LG recently announced that its newest flagship phone – the LG V20 – will have a Quad DAC (digital to analog converter).

What is a DAC?

A digital-to-analog converter (DAC) is a type of processor used in digital media players. It converts digital information (binary 1s and 0s) into an analog signal. The signal is sent to your headphones or a headphone amp. An analog signal is “any continuous signal for which the time varying feature of the signal is a representation of some other time varying quantity.” 

Sounds confusing, but it just means that an audio analog signal is electrical voltage that represents sound waves. Analog signals are smooth and continuous, while digital signals are discrete like a stairway.


A high quality DAC ensures that the music you listen you will sound just as good as when it was first recorded. “Quad” DAC is a proprietary improvement on a regular DAC that LG has developed.

LG says that their Quad DAC can reduce up to 50% of ambient noise levels. Videos taken with the V20 can “capture the roaring sound of waves crashing on a beach or conversations among two individuals at a noisy party.”

Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics said:

“Higher quality audio is simply the natural evolution of the smartphone, as the industry moves toward a more holistic multimedia consumption experience. We’re pleased to continue this long-term partnership with ESS and bring best in class audio to LG V20 users.”

Of course, to get the best listening experience out of the V20, your music will have to be in an uncompressed file format, which would make an entire article in itself. Here’s a great article that explains them.

For now, just know that this new technology will make your LG V20 sound great.

LG V20

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