LG V60 ThinQ 5G Audio review

LG’s not too long ago launched high-end telephone, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G, is filled with energy and options. Constructed on a Snapdragon 865 processor and that includes 8GB of RAM, together with a 6.8-inch 1080p display and triple most important cameras, it has specs that rival different flagships.

We put the LG V60 Thinq 5G by our rigorous DXOMARK Audio take a look at suite to measure its efficiency each at enjoying audio again by its built-in audio system, and at recording sound utilizing its built-in microphones. On this review, we are going to break down the way it fared in a wide range of exams and several other widespread use instances.

Key audio specs embody:

  • 32-bit high-fidelity quad DAC
  • 4 microphones for improved spatial audio recording
  • AI-powered 3D audio engine
  • Prime and backside stereo audio system
  • Customized recording modes

About DXOMARK Audio exams: For scoring and evaluation in our smartphone audio critiques, DXOMARK engineers carry out a wide range of goal exams and undertake greater than 20 hours of perceptual analysis beneath managed lab situations. This text highlights an important outcomes of our testing. Notice that we consider each Playback and Recording utilizing solely the gadget’s built-in hardware and default apps. (For extra particulars about our Playback protocol, click here; for extra particulars about our Recording protocol, click here.)

Take a look at abstract

65

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The LG V60 ThinQ 5G achieved an general Audio rating of 65 in our testing, two factors beneath the OnePlus 8 Professional, and 6 factors beneath the Apple iPhone 11, the 2 telephones we straight in contrast it with. So the V60’s general audio efficiency doesn’t fairly match that of aggressive telephones. Its Playback efficiency is mid-pack in comparison with the units we’ve examined, however beneath comparable telephones from different distributors. The distinction is much more pronounced in our Recording exams.

Its Playback sub-score of 67 was harm by weak bass and high-end in our tonal replica exams, and mediocre efficiency in our different playback exams. One shiny spot was its comparatively artifact-free rendering of audio sources. It additionally does a great job of easily altering volume and offers a fairly good maximum volume degree.

On the subject of recording, the V60 is among the many weaker performers amongst telephones we’ve examined, with an Audio Recording sub-score of 59. Right here, too, it suffers from poor tonal response, in addition to a poor means to permit listeners to pinpoint the places of sound sources. The V60 does do a great job of preserving sound dynamics when making video recordings with the primary digital camera. As with enjoying again audio, the foreground sounds in recordings made with the V60 are comparatively freed from artifacts. Nonetheless, background sounds are positively harmed by extreme artifacts.

Movies recorded with the LG V60 ThinQ 5G undergo from poor bass and high-end preservation.

The sturdy midrange and good playback quantity imply that gaming is the perfect of the use instances we examined for the V60, scoring fairly a bit above its efficiency for music and films. Equally for recording, the V60 carried out strongest in our memo use case. Video recording with the primary digital camera was additionally pretty strong, and significantly better high quality than when utilizing the selfie digital camera.

Sub-scores defined

The DXOMARK Audio general rating of 65 for the LG V60 ThinQ 5G is derived from the Playback and Recording scores and their respective sub-scores. On this part, we are going to take a more in-depth take a look at these audio high quality sub-scores and clarify what they imply for the person.

Playback

Timbre

DXOMARK timbre exams measure how effectively a telephone reproduces sound throughout the audible tonal vary and takes under consideration bass, midrange, treble, tonal balance, and volume dependency.

Tonal response is missing on the high and low finish, however strong midrange efficiency helps voices come throughout clearly and naturally when enjoying audio and video.

The V60’s tonal response is mid-pack among the many telephones we now have examined. In comparison with different comparable telephones, audio lacks bass, and excessive frequencies are additionally a bit weak. In consequence, sound can typically appear muddled, and the midrange is obese, serving to clarify the telephone’s mediocre playback timbre sub-score of 59. On the constructive facet, higher midrange tones are very effectively preserved, in order that voices come throughout clearly and naturally. The decrease midrange can be sturdy, so musical chords are properly rendered. Tonal response is constant throughout quantity ranges, which is a plus. You possibly can see the comparatively weak bass and high-end efficiency on this chart of speaker frequency response:

Dynamics

Our dynamics exams measure how effectively a tool reproduces the vitality degree of a sound source.

Its strong midrange response helps the V60 present good attack efficiency and makes for punchy notes and strong rendering of guitar and snare transients. That’s offset by its weak point in high-frequency replica and bass tones, which result in a scarcity of precision, particularly for low notes. Its playback dynamics sub-score of 64 positioned it beneath the Apple iPhone 11 (68) and simply behind the OnePlus 8 Professional (65) comparability units.

Spatial

The V60 does a fairly good job of spatially rendering sound sources. Audio is effectively balanced, which helps sources sound appropriately centered. The telephone’s superb midrange additionally provides to its means to protect the obvious distance of audio sources. These strengths assist it obtain an above-average playback spatial sub-score of 63. Nonetheless, its weak high-end response makes it tough for listeners to pinpoint the placement of sound sources, and muffled tonal stability additionally implies that the V60’s sound stage width is barely common. Outcomes are the identical whether or not the telephone is held in panorama or inverted panorama orientation.

Good spatial balance

Quantity

Our quantity exams measure each the general loudness a tool is ready to produce and the way easily quantity will increase and reduces based mostly on person enter.

Good playback quantity efficiency shall be common with avid gamers utilizing the LG V60 ThinQ 5G.

Playback quantity is among the highlights of the V60’s audio efficiency. Quantity ranges transfer easily as the quantity controls are adjusted up and down, and sounds come throughout clearly at even the bottom quantity setting. You possibly can see on this chart that it maintains a extra linear quantity response than the telephones we in contrast it with:

The V60’s most quantity can be spectacular. Listed below are the sound stress ranges we measured when enjoying our pattern recordings of hip-hop and classical music at most quantity:

Hip-Hop Classical
75.3 dBA 71.8 dBA

Artifacts

Our artifacts exams measure how a lot supply audio is distorted when performed again by a tool’s speaker. Distortion can happen each due to sound processing within the gadget and due to the standard of the audio system.

The V60 does an excellent job of enjoying again clear audio, with a scarcity of artifacts. Its playback artifacts sub-score of 86 is among the higher ones among the many telephones we’ve examined, and higher than most of its peer group. There’s some slight sound compression and bass distortion at most quantity, and a few speaker rumbling when enjoying again artificial indicators.

Recording

Timbre

Tonal replica is kind of poor when recording audio with the V60, with each high-end and low-end frequencies missing. Along with impairing the expertise of listening to music and sound tracks, this tends to make voices sound barely nasal in comparison with most different units we’ve examined. The overly-strong midrange can even make voices sound too distinguished in sound mixes.

This chart exhibits the relative lack of bass and high-frequency falloff in audio when recording movies with the V60:

Dynamics

The V60 does a superb job of precisely recording sound dynamics, even when recording very loud audio sources. The result’s a really sturdy recording dynamics sub-score of 68. Specifically, the V60 options superb signal-to-noise ratio when capturing movies, and the sound envelope of voices is effectively preserved. The punch of musical devices can be precisely reproduced. That is one class the place the V60 out-performed the OnePlus 8 Professional (62) and the iPhone 11 (63).

Spatial

Total, recordings made with the V60 do a poor job of preserving the spatial location of sound sources. The V60’s recording spatial sub-score of 42 is among the lowest we now have measured. The telephone’s strongest characteristic on this class is its means to breed a large sound stage when recording video with the primary digital camera. However that constructive is offset by midrange resonances that make it arduous to pinpoint voices and a scarcity of wideness when recording with the selfie digital camera. Flaws in tonal replica additionally imply that voices can sound farther away than they really are.

Poor spatial localizability

It’s arduous to find out the placement of sound sources in recordings made with the V60.

Quantity

Recording quantity ranges are okay on the V60, however not nice. Its recording quantity sub-score of 63 falls in between the very low 42 of the OnePlus 8 Professional and the superb 76 of the iPhone 11. The V60 does have a specialised live performance recording mode contained within the Memo app that improves the standard of music recordings, however it isn’t accessible when recording video and was not thought-about in our scored exams.

The V60 does a great job recording and enjoying again midrange sounds, which helps it present good voice replica.

Listed below are our take a look at outcomes, measured in LUFS (Loudness Unit Full Scale); as a reference, we anticipate loudness ranges to be above -24 LUFS for recorded content material. The assembly state of affairs, particularly, is simply barely at an appropriate degree:

Assembly Life Video Selfie Video Memo
-24 LUFS -15.6 LUFS -15.4 LUFS -19.2 LUFS

Artifacts

The V60 is among the better-performing telephones we’ve examined relating to avoiding audible artifacts when recording audio, particularly when recording video with the primary digital camera. Nonetheless, if the person holds the telephone close to its microphones, finger noises are audible and impair voice recordings. The telephone’s noise-cancelling algorithms additionally make voices tougher to grasp and intervene with the readability of background sounds. At excessive loudness ranges, distortion throughout your entire tonal vary can be current. This mentioned, its recording artifacts sub-score of 75 was effectively above the OnePlus 8 Professional’s rating of 70 and the iPhone 11’s 66.

You possibly can hear on this pattern how the unnatural rendering of the background detracts from the recording’s general high quality:

Background

The V60 doesn’t preserved background sounds effectively. Its heavy noise-cancelling algorithm makes such noises come throughout as very unnatural in each use case we examined. In consequence, its recording background sub-score of 19 is among the many very lowest of any telephone we’ve examined, and effectively beneath the 44 of the OnePlus 8 Professional and the 53 of the iPhone 11. Whereas it didn’t impression our take a look at outcomes, the V60 has “voice bokeh” setting that helps enhance vocal readability considerably, however sadly makes the general recording sound much more unnatural.

Conclusion

Whereas the LG V60 ThinQ 5G put in a mid-pack efficiency in comparison with all of the telephones whose audio we now have examined, it’s beneath its friends for each Playback and Recording. On the root is poor tonal vary rendering when enjoying again audio and video, in addition to poor tonal vary preservation when recording. That drawback contributes to poor leads to numerous classes.

One shiny spot is that the V60 performs again comparatively artifact-free sound, and that, coupled with its sturdy midrange, make it an inexpensive alternative for each listening to and recording voice. Sadly, whereas voices are effectively preserved when recording, poor background rendering impacts the general recording high quality.

The V60 additionally options some distinctive recording modes, together with live performance, voice bokeh, and ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response). These didn’t enter into our take a look at outcomes, however could be helpful relying on the way you anticipate to make use of your telephone. The LG V60 ThinQ does characterize a serious enchancment over the earlier LG we examined, the LG G8 ThinQ, which at 52 had one of many lowest audio scores of any of the telephones we had examined so far.

Playback

Execs

  • Pretty good spatial replica, with good way efficiency
  • Voices are perceived near the display place, because of a great low midrange presence
  • Few temporal or spectral artifacts when enjoying again audio
  • Good quantity efficiency, as content material is evident even at minimum quantity

Cons

  • Tonal response is impaired by a noticeable lack of high- and low-end extensions, with the outcome that the gadget sounds barely muffled
  • Impaired tonal response additionally narrows the sound stage
  • Dynamics additionally undergo because of tonal vary points

Recording

Execs

  • Nice sound dynamics, particularly of loud audio sources
  • Good preservation of loudness
  • Good spatial efficiency when recording video with the primary digital camera
  • Devoted live performance recording mode within the memo app has higher efficiency than life video or selfie video for loud sound sources

Cons

  • Tonal stability is impaired by inappropriate resonances and a scarcity of high- and low-end response
  • Shortcomings in tonal stability make it arduous to find out the space of audio sources
  • Poor recording of background sounds as a result of noise cancellation algorithm
  • Noise-cancelling algorithm tends to attenuate plosives and scale back speech intelligibility

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