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LG G6 to offer a 32-bit Quad DAC for 'exceptional' sound balance
by Muhammad Zaid Tariq
The LG G6 has been in the news a lot lately. Whether it's about ditching the modular design or leaked design images, the flagship handset sure is stirring up some excitement. Now, LG has announced that the device will feature a 32-bit HiFi Quad DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) for high-quality audio and "exceptional" sound balance.
This isn't the first time LG has installed this type of hardware on one of its devices. Last year, the LG V20 also sported the 32-bit Quad DAC for a high-quality listening experience, as we noted in our review of the handset. According to LG, the upgraded version of this hardware will now be utilized in the G6.
To offer this audiophile-level sound quality into its handset, the Korean giant has teamed up with ESS Technologies - a company that specializes in producing high-quality audio chipsets. The Quad DAC sports four DACs on a single chip - as the name suggests - which reduces its size by a factor of four, and also minimizes noise by up to 50% when a single DAC is in use.
Other features of the DAC include the ability to fine tune the left and right sound channels separately, which enhances sound balance and reduces noise. Increased integration in its internal circuit also helps lower distortion levels to 0.0002%. LG claims that due to this, minimum acoustic information is lost and sound quality remains clear and crisp.
The LG G6 flagship handset will be unveiled on February 26 at the Mobile World Congress 2017.
I don't know if any of you have heard of this player, it's called Bug Head Emperor. It was written by this fellow in Japan, and it's the best sounding audio player I've ever heard. Of course, it's quite likely the ugliest interface for a program you have ever seen, but the fidelity of audio from it makes up for it. He just recently released version 3.00, and it's got some improved capabilities, but just as ugly as ever. My youngest brother, who lives in Japan introduced this gem to me about a month ago. I'm not sure exactly how it works and makes audio from your computer sound so good, since the manual and his explanation of its processes are in Japanese (and his English is not super good).
Here's the URL of the site: http://oryaaaaa.world.coocan.jp/bughead/
Check it out. Again, it's nothing to look at, and some of the ways of configuring the sound 'flavors' is a bit odd. But the quality of audio from this thing is quite spectacular, especially if your music collection is played from your PC into your home stereo system. Honestly, I wish I could grab the code and the dlls and create a more pleasing interface (something like Foobar). My sound card is a Asus Xonar Essence STX, and man, does it sound good.