in my native language of Georgian there's a phoneme transcribed as /v/ which has a wide range of allophones depending on the speaker.
I for example have the following allophones:
[ɸ] or [f] when next to voiceless consonants
labialization [ʷ] after a consonant.
in a Post-vocalic position it might possibly be vocalized as [u~u̯~w] as in for example in the word ავზი (avzi) meaning "sink", though I'm not really sure about it and would like to know if my observations are correct.
Now let's go back to the question I'm trying to figure out the phonetic quality of my word-initial /v/ for a quite some time now,first I thought that it was [v] then after that it was [β] and now I'm thinking that it might be labiodental approximant [ʋ] but I'm not sure since I'm not a phonetician nor a linguist although I'm really interested in phonetics and phonology.
here's a recording of me pronouncing /v/, can anyone tell me what's the phonetic quality of the consonant shown in the recording? thanks in advance.
PS: I've listened to recordings of [v β ʊ] online and I wasn't able to hear the difference between them.