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Old June 30th, 2013, 05:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
Real Loki
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Angry Why is the volume level so much lower on Samsung Galaxy S4 compared to the iPhone?

Hi, last night I was watching the Glastonbury stream through the BBC Radio iPlayer app using a very loud portable Minirig speaker (wired using aux to aux) all on my new Samsung Galaxy S4. I was very disappointed to find that at full volume it was only just borderline loud. I initially put this down to limitations due to the source being streamed but I then decided to test plugging in my mate iPhone 4 and to my horror and frustration it was as loud as my S4's full volume just over half the way up. When I did dare to max the iPhone's volume to full it was incredibly loud and how I expected my phone to be. Considering I'm meant to have one of the best smartphones on the market I expect at least the same level of volume as an iPhone. This happened with my last HTC Desire HD when I tested the same mp3 song on the same speaker system compared to the iPhone and I was laughed out of the room with my poor low limit of volume. The only recommendations I got on here was apps to increase the volume that just distorted the sound. What I'm really looking for is some true hardware facts about the hand sets like that the low level is down to the phone's soundboard or etc. I will never be an iPhone owner but at the same time no one seemed to want to admit defeat that the iPhone wins hands down in the volume level department. Is it just the case that the iPhone has superior hardware for playing everything through the handsets? I do hope this is not true! Any recommendations to increase the volume on my S4 would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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