When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S20 trio on February 13, these top Samsung phones became the end of the headphone port on high-end smartphones. With the official role of the leader more important than both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Fold, the launch of the Galaxy S phones has no headphone port, which shows that Samsung is no longer “freaking out” about this old port.
From the perspective of an audiophile, I fully support this decision of the world’s leading smartphone brand – despite the fact that 3.5mm ports often produce better sound quality than dongles (Lightning / USB-C to 3.5mm) included with the phone.
The Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra became the first Galaxy S models without a traditional headphone port.
Why is there a paradox that? First of all, it should be pointed out that, an audio believer is not care about the sound quality of the 3.5mm port on your phone The smartphone’s size limit does not allow manufacturers to integrate quality DAC / amp (convert digital signals to analog and amplify signals) quality. Comparing the sound quality between the integrated 3.5mm port with the sound from the dongle and the transmitter inside the cheap Bluetooth headset is therefore extremely meaningless: if you are passionate about audio, why bother to compare those The same thing is … bad?
And, why compare the source while the new headset is the most important component in the audio sequence? In this respect, Samsung has killed the headphone port in the best way possible: since last year, Galaxy Note10 buyers have been given Samsung’s True Wireless headphones (Galaxy Buds) when buying the device. This year, buyers of Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra received a Galaxy Buds + upgrade with a retail price of up to 4.5 million. At this price bracket, Galaxy Buds + outperforms rivals in the number of drivers (speakers) and is renowned by the AKG brand from Austria.
As a result, the bundled Galaxy S20 + / S20 Ultra headphones are capable of beating retail rivals in terms of sound quality – none of the $ 4.5 million True Wireless models have been made available by a renowned headphone brand. from Europe directly behind as Galaxy Buds + both.
Replace the 3.5mm port and traditional bundled headphones with True Wireless with AKG calibrated. Why not?
The decision to give away free Galaxy Buds + to Galaxy S20 + and S20 Ultra users makes the death of the headphone port … praiseworthy. In recent years, smartphone manufacturers have never died on the headphone port on smartphones True Wireless earphones or even high-quality Lightning / USB-C headphones. In contrast, all they did was give away a dongle, or change the headphone port from 3.5mm to Lightning / USB-C. The sound quality of the headphones included in the device is therefore the same, or even worse due to the use of poor quality DAC on the dongle.
Samsung took the opposite route completely: when there was a headphone port, the Korean giant also offered AKG headphones with the Galaxy S and Note series models. When there’s no headphone port left on the Galaxy S20 + / S20 Ultra, Samsung uses premium headphones as a practical gift to high-end Galaxy users.
Users have been angry because other manufacturers killed the headphone port in a way that is inconvenient and disrespectful to them. Samsung killed the headphone port and provided a more convenient, smarter solution with better sound. Buyers of Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra have no reason to regret this connection anymore.
High-end smartphones will also be a great choice to connect high-quality headphones and DAC / amp via Bluetooth or USB-C.
Of course, there will still be more fastidious audiophiles who demand the highest possible sound quality with a high-bandwidth Bluetooth DAC or a DAC / amp connected via USB-C. Even with this use case, high-end Galaxy S20s will still have an advantage over “regular” phones. First of all, the Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra have a memory capacity starting from 128GB, which is too much to store high quality music.
But more important is the perfect “phone connected to DAC / amp” experience. Because anyone with experience playing audio with a mobile device will understand that not all Bluetooth and USB-C devices have the same experience quality. Every smartphone has Bluetooth, but poor quality smartphone will give less stable Bluetooth signal, lose connection or make noise. Every smartphone has USB-C (or microUSB), but compatibility issues can occur. A good example is the Pixel smartphone, which does not use a lot of USB-dac compatible with many other smartphone brands.
Manufacturers of audio equipment will therefore always have to find the most popular, widely used phone brand to optimize compatibility. Of course, that brand is Samsung, the only one to have sold nearly 300 million smartphone units in 2019. Quality DAC / amp users are assured that their audio equipment will be compatible with the Galaxy S20, and that they will always enjoy the most stable listening experience on Samsung’s high-end smartphones.
In the end, the 3.5mm port is an old, decades-old port. This port has been worthy of sinking into the past for a long time, but the way smartphone manufacturers killed the 3.5mm port is really worth mentioning. Samsung alone killed the headphone port after having a handy solution and better sound quality for users. The Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra alone ensure the best transmitter role when paired with DAC / amp.