LG G2 sound: 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback, Vienna Boys’ Choir ringtones and Audio Zoom

by: Chris SmithAugust 7, 2013

LG G2 sound

After we looked at the LG G2’s display, camera and battery, it’s time to check out the sound of the new smartphone.

On stage, the company revealed that it has significantly improved the sound experience of its flagship products, with the LG G2 ready to offer 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback “that reproduces studio-like quality sound” which is “far superior to a CD” (which offers 16bit/44.1kHz sound).

While LG is not branding its sound experience in any way, it certainly suggest that the G2 is superior to its competitors.

Furthermore, the LG G2 will also offer a feature called Audio Zoom that wasn’t demoed on stage and which will let users focus on the voice on certain subjects when recording home videos – the Audio Zoom feature is shown in the following TV ad:

Finally, the LG G2 will feature ringtones from the Vienna Boys’ Choir, as previously rumored.

Naturally, we’ll further explore the sound quality of the LG G2 in our own review. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our hands-on with the handset.

  • ConCal

    But does it have Beats by Dr. Dre™? Who cares about bits an kHz; I want more logos on my phone.

    • MasterMuffin

      You’re joking, right? Just making sure :)

      • ConCal

        Totally joking! But it does sound like something my iPhone using friends would say.

        • Piyush

          huh , srry what you said ? , how its related to iphone i think you meant to say htc (beats)

          • Jesse Guthrie

            But not 192khz playback. just 48khz playback. Same with the S2,S3 and the S4 has 24/48khz. The LG is superior

          • Piyush

            ohh , k

    • Stanley Anthonymuthu

      PLEASE say you are joking..I beg you……

      • ConCal

        Rest easy, I’m joking. :)

  • Glad to see somebody focusing on audio other than Beats/Htc.

    • MasterMuffin

      And Google with NN7

      • What did they put in the new Nexus 7?

        • MasterMuffin

          The super extra mega sound thingy

    • dinbe

      vivo xplay

  • Joshua Hill

    Pity the background picture LG used is so misleading. That blue line is not representative of what you hear when playing back a CD.

    • Michael

      Pretty much everything LG said about the audio quality is misleading (basically outright lie):


      • Joshua Hill

        I’ve seen that article elsewhere previously. From memory I only agreed with about half of it. The sampling rate theoretically should make no difference. The increase in bit depth does have theoretical benefits.

        Of course theory matters squat diddley. I personally can hear a difference and prefer 24 bit / 48kHz and 24bit / 96 kHz files over CD quality. I haven’t had the opportunity to compare 24 bit files with different sampling rates to see whether I can hear any difference.

  • john

    Holy jesus mother of god.
    If the insulation and the quality of the audio DAC in that thing is as good as it is advertised, I’m gonna buy it right away.

  • Bruno Rosa // TaRuGo

    That “Audio Zoom”, if works, it’s a killer.

  • Robert

    And what will you play the 192kHz/24bit sound on? I guess not the internal speakers, so how do you connect it to your superior audio system?

    • Joshua Hill

      I have flac files that are encoded at greater than CD quality that I would listen to on headphones. No need to connect it to my audiophile setup although I would like that option too.

  • jing hui

    LG G2 uses Dolby digital Mobile Sound Enhancement for its G2 to produce cinema like sound . This source its true and official . Btw u can find this Enhancement on few other device like , Nokia 900 , 808 , 825 / All Huawei phone & ZTE phone .
    If u compare this to Beats by Dr Dre , Dolby digital will win over the Beats – Why ? Because Beats its professional in headset and Earpiece while Dolby is professional in cinema sound and home theatre , so Dolby is a superior sound system compare to Beats .

  • Numark

    The most important thing is where you connect the phone… You can have studio like reproduction (which I don’t really believe in), but if you use shitty headphones you may best throw that phone out the window. It is essential to have atleast a good pair of AKG’s, Senheiser or byerdamic’s (no you don’t need beats and you shouldn’t waste money on them (: ) or connect to any monitors to feel the difference.

  • Ruz

    the youtube video is not playable.. it gives an error ” This video is provate ” how do i view the video???

  • Eddy

    For users interested primarily in specs and hardware, the G2 has plenty to offer. But for most smartphone shoppers, this phone is going to have a tough time standing out in the crowded menu of enticing Android options.