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DxOMark pits iPhone 11 against 3 phones during jazz concert audio test

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What you need to know

  • DxOMark tested iPhone 11's audio prowess.
  • It was tested against three Android phones.
  • But this is DxOMark, so pinch of salt required.

DxOMark has been testing smartphone cameras for a while, creating its arbitrary scoring as it goes. Now it's testing for audio quality, with iPhone 11 pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S10+, The Honor 20 Pro, and OnePlus 7 Pro.

The test itself was conducted during a jazz show in Paris, France. All four phones were used to record audio with a video produced to help us better visualize what we're listening to. Each phone's recording can be heard twice. Take a listen and see what you think. You'd probably be best using headphones, too.

There's further explanation of the test and how it was done on the DxOMark website (via Cult of Mac), for those interested.

Ultimately, it's difficult to know what to make of this test and its results. DxOMark has long been suspected of odd practices in its camera tests. Whether that's the case in its audio tests isn't clear at this point, but I'll let you make your own minds up. Let me know how you feel about this test in the comments below.

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Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

4 Comments
  • Reminder, on imore and in Rene's eyes, if DxO gives an iphone a win in anything, it's honest to god gospel. If they rank something better than the iphone, it's shady and take DxO with a grain of salt, GOT IT!. BTW i think Dx0 and other "review" sites for photography are a load of crap anyways. but the bias here is just as bad.
  • Do you have an example or proof that Rene has bee hypocritical about DxO reviews?
  • Rene and the entire imore team have. Rightfully so. However, I remember in the days of the iphone 5 to 7 where the 1020 would mop the floor with it, but the DxO reviews would have iphones beating the 1020 easily. Unfortunately its probably on the 11 that can compete with the 1020 on pure image quality. I know my iphone 8 does not.
  • OK, thanks for all that “proof.”