When I first got my hands on the Motorola Edge+, I was very excited. Yes, this was a flagship phone with the full bells and whistles, the world’s fastest 5G smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor. The largest battery on any 5G phone yet at 5,000 mAh, an incredible 108 MP sensor main and a beautiful curved screen with intriguing design cues completed the curve.
But it was one aspect that I was truly excited to try – the ‘Loudness’ element of the Edge+. Every smartphone manufacturer spares a few slides at launch time to let you know they do great audio. Mostly that’s restricted to supporting more varied codecs and hi-resolution formats, not to mention that ‘HiRes’ logo pulled off the internet.
For the Edge+, Motorola went many a step further, with a collaboration with Waves Audio. Yes, the same Waves Audio that’s been a legendary mainstay with recording artists and producers. After many years on the professional musician side of things, developing software solutions, Waves Audio took early steps into the end consumer space with MaxxBass and later with Nx 3D audio, an application they unveiled to much interest at CES 2020, promising a more immersive audio experiences for smartphone and PC users.
Now with the Motorola Edge+, they have taken things many a step further. The Motorola Edge+ high-powered stereo speaker system is optimized and enhanced with a series of Waves MaxxAudio Mobile technologies.
So what is the key issue with sound quality on smartphones? Motorola was kind enough to arrange a chat with Adam Levenson, Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing, Consumer Electronics Division at Waves Audio. And as Adam pointed out, it all starts off with the sheer compactness of the devices as such. This leads to issues, whether in EQ, where miniaturized speakers with limited frequency response lead to lack of bass and lost details, Sonic imaging concerns as the physical space and speaker separation to accommodate stereo fields is limited, or in dynamics, where the lack of a centre speaker can lead to submerged dialog, with varied content having widely differing sound levels.
Waves Audio developed the WavesMaxx mobile audio solution on the Motorola Edge+ as a way to set things right. My chat with Adam was incredibly eye-opening, as he mentioned how the WavesMaxx algorithms work. Whether it’s psychoacoustic Bass, whereby a virtual subwoofer extends bass response beyond the physical capabilities of the hardware, MaxxStereo which widens the phones stereo image, projecting a spacious, full soundscape, dialog clarity courtesy the patented center-channel detection which uncovers clearer, more intelligible dialog in movies and video, or MaxxVolume which algorithmically smooths peaks and valleys to bring the full sound mix to the foreground.
Also for all gamers out there, the MaxxAudio Mobile also incorporates present sound modes on the Edge+, with custom tunings for Music, Video, Game and Voice. This means that when playing games, background sound is focused on, bringing out any dialogue, while not accentuating too much bass, while in music mode, full bass is focused on.
And just so its all not just about cold, impersonal algorithms. Jack Joseph Puig was personally in charge of tuning the Waves MaxxAudio Mobile. Puig is of course an Grammy Award winning producer and Waves Director of Creative Innovation, who has created records for artistes like Lady Gaga, John Mayer and GNR.
On a personal front, I came away with some intriguing takeaways, like how landscape mode is the ideal mode for sound, thanks to better spatial performance and wideness of the sound field.
Can’t wait to try out the Motorola Edge+ and its plethora of incredible highlights? The Motorola Edge+ is now available in the UAE for AED 3,999