Introducing the DXOMARK Audio test protocol

PARIS – October 10, 2019 – Introducing the DXOMARK Audio test protocol

Display size and quality as well as camera features and performance have for a long time been—and still are—major criteria for consumer smartphone buying. However, with users recording and consuming more and more video and audio content on their mobile devices, the importance of audio quality has greatly increased in recent years.

People use smartphones to record videos of family and friends, to shoot selfie videos, and to film concerts and other events. On the consumption side of things, they listen to music and watch their own videos as well as purchased content on their devices. The variation in audio quality between devices for both recording and output is huge, however, and there has been little guidance and information available for consumers who care about audio quality.

This is why we are introducing DXOMARK Audio—to provide comprehensive, neutral, and reliable test data about smartphone audio recording and output quality to consumers and other interested parties. We have developed a set of protocols for mirroring the ways consumers use their smartphones to record and consume audio content, along with a testing and benchmarking methodology that measures results in a reliable and repeatable way.

We’ll add new devices to the ranking soon, so keep an eye on for updates.

We hope you found this brief overview of our new Audio protocol useful and that it has given you some understanding of how we test and score smartphone microphones and speakers. For more details about audio testing and scoring, please read the following articles:

Also click through to see our DXOMARK Audio reviews and test results. See more information, click here.