Many people do not realize that much better audio can sound on their phones. Although it is solid in the first place, Samsung has included several options in the Galaxy Note 10+ that will upgrade your listening experience to a profound status.
Although the sound quality is somewhat subjective, there are a number of things you can do to make listening experience on your Note 10 indisputably better. All the tips here are easy to use and can make a world of difference – and while you don't have to use every tip, they will help you get the most out of your Note 10, which is surprisingly good at delivering high quality audio.
: Turn on Dolby Atmos
Probably the easiest audio setting that you can benefit from is Dolby Atmos. Simply swipe twice from the top of your screen to expand the Quick Settings menu, and then tap the "Dolby Atmos" tile to turn it on. If you don't see it right away, you may have to swipe the second or third page of tiles to find it.
Dolby Atmos is a surround sound system technology that treats sounds as "objects" that the content creator can assign to a specific location. With the help of multiple speakers, it can spatially "position" an object in a specific area for an immersive experience. For smartphones that do not have the required number of speakers, it tries to replicate this artificially.
In general, Dolby Atmos increases the volume of the audio even higher than the maximum volume when the function is not turned on. Bass and treble are also adjusted based on the content. An example is gaming, where the bass is higher for loud explosions and gunshots than, say, listening to music.
UHQ upscaler is a function that improves the standard quality of audio to ultra-high quality. The basic idea is similar to the SDR-to-HDR up-converter, which adds the necessary data to the file to play on a higher quality audio file without actually changing the file.
This function is automatically enabled when you connect a pair of wired headphones (whether you use a USB headphone adapter or a USB-C headphone). The standard option is to improve the bit depth, but depending on the pair of headphones you use, it can also improve bandwidth. If the option is available (Settings -> Sounds and vibrations -> Advanced sound settings -> Sound quality and effects), enable it.
One of the biggest problems that many Samsung fans have with the Note 10+ is the lack of a headphone connection. However, this does offer an opportunity. The DAC that drives the Galaxy Note series has always been insufficient. Now that it's gone, we can now take advantage of USB-DAC & headphone amplifiers that are much more capable than anything that is supplied by Samsung.
The first option is the official USB-C headphone jack adapter from Samsung. It is the only adapter that no doubt works with your Galaxy Note 10 and converts digital files to 24 bit / 192 kHz. This is more than enough for Tidal Masters, which supports high-quality audio around 24-bit / 92 kHz (although some albums can be streamed at a higher sampling rate). Amazon Music HD streams music up to 24 bit / 192 kHz, which is also covered by this dongle.
However, if you have your own range of music and you want to listen to it with a higher bit depth, then you have another adapter required. A great option (and also one of the most affordable) is Chord Mojo, a portable USB DAC and headphone amplifier. With Chord Mojo you can play files with a sampling frequency of 32 kHz to 768 kHz at a bit depth of 32 bit. You need a USB-A female to USB-C male adapter, but one is included with the Galaxy Note 10, so you don't have to worry.