I have been using Redmi Note 3 Indian version since last one week and I’m trying my best to update every review and my experience with this device. I have shared unboxing and the first impression about Redmi Note 3 a week ago, later I have posted about its camera review. Read those posts also if u haven’t read yet.
In this post, I’m going to share my review of the audio quality and other media features.
I love music but I also prefer listening to music with headphones. For me, audio quality is very important other than the camera, so it is the 2nd most important feature I care about in any smartphone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has personalized & dedicated custom apps for music and video, including the default Android’s Play Music for audio playback.
The MIUI music player is similar to Android’s default Play Music but it has some extra features, different UI, and interface. On now playing section it shows three screens, which you can navigate by sliding left & right whereas the main screen displays current track with music options like the repeat, next, previous etc.
Left screen has the list of songs you are playing and right end screen displays the lyrics option. The music player has many catchy effects, transitions and transparent elements for “now playing” screen.
The Xiaomi’s Music app has a customizable equalizer with some default presets available to use. MiUi has many unique features and one of them is MiSound enhancer, which comes into play when you use headphones. MiSound Enhancer has the pre-configured setting for the different type of headphones, especially for Xiaomi’s headphones.
It also has the default android play music app which has Snapdragon Audio+ as default inbuilt equalizer.
FM Radio: I have received many queries about FM on this phone and if its supporting FM recording or not? The answer is yes and yes. Redmi Note 3 Indian version comes with FM radio and it has an inbuilt antenna so inserting headphone is not necessary to play FM. The device comes with pre-installed official FM app which also has the recording options.
Video Play: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a separate video app, the default video player has a very basic interface but it supports rich video codec. I have played many types of videos and it manages to play them all successfully including MKV & WMV file. The default video app also supports AC3 audio codec. The default video app supports all type of video I have tried yet, but if you are a fan of MX-Player and your video has the DTS, AC3, MLP audio track it won’t be able to play audio, in that case, MX player will play the video only which can be easily fixed by downloading this audio codec.
Audio From Speaker: If you are a one of those who likes to play music on loudspeaker then you might get disappointed because the speaker is on the rear side of the device, so if your phone is on bed or desk you will not be able to hear the music or ringtone properly until the volume is full.
Sound quality from the speaker is loud and clear but on full speaker volume, it sounds a bit noisy which you can fix by adjusting the equalizer according to your preferences. I have noticed an insignificant vibration on the back panel of the device while listening to the music on loudspeaker.
The vibration is increasing with increase in speaker volume. This is a conventional issue which we come across low budget phones with a plastic body.
Audio From Headphones/Earphones: The audio output from headphones is magnificent, Redmi Note 3 is producing outstanding sound quality by headphones. I have tested the sound quality with few earphones like Creative Ep-660, JBL T150 A, Sennheiser CX 180, Piston 2 & Piston 3 etc.
The audio quality with headphone is really amazing whereas listening with Piston 3 & CX 180 was best among other earphones. Redmi Note 3 has the variant of audio setting which are MiSound Enhancer, an equalizer in audio settings and Snapdragon Audio+ with Google’s Play Music app.
I think MiSound Enhancer deserve the credit similar to equalizers. To experience the best audio quality, enable the MiSound Enhancer then customize the equalizer according to your taste. The sound quality with headphones has the rich bass with very clear, detailed sound, you will be able to hear every single piece of music very clearly.
Redmi Note 3 is also able to maintain and produce the same quality of audio on different volume levels. The sound quality feels very stable and noise free even on maximum volume (while using headphones/earphones).
If you love music and you also prefer listening music through headphones/earphones then this will be another reason for you to like Redmi Note 3, my personal feeling is, the music quality with headphones should be on the list of top features about Redmi Note 3.
Phone Call Quality: Phone call quality is the first and most important features of any phones. The Redmi Note 3 has very decent call quality, you can hear the phone calls clearly even if you are in noisy traffic. The device has too many call settings & features like call recording, auto call recording, missed call reminder, flip to silent, stop vibrate when lifted etc.
The overall audio sound quality of Redmi Note 3 is impressive, you will surely like listening to music or watching the video with headphones. I think the placement of the speaker is very bad and old fashion, else the speaker’s sound quality is also good.