Neal Augenstein

A-B test: iPhone 6 Plus vs. iPhone 5

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm

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The screen is much bigger, and videos look great on the new iPhone 6 Plus — but is there any improvement in the built-in microphone?

Hear for yourself, with this A-B test, comparing the iPhone 5 with the 6 Plus.

I simultaneously spoke into the microphones located on the bottom of the phones, directly to the left of the charging port, holding the phones about 8 inches from my mouth. In both cases I recorded in the VoiceMemo app.

To my ears the 6 Plus sounds slightly less brassy than the 5, and previous models. I’ve found the tendency toward tinniness in the 5 (and earlier iPhones) is only evident upon close listening, and is generally inaudible after going through a station’s audio processing chain.

Sometimes when you remove the brassiness, audio can sound flat and dull, but I don’t think that’s the case with the 6 Plus. There’s still enough sizzle to hear “sss” and the slightly more bassy presence is pleasant, and not overbearing.

Bottom line: To me, the iPhone 6 Plus records audio slightly better than the 5.

What do you think?

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