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Realme GT 2 Pro Audio test

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We put the Realme GT 2 Pro 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

The Realme GT 2 Pro is positioning itself as a heavy hitter with a reasonable price tag. Powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and with a display that has a 120 Hz refresh rate, it does have some flagship features. On the audio front, it boasts “super linear dual speakers, dual-mic noise cancellation,” Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res audio certification. With its global audio score of 60 in our database, however, the RealMe device lands in slightly-below average territory, putting it alongside the Oppo Find X3 Neo, for example, which notched a 61. The GT 2 Pro is about average in playback, and less than adequate as a recording device. At maximum volume, the device delivers a decent performance in both timbre and dynamics, although there is a lack of low-end and punch. At nominal volume, the tonal balance is dull.  Recordings produced by the Realme GT 2 Pro show some strong resonances, with an aggressive mid-centric timbre and some distortion in all use-cases.  Recordings do not sound natural and are quite distorted.

Key audio specifications include:

  • Top front-firing, bottom side-firing
  • USB Type C port
  • Dolby Atmos

Realme GT 2 Pro
60
audio
58

89

63

81

57

88

66

85

81

96


57

91

53

81

54

78

56

99

47

97

21

60

Playback

Pros

  • Satisfactory performance at maximum volume
  • Snappy attack, even at maximum volume

Cons

  • Dull tonal balance at nominal volume
  • Disappointing volume performance
  • Lack of low-end

Recording

Pros

  • Satisfying recording loudness
  • Good wideness in landscape orientation

Cons

  • Poor timbre performance, with midrange-centric tonal balance
  • Poor dynamics performance
  • Severe resonances and some distortion

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

63

Realme GT 2 Pro

86

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.

 

The Realme GT 2 Pro delivers a midrange-focused but rather neutral tonal balance, which is both a bit dull and a bit thin. This contributes to a versatile albeit bland sonority. The quality of the timbre changes with the volume: The GT 2 Pro performs a bit better at high volume depending on the content being played. Treble lacks strength and fullness overall. While bass is still perceptible in its upper part, it is too weak to be satisfactory. Midrange sounds somewhat bland and inconsistent without proper low-midrange support, mainly when listening to music or watching a movie. Used for gaming, however, the GT 2 Pro performed better, with a surprisingly round and satisfying low-midrange that compliments the special effects well. Thanks to Dolby Atmos, the GT 2 Pro has various audio settings. We recommend using the “Movie” preset, which seems to enhance bass and treble strength. The dynamics performance is about average, with fairly snappy and precise attack, especially at high volume. Transients are less audible at soft volume. Bass precision is less satisfying. Punch is impaired by the lack of low-midrange energy. In the spatial attribute, the Realme device produces hazy localizability, especially for sources around the center of the stereo scene.  Balance is mostly on the mark, but the center may slightly lean toward the bottom speaker. Wideness is not great compared with other devices of the same size.  Worth noting, the stereo scene does not rotate properly in inverted landscape orientation when using the music app. The loudness at maximum volume is fairly good, as is the consistency of the volume steps.  At the minimum volume step, the device does not perform as well — intelligibility is sub-par. While there are few artifacts affecting the listening experience overall, one strange quirk stood out. At nominal volume on some tracks, there were unpredictable fluctuations in volume.  Additionally, some pumping is sometimes present at maximum volume. 

 

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

Oppo Reno 6 Pro 5G
Realme GT 2 Pro
Realme GT 5g
Here is how the Realme GT 2 Pro performs in playback use cases compared to its competitors:
Use-cases scores


Timbre

58

Realme GT 2 Pro

89

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


Dynamics

63

Realme GT 2 Pro

81

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

57

Realme GT 2 Pro

88

Black Shark 5 Pro

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


Volume

66

Realme GT 2 Pro

85

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
Realme GT 2 Pro 74.2 dBA 69.5 dBA
Realme GT 5G 76.3 dBA 70.6 dBA
Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) 73.9 dBA 68.8 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


Artifacts

81

Realme GT 2 Pro

96

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

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.


Recording

50

Realme GT 2 Pro

86

Black Shark 5 Pro
How Audio Playback 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 Realme GT 2 Pro does not particularly shine as a recording device, and its score of 50 puts it near the bottom of our database among devices at this price point. Treble is thin because of a lack of clarity in its lower part, and it sounds a little metallic, even aggressive at times, due to a strong resonance at around 12kHz, above which there is no high-end extension. Midrange sounds nasal most of the time because of a strong lack of body in its lower part. The GT 2 Pro’s overall tonal balance is very midrange-centric, lacking both bass strength and treble fullness. The GT 2 Pro performed poorly in the dynamics attribute, with below-average signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) – background noises are very noticeable and even intrusive. The device is even less suitable for recording in loud environments such as an electronic music concert because attack is badly impaired by distortion. That, along with compression and pumping, makes the envelope unrealistic. In the spatial attribute, localizability is very blurry in all use-cases. Wideness is good in life video landscape mode, and still decent in selfie mode, where the device is held in portrait mode. Recorded voices seem realistic in indoor scenarios but sound too distant in recordings made outside. Recording loudness is satisfying. However, loudness is slightly softer when using the memo app. Recordings made by the GT 2 Pro display aggressive resonances at 2kHz and 12kHz and are somewhat distorted and compressed in normal conditions. In high-SPL recordings, these problems are even worse, with more severe distortion, compression, and pumping. Background rendition is marred by resonances and some slight hissing issues.

Here is how the Realme GT 2 Pro performs in recording use cases compared to its competitors:

Use-cases scores


Timbre

57

Realme GT 2 Pro

91

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


Dynamics

53

Realme GT 2 Pro

81

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 Sound-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), for example how loud the main voice is compared to the background noise.


Spatial

54

Realme GT 2 Pro

78

Black Shark 4S Pro

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


Volume

56

Realme GT 2 Pro

99

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
Realme GT 2 Pro -21.9 LUFS -15.7 LUFS -14.6 LUFS -18.2 LUFS
Realme GT 5G -19.7 LUFS -15.1 LUFS -14.3 LUFS -16.7 LUFS
Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) -21.6 LUFS -16.6 LUFS -15.4 LUFS -17.1 LUFS


Artifacts

47

Realme GT 2 Pro

97

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.

Listen for artifacts in this extract, which has been recorded in a busy home environment:


Background

21

Realme GT 2 Pro

60

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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