phones, go into Settings, and turn on SRS if you haven't. It will increase the clarity and add richer bass, it also will increase the audio output level.

On my Trophy, which isn't as keen as the HTC Surround, the SRS setting and just the internal speaker are enough to listen to podcasts or music in the backyard and has a touch of bass that other phones don't. (Compared to the horrible sound output of an iPhone, it sounds like a Theater. Of course this helps the 3rd party 'dock' sales for the iPhone that is just not needed as much on other phones.)

When Madonna and other artists first started using these technologies back in the early 90s/late 80s, their albums were far beyond the quality of other albums, making any speakers sound bigger and richer than what was traditionally possible.

If anyone is curious as to why it works, go look up SRS/QSound, and also look at Bose Speaker Array technology.

Bose was one of the first/first that instead of a huge 18" speaker, would be an array of twelve 4" speakers. This allowed the sound to remain crisp/tight and still shove as much air volume as a much larger speaker for Bass. PA Systems were almost always Bose for many years because of their clarity and ability to produce really loud rich bass.

(In the 1980s, Corvette teamed up with Bose to be one of first Audio/Car pairing creations, as they wanted really deep base but needed a technology that was lighter than have a system of woofers in the sports car.

So if you find a 1980s Corvette is Bose sound, they are built with just four 4" speakers, yet sounded like it had a hidden 12" woofer.

It had literally was too loud and had too much Bass at the standard settings, as GM had to turn down the Bass settings in newer versions of the Corvette, because the old guys that bought them hated the Bass even with the Bass control turned all the way down.)

thenetavenger said,
Beats is fine, but it is not a major jump in quality over SRS.

As for people doubting Beats or SRS, they need to understand how they work and what they do a bit more before they say they don't matter.

SRS came from QSound (if I remember right), which is a method to create 3D positioning from only 2 speakers. It also used speaker sharing concepts from array designs like Bose always used, so it could provide far richer and deeper bass than what the speakers were originally designed to produce.

On the current HTC phones, go into Settings, and turn on SRS if you haven't. It will increase the clarity and add richer bass, it also will increase the audio output level.

On my Trophy, which isn't as keen as the HTC Surround, the SRS setting and just the internal speaker are enough to listen to podcasts or music in the backyard and has a touch of bass that other phones don't. (Compared to the horrible sound output of an iPhone, it sounds like a Theater. Of course this helps the 3rd party 'dock' sales for the iPhone that is just not needed as much on other phones.)

When Madonna and other artists first started using these technologies back in the early 90s/late 80s, their albums were far beyond the quality of other albums, making any speakers sound bigger and richer than what was traditionally possible.

If anyone is curious as to why it works, go look up SRS/QSound, and also look at Bose Speaker Array technology.

Bose was one of the first/first that instead of a huge 18" speaker, would be an array of twelve 4" speakers. This allowed the sound to remain crisp/tight and still shove as much air volume as a much larger speaker for Bass. PA Systems were almost always Bose for many years because of their clarity and ability to produce really loud rich bass.

(In the 1980s, Corvette teamed up with Bose to be one of first Audio/Car pairing creations, as they wanted really deep base but needed a technology that was lighter than have a system of woofers in the sports car.

So if you find a 1980s Corvette is Bose sound, they are built with just four 4" speakers, yet sounded like it had a hidden 12" woofer.

It had literally was too loud and had too much Bass at the standard settings, as GM had to turn down the Bass settings in newer versions of the Corvette, because the old guys that bought them hated the Bass even with the Bass control turned all the way down.)


don't get me wrong avenger, I love your posts buy you give way too much value to sound processing tech in these tiny devices. Srs on stereos is decent. But the srs on my titan is basically an eq setting. I don't want to pay an overpriced license fee built into the cost of my device just so they can say beats on it. The device srs does just fibe since they are all obsessed with not allowing tone controls on phones. Beats is effectively a "monstercable" or "vitamin water" brand to me. As far as comparing Bose enclosure design to the HTC surround... Gimme a break.

G Unit said,
yeh. as if beats will make a phone sound better than one without beats

There is a large difference when Beats is turned off however it is hard to judge whether you would get the same effect by changing the EQ to rock, jazz, flat or whatever and in actual fact Beats on the phone itself does very little for the average user.

Sweet, beats audio. If there was one thing I could think of I was missing it was some cool named speaker system in my phone.