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#270047 - 2017-11-20 10:43 LG V30 with MQA DAC
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Has anyone here purchased this phone for its MQA capabilities and if so what has been your experience?


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#270234 - 2017-11-26 18:55 Re: LG V30 with MQA DAC [Re: CMB Integrations - Bruce]
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I've just purchased one. Got the 128GB Pro version with B&O headphones smile Should arrive early next week.

What I've realised though is that you can't stream MQA on the Tidal Android app. Don't suppose anyone has insight to when Android MQA streaming might arrive?


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#270416 - 2017-12-03 13:01 Re: LG V30 with MQA DAC [Re: Boru80]
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Curious if you can share your findings already?

Chhers!


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#270880 - 2017-12-19 17:30 Re: LG V30 with MQA DAC [Re: JaapJan]
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OK... some early doors findings on my LG v30+.

Firstly, sound quality. I had a pair of Soundmagic E10c's that I decided to upgrade to E80c's (arrived today) to take advantage of the Quad DAC.

Listening to Tidal HIFI with these headphones is quite simply, night and day between any other phone/headphone combo I have previously had. These bad boys come with Comply buds that are memory foam for ultimate sound isolation. Walking around with these things is just a revelation - big smile on my face listening to this today! My one concern is that with the Quad DAC enabled this phone goes LOUD...if I'm not careful I could give myself hearing problems later down the line.

Re: MQA - I have only one track downloaded which I have to use the LG stock player with to get MQA goodness. It's a classical track, and it does sound fab, but I haven't compared to non-MQA versions. To be honest, the upgrade just for FLAC files on TIDAL has been worth the purchase alone of this phone.

Other observations:
LG software sucks. I have been a Nexus enthusiast previous and enjoyed the bloat free, stock Android experience. I have however removed most of the bloatware, and got the Pixel launcher installed on it so it's as close to stock as I can get it. In this mode, the phone is a joy to use. Buttery smooth, and lightning quick.

The camera is pretty awesome too - the wide angle is handy for landscape shots and the standard camera is just fab. Certainly better than my Nexus 6p which was not shoddy at all. It's not up to scratch with the Pixel's but TBH I listen to music more than I take photos on a day to day basis.

The other thing to point out on this phone is that the battery is quite simply, incredible. I can get almost 2 days out of this, and when it comes to charging, the quick charge 3.0 get's me charged up in no time. Sure, it depends on your use but I'm generally pretty heavy user. A lot of YouTube vids, music streaming, constant checking internet/emails/twitter.

You can get the LG v30+ on eBay now for under £600. I got it for £640 and I feel it's a bargain at that price, especially when compared to the S8/Note 8/Pixel 2 and of course, iPhone X.

So there you have it - now I just need Tidal to hurry up and offer MQA android streaming!!


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#270908 - 2017-12-20 10:48 Re: LG V30 with MQA DAC [Re: Boru80]
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Loc: Lexington, South Carolina, USA
Thank you for the excellent feedback


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Personal System #1 Theta Digital Cassablanca 4, 818v3, 218, DSP8000.2SE, DSP7200SEHC, Boston Acoustics Lynnfield 500L series 2, Monitor Audio Silver 10, ATI 200WX5 Amp, JVC RS15, Black Diamond Zero Edge screen. QNAP TS-251 3TB
Personal System #2 F80.

Crestron control and multi room audio via Meridian 258 amplifiers.
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