Meizu MX4 Pro vs. iPhone 6 Plus, Vivo X5, and HiFiMAN HM-901 sound quality comparison

by Frank Tu 12



Today, the we will compare the audio performance of the Meizu MX4 Pro with  other three devices: the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Vivo X5, and HiFiMAN HM-901. Like the Meizu MX4 Pro, the Vivo X5 uses ESS9018K2M and has been weel-received by audio enthusiasts, while the HiFiMAN HM-901 was mentioned at Meizu’s launch. This device is a flagship portable music player that uses two standard-level ESS9018 chips.

All three devices have their place in the market. The iPhone 6 Plus is the highest selling phone among them and has great sound quality. The Vivo X5 is the first HiFi cellphone brand there is and its first generation phone also has excellent sound quality. The HiFiMAN HM-901 is a portable music player that has always received the best praise for its sound quality.

Meizu MX4 Pro vs. iPhone 6 Plus 

       Although the iPhone 6 Plus does not support HiFI, it is still important to mention it due to it being the most popular cellphone around. Besides, its sound quality is pretty good too. It may not be the best, but it is far from the worst.

Whether it’s at mid- and high-frequency or low-frequency, the Meizu MX4 Pro has the edge over the iPhone which has not had any significant improvement when it comes to audio frequency.

Meizu MX4 Pro vs. the Vivo X5

Meizu is not the first company to use the ESS9018 K2M chip. It’s just that the Meizu MX4 Pro is the most well-known one right now. Furthermore, we cannot talk about the ESS9018 K2M without mentioning Vivo. I would even go as far as say that this chip is the reason why Vivo existed in the first place. Unfortunately, the writer on has the Vivo X5 which does not use the ESS9018 K2M chip, but the famous CS4398 chip. This chip is also a popular chip among HiFi manufacturers.

The Vivo X5 is not as different from the Meizu MX4 Pro as the iPhone 6 Plus. Its sound quality is certainly better than the iPhone. The main difference lies in the feeling you get when listening to them, and this really depends on the person.

The Meizu MX4 Pro’s audio sounds more at ease and natural, while Vivo’s is more modern and emphasises more on the performance at the three frequencies and has a grainy sound. The MX4 Pro’s audio sounds a bit more relaxing and has more feeling in it.

Meizu MX4 Pro vs. HiFiMAN HM-901

       First, let’s discuss the sound quality of both devices at low frequency. The bass is much better in the HM-901 than the MX4 Pro, especially when playing classical orchestra music. When it comes to human voices, the HiFiMAN also has the advantage. There is more emotion in the sound and it sounds like someone is actually singing or talking near you. Pop music fans may like this as it makes it sound as if their favorite singer is right there with them.

At a high frequency, there are not too many differences in the sound quality between the two devices. The HM-901’s audio, though, sounds more real and natural.