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Vivo X80 Pro (MediaTek) Audio test


We put the Vivo X80 Pro (MediaTek) through our rigorous DXOMARK Audio test suite to measure its performance both at recording sound using its built-in microphones, and at playing audio back through its speakers.
In this review, we will break down how it fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases.

Overview


Key audio specifications include:

  • Two speakers (One top, front-firing, one bottom, side-firing)
  • No Jack audio output

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.


Vivo X80 Pro (MediaTek)

125

audio

118

Black Shark 5 Pro

Best: Black Shark 5 Pro (158)

123

Black Shark 5 Pro

Best: Black Shark 5 Pro (149)

132

Black Shark 5 Pro

Best: Black Shark 5 Pro (162)

107

Black Shark 5 Pro

Best: Black Shark 5 Pro (162)

91

Asus ROG Phone 5

Best: Asus ROG Phone 5 (157)

140

Honor Magic3 Pro+

Best: Honor Magic3 Pro+ (147)

136

Black Shark 5 Pro

Best: Black Shark 5 Pro (146)

129

Asus ROG Phone 5

Best: Asus ROG Phone 5 (157)

143

Black Shark 5 Pro

Best: Black Shark 5 Pro (170)

141

Black Shark 5 Pro

Best: Black Shark 5 Pro (145)

140

Black Shark 5 Pro

Best: Black Shark 5 Pro (166)

Playback

Pros

  • Nice low-midrange warmth
  • Pretty good dynamics performance

Cons

  • Muffled sonority, almost as if a low-pass filter had been applied
  • Underwhelming Spatial performance
  • Unpredictable DSP behavior

Recording

Pros

  • Natural-sounding tonal balance
  • Good wind noise reduction
  • Good signal-to-noise ratio and intelligibility of recordings
  • Handles high sound pressure levels very well

Cons

  • Slight lack of low-end extension, dull treble
  • Poor audio zoom
  • Subject to occlusions

With a DXOMARK Audio score of 125, the Vivo X80 Pro (MediaTek) performs overall slightly below the level of its Snapdragon counterpart and finds itself in a position far from the top in our ranking. As a Playback device, it performs best when gaming and offers nice warmth in the low-midrange. Sonority sounds muffled, though. The device does well in terms of dynamics but loses points in the spatial attribute, with both wideness and distance rendering leaving room for improvement. Sound processing can behave in an unpredictable manner, resulting in a variety of artifacts.

The Vivo X80 Pro (MediaTek) achieves better results for Recording, thanks to a natural tonal balance, effective wind noise reduction, good signal-to-noise ratio, and intelligibility, as well as good handling of content with high sound pressure levels. However, our testers also noted a lack of low-end extension and dull treble rendition, along with an ineffective audio zoom feature. It’s also advisable to check your hand position when recording as covering the microphone will have a negative impact on the sound quality.

Test summary

About DXOMARK Audio tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone audio reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests and undertake more than 20 hours of perceptual evaluation under controlled lab conditions.
(For more details about our Playback protocol, click here; for more details about our Recording protocol, click here.)

The following section gathers key elements of our exhaustive tests and analyses performed in DXOMARK laboratories. Detailed performance evaluations under the form of reports are available upon request. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Playback

120

Black Shark 5 Pro

Black Shark 5 Pro

How Audio Playback score is composed

DXOMARK engineers test playback through the smartphone speakers, whose performance is evaluated in our labs and in real-life conditions, using default apps and settings.

In Playback the device offers an overall decent timbre that is a noticeable improvement over the predecessor X70 Pro. It comes with strong bass and a warm, albeit muddy, midrange. However, a lack of decent treble rendering means that  there is still some room for improvement. The Vivo also gets good results for the dynamics attribute. Bass precision and punch are good, but attack sounds dulled down by processing. Overall dynamics are pretty consistent across volume levels, but there is some variance between apps and use cases.

Performance for the spatial attribute is average. Wideness could be better considering the Vivo is a big device. Depth rendering has some room for improvement, and while sound sources are easy to locate in the scene, their position seems too broad. Volume performance is below average, with minimum volume that is too quiet and inconsistent volume steps. There is hardly any distortion or pumping at high volumes, but dynamic processing can impair sound quality at any volume. While it’s easy to cover the right speaker when gaming, this luckily doesn’t have any major impact on sound quality.

Listen to the tested smartphone’s playback performance in this comparison with some of its competitors:

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos)

Recordings of the smartphones playing some of our music tracks at 60 LAeq in an anechoic environment by 2 microphones in A-B configuration, at 30 cm

Here is how the Vivo X80 Pro (Mediatek) performs in playback use cases compared to its competitors:

Playback use-cases scores

Timbre

118

Black Shark 5 Pro

Black Shark 5 Pro

The Timbre score represents how well a phone reproduces sound across the audible tonal range and takes into account bass, midrange, treble, tonal balance, and volume dependency. It is the most important attribute for playback.

Music playback frequency response

A 1/12 octave frequency response graph, which measures the volume of each frequency emitted by the smartphone when playing a pure-sine wave in an anechoic environment.

Dynamics

123

Black Shark 5 Pro

Black Shark 5 Pro

The Dynamics score measures the accuracy of changes in the energy level of sound sources, for example how precisely a bass note is reproduced or the impact sound from drums.

Spatial

132

Black Shark 5 Pro

Black Shark 5 Pro

The sub-attributes for spatial tests include pinpointing a specific sound’s location, its positional balance, distance, and wideness.

Volume

107

Black Shark 5 Pro

Black Shark 5 Pro

The Volume score represents the overall loudness of a smartphone and how smoothly volume increases and decreases based on user input.

Here are a few sound pressure levels (SPL) measured when playing our sample recordings of hip-hop and classical music at maximum volume:

Hip-Hop Classical
Vivo X80 Pro(Mediatek) 72.2 dBA 73.2 dBA
Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro 76.4 dBA 73.4 dBA
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos) 74.1 dBA 70.2 dBA

The following graph shows the gradual changes in volume going from minimum to maximum. We expect these changes to be consistent across the range, so that all volume steps correspond to users’ expectations:

Music volume consistency

This line graph shows the relative loudness of playback relative to the user selected volume step, measured at different volume steps with a correlated pink noise in an anechoic box recorded in axis at 0.20 meter.

Artifacts

91

Asus ROG Phone 5

Asus ROG Phone 5

The Artifacts score measures the extent to which the sound is affected by various types of distortion. The higher the score, the less the disturbances in the sound are noticeable. Distortion can occur because of sound processing in the device and because of the quality of the speakers.

Playback Total Harmonic Distortion (Maximum Volume)

This graph shows the Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise over the hearable frequency range.
It represents the distortion and noise of the device playing our test signal (0 dB Fs, Sweep Sine in an anechoic box at 40 cm) at the device’s maximum volume.

Recording

140

Black Shark 5 Pro

Black Shark 5 Pro

How Audio Recording score is composed

DXOMARK engineers test recording by evaluating the recorded files on reference audio equipment. Those recordings are done in our labs and in real-life conditions, using default apps and settings.

The X80 Pro with the MediaTek chipset does somewhat better as a recording device than for Playback, with fairly solid results across most test attributes. Timbre is especially good when recording with the front camera or memo app, with a natural tonal balance,  consistent bass and a midrange that offers a lot of clarity in most use cases. Treble sounds canny, though.

Well-rendered dynamics make for flawless intelligibility, thanks to a good signal-to-noise ratio and an overall accurate envelope rendition. Performance in the spatial attribute is above average but leaves room for improvement. Wideness is not quite up with the best in class but provides a good sense of immersion. Distance rendering is decent, but it’s quite difficult to pinpoint the location of individual sound sources in the scene.

Recordings have great loudness across all apps and use cases, and the device is capable of handling high sound pressure levels very well, making it a decent option for recording at loud events. This said, slight compression and distortion occur on louder content. Our testers also observed slightly more pumping and distortion on bass-heavy parts than on the Snapdragon version of the same device. Background in the recordings sounds natural and pleasing, thanks to a good tonal balance. It’s also almost free of artifacts. 

Here is how the Vivo X80 Pro (Mediatek) performs in recording use cases compared to its competitors:

Recording use-cases scores

Timbre

140

Honor Magic3 Pro+

Honor Magic3 Pro+

The Timbre score represents how well a phone captures sounds across the audible tonal range and takes into account bass, midrange, treble, and tonal balance. It is the most important attribute for recording.

Life video frequency response

A 1/12 octave frequency response graph, which measures the volume of each frequency captured by the smartphone when recording a pure-sine wave in an anechoic environment.

Dynamics

136

Black Shark 5 Pro

Black Shark 5 Pro

The Dynamics score measures the accuracy of changes in the energy level of sound sources, for example how precisely a voice’s plosives (the p’s, t’s and k’s, for example) are reproduced. The score also considers the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), for example how loud the main voice is compared to the background noise.

Spatial

129

Asus ROG Phone 5

Asus ROG Phone 5

The sub-attributes for spatial tests include pinpointing a specific sound’s location, its positional balance, distance, and wideness on the recorded audio files.

Recording directivity

Directivity graph of the smartphone when recording test signals using the camera app, with the main camera. It represents the acoustic energy (in dB) over the angle of incidence of the sound source. (Normalized to the angle 0°, in front of the device.)

Volume

143

Black Shark 5 Pro

Black Shark 5 Pro

The Volume score represents how loud audio is normalized on the recorded files and the how the device handles loud environments, such as electronic concerts, when recording.

Here are the sound levels recorded in the audio and video files, measured in LUFS (Loudness Unit Full Scale); as a reference, we expect loudness levels to be above -24 LUFS for recorded content:

Meeting Life Video Selfie Video Memo
Vivo X80 Pro(Mediatek) -23.5 LUFS -17.6 LUFS -17.8 LUFS -18.7 LUFS
Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro -33.6 LUFS -25 LUFS -20.5 LUFS -28.1 LUFS
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos) -28.8 LUFS -21.7 LUFS -21.2 LUFS -23.9 LUFS

Artifacts

141

Black Shark 5 Pro

Black Shark 5 Pro

The Artifacts score measures the extent to which the recorded sounds are affected by various types of distortions. The higher the score, the less the disturbances in the sound are noticeable. Distortions can occur because of sound processing in the device and the quality of the microphones, as well as user handling, such as how the phone is held.

In this audio comparison, you can listen to the way this smartphone handles wind noise relative to its competitors:

Recordings of a voice sample with light background noise, facing a turbulent wind of 5 m/s

Background

140

Black Shark 5 Pro

Black Shark 5 Pro

Background evaluates how natural the various sounds around a voice blend into the video recording file. For example, when recording a speech at an event, the background should not interfere with the main voice, yet it should provide some context of the surroundings.



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