Leave the portable speaker behind with HTC BoomSound on the HTC One (video)

Leave the portable speaker behind with HTC BoomSound on the HTC One (video)

Summary: HTC has a few unique hardware features in the new HTC One, and after testing it for a day, BoomSound is not just a marketing term.


When I first heard HTC talk about the front-facing stereo speakers on the HTC One with the BoomSound branding, I thought it was just some kind of marketing gimmick. As you can clearly hear in the video below, with an HTC One and BoomSound, you can actually leave behind your portable speaker and enjoy quality audio without a headset.

As you can see in my audio gift guide, I have spent a lot of time with portable Bluetooth speakers over the last several months and I enjoy using them. The reason I use them is that the default audio experience on a smartphone is generally pretty poor. HTC shows with the new HTC One and BoomSound that you don't need a speaker for the hotel room or office.

The dual front stereo speakers sound awesome on the HTC One and after 24 hours with the HTC One, I am a believer. My wife enjoys music and when she heard me rocking out down in the office she came to see what was going on. After seeing it was the HTC One, she told me I have to get her one on T-Mobile.

In the past, you needed to plug in your headphones to experience the HTC Beats audio enhancements, but with the HTC One this is available with the stereo speakers. As you can clearly hear in my video, Beats Audio makes a huge difference on the HTC One. I hear people slamming the Beats Audio experience, but it truly does improve audio output through these dual speakers.

The video below is a representation of what I am hearing in person, and with the recording device, a Nokia Lumia 920, video processing and formatting on my Surface Pro, and then YouTube hosting, the true-life sound is likely better than what you see in the video. Then again, I think the video shows pretty well how great the HTC One sounds.

In my video, I had the volume up to the maximum and you can't even really tell there is any distortion in the audio quality. You will never miss another call or alarm if you crank the volume on the HTC One and may actually be blown out of your bed with the BoomSound. Keep in mind, you can individually control audio for ringtones, notifications, music, videos, and alarms, so make sure to do so before bed.

Topics: Mobility, Android, HTC, Reviews, Smartphones

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  • It's nice to see stuff like this

    So many phone makers are just relying on gimmicks. It really is nice to see somebody really focus on some of the basic features on a phone instead of inventing new and ridiculous things to do with your phone.
  • Too bad it's going to be a case of...

    "Too little, too late" for HTC... They really had a chance to wow the smartphone world and just took too long to do it.
    • Oh Really ? Too little too late for HTC ?

      Just a mere opinion. we all have one. No , it is definitely NOT too late.
    • One has everything I need and want...

      So wrong... HTC have got it right and I truly believe if folk get their hands on both devices to compare...samsung will take a hit! Quality over quirk and plastic......
    • Agree but disagree

      Motorola chooses to limit sales of its phone on one carrier. Sony doesn't want carrier support and its stature in the wireless is still paltry.
      HTC is trying to model itself after Samsung and is on track to get a unified model on all four carriers. It took Samsung 3 generations of Galaxy to do this. What HtC has not learned is that the Droid DNA, Srint EVO, and now Facebook phone only dilutes its brand while its resources are shifted away from the phone that matters most
  • As Yoda might say - Audiophile ears has Miller not. And Yoda would know.

    In an example of something like an embarrassment of riches, I have a Bose Acoustic Wave music system II playing my iMac desktop system audio feeds. I'm almost ashamed to admit that. Almost. Grin.

    Anyway, I was able to listen to Matt's embedded YouTube video under 'ideal' desktop conditions. (It should be noted that his YouTube audio quality is also dependent upon his recording system and other key factors. And, as a consequence, my opinions of the audio quality must be, by definition, different than if I had heard the sound output from HTC One in person, as Matt did.)

    Finally, over the years, I have always preferred audio processed in an equalizer "neutral" setting. That is, my ears really detest enhanced "boom bass" audio, which some might call richer sound, to audio having "weak but sonically pure bass" - if I had to choose between those two evils.

    So it should then come as no surprise if I state that I preferred the non Beats Audio enhanced sound. That's not to say that I couldn't live with that sound on a mobile device but given the choice, I prefer a clearer mid to upper range than to a slightly muddier, "richer" sound in those sonic regions.
    • Totally agree..Beats is for rap...

      Spot on!
  • FM Radio

    Can you play the built in FM radio with these ( assuming that the phone is like most HTC phones and includes one)? Or does the tuner need a pair of headphones plugged in to act as an antenna?
  • Beats

    Beats had nothing to do with the sound. It is pure HTC's sub supplier's speaker and design. Beats is a brand licensing company who took over reigns of its headphones from Monster, who also engineered those as well.
  • I loathe beats audio..dolby

    So much better without Beats Audio..sounds like Dolby and that kills music!