Our friends over at Btekt have conducted a detailed stereo speaker comparison between the Xperia Z2 and the HTC One. We already reported on a similar comparison between these devices, but that was conducted on the show floor, so it was difficult to get a true sense of the difference given the background noise.
Btekt’s comparison was conducted in a quiet room, where they had a selection of different music categories (classical, hip–hop, opera, pop, dance and guitar strumming) to see which handset fared better. The music was played back using Spotify (320 kbps on Extreme quality) at full volume – the music was downloaded and pre-cached before conducting the test.
Btekt used three different microphones to capture the audio and used the mic which gave the best sound representation, which you can hear in the video below. Overall, the HTC One appeared to offer better clarity and sound staging more suited to the classical and opera tracks. The Xperia Z2 provided a louder, bassier and fuller sound, something that we felt listening to yesterday’s speaker comparison with the Xperia Z1.
The video also shows the Xperia Z2 playing music face down on various surfaces with little or no muffling. It will be interesting to see how the Xperia Z2 fares against the new HTC One (M8) when it is announced later this month.