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Your OnePlus 6T should sound great thanks to this audio tech

Who says the lack of a 3.5mm jack should result in bad sound quality? Certainly not OnePlus.

Published onNovember 29, 2018

The back of the OnePlus 6T.
  • The OnePlus 6T may lack a headphone jack, but OnePlus has delivered a few audio enhancements anyway.
  • The brand enlisted the help of Dirac to offer two audio tuning solutions.
  • These audio optimizations are also available on earlier OnePlus devices.

The OnePlus 6T is one of the best bang for buck smartphones of 2018, offering plenty of horsepower, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. But you won’t find a headphone jack here, which leaves the OnePlus 6 as the last OnePlus phone with the 3.5mm input.

But the company is perhaps hoping to soften the blow with news that it has once again teamed up with Dirac to deliver “two breakthrough digital audio solutions” on the new phone. The duo confirmed that the OnePlus 6T features Dirac HD Sound and Dirac Power Sound.

Dirac HD Sound is used to optimize sound for earphones, including the OnePlus Bullet earphones. The Dirac website says this tech corrects “impulse and magnitude frequency response” in order to provide better quality audio. The Swedish firm claims that this is better than equalizer-based solutions that apparently try to mask poor-quality audio playback.

Meanwhile, Dirac Power Sound is a set of technologies for the speaker that delivers “natural and pure sounding music even at high volumes.” Other claimed benefits include better bass, and “overall sound quality improvements.”

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It’s not the first time we’ve seen this tech on a OnePlus phone though. A Dirac representative confirmed that the two optimizations are also available on the OnePlus 6 and “a few previous versions” too. The representative added that these enhancements are custom-tuned for each phone. This obviously won’t bring the 3.5mm standard back to the OnePlus 6T, but you should theoretically be getting a similar level of audio fidelity via USB Type-C.

Want to know more about Dirac’s audio tuning tech on OnePlus phones? Our own Robert Triggs had an in-depth look at the optimizations following the OnePlus 6 launch. Have you made peace with the move to drop headphone jacks? Give us your answer in the comments section.

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