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So i got my Evo 3D today and decided NOT to trade in my Evo 4g..As i brought my 3D home and compared it to the Evo 4g, i was really disappointing in the sound quality from the speaker as well as the display brightness level and color.

Display wise, the colors on the E4G seem to be richer no matter what setting it is at compared to the E3d. i even toggled auto on both and even manually set them both to max and in both cases the E4G display is richer in color and brighter... i know the E3D has a super LCD display so is it just my unit that is having some dim screen issues?

Speaker quality on the E3D is far from great, In my own experience while having a conversation using the speaker phone, the voices crack while at the loudest setting, and are not nearly as loud as they were on the E4g. Same goes for music and videos, sound is far superior on the E4G than on the E3D. Even with the SRS enabled, sound still isnt as loud as E4g, although it helps makes the quality richer than with the SRS off..

Has anyone else noticed the same things as mentioned above? could it just be my unit that is malfunctioning?

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Yes the one gripe I have is the loudness of the speakers, not sufficient IMO, maybe there is an app that can fix that, lol they makes apps for everything now a days


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So i got my Evo 3D today and decided NOT to trade in my Evo 4g..As i brought my 3D home and compared it to the Evo 4g, i was really disappointing in the sound quality from the speaker as well as the display brightness level and color.

Display wise, the colors on the E4G seem to be richer no matter what setting it is at compared to the E3d. i even toggled auto on both and even manually set them both to max and in both cases the E4G display is richer in color and brighter... i know the E3D has a super LCD display so is it just my unit that is having some dim screen issues?

Speaker quality on the E3D is far from great, In my own experience while having a conversation using the speaker phone, the voices crack while at the loudest setting, and are not nearly as loud as they were on the E4g. Same goes for music and videos, sound is far superior on the E4G than on the E3D. Even with the SRS enabled, sound still isnt as loud as E4g, although it helps makes the quality richer than with the SRS off..

Has anyone else noticed the same things as mentioned above? could it just be my unit that is malfunctioning?
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So i got my Evo 3D today and decided NOT to trade in my Evo 4g..As i brought my 3D home and compared it to the Evo 4g, i was really disappointing in the sound quality from the speaker as well as the display brightness level and color.

Display wise, the colors on the E4G seem to be richer no matter what setting it is at compared to the E3d. i even toggled auto on both and even manually set them both to max and in both cases the E4G display is richer in color and brighter... i know the E3D has a super LCD display so is it just my unit that is having some dim screen issues?

Speaker quality on the E3D is far from great, In my own experience while having a conversation using the speaker phone, the voices crack while at the loudest setting, and are not nearly as loud as they were on the E4g. Same goes for music and videos, sound is far superior on the E4G than on the E3D. Even with the SRS enabled, sound still isnt as loud as E4g, although it helps makes the quality richer than with the SRS off..

Has anyone else noticed the same things as mentioned above? could it just be my unit that is malfunctioning?


I think your assessment of the speaker is dead on. Evo 4G has been the loudest phone I've ever heard, and I've read tests that concluded the same. I also noticed clipping when the speakerphone was on max, but the same clipping happened on my 4G as well; it was just overall louder.

My screen doesn't seem to suffer like yours though. brightness is on par; color reproduction is spot on (compared it with my calibrated desktop monitor), whereas my Evo's screen is WAY off. Could be that I had an older Evo with a crappier screen. Colors are very vibrant on the Evo 3D for me. And when I say vibrant, I'm talking about saturation.
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I think your assessment of the speaker is dead on. Evo 4G has been the loudest phone I've ever heard, and I've read tests that concluded the same. I also noticed clipping when the speakerphone was on max, but the same clipping happened on my 4G as well; it was just overall louder.

My screen doesn't seem to suffer like yours though. brightness is on par; color reproduction is spot on (compared it with my calibrated desktop monitor), whereas my Evo's screen is WAY off. Could be that I had an older Evo with a crappier screen. Colors are very vibrant on the Evo 3D for me. And when I say vibrant, I'm talking about saturation.
Same here, screen is absolutely beautiful but the speaker isn't as good as the OG evo but still though the best speaker on a phone from htc in my opinion was on the touch pro 2.
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I thought it was just me but the display on the Evo3d is very dim and I find myself adjusting the brightness because it is not nearly as bright as the Evo 4g . Next, for me its hard to tell the difference between the Evo3d and Evo4g as far the screen resolution is concerned, I mean nothing jumps out at me and big difference is display size the Evo3d has a smaller screen maybe this is what the increase in resolution Evo3d is based on. Watching movies is not nearly as fun as before, probably why they left off the kick stand. The speaker was a real shocker, and at first I thought the store had placed it on the lowest setting to limit distractions, boy was I wrong it's just the opposite it was highest setting so I could hear it in the store. After comparing the resolution to the smaller Google nexus s HTC seems to have cut corners in-order to bring this phone to market.
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I thought it was just me but the display on the Evo3d is very dim and I find myself adjusting the brightness because it is not nearly as bright as the Evo 4g . Next, for me its hard to tell the difference between the Evo3d and Evo4g as far the screen resolution is concerned, I mean nothing jumps out at me and big difference is display size the Evo3d has a smaller screen maybe this is what the increase in resolution Evo3d is based on. Watching movies is not nearly as fun as before, probably why they left off the kick stand. The speaker was a real shocker, and at first I thought the store had placed it on the lowest setting to limit distractions, boy was I wrong it's just the opposite it was highest setting so I could hear it in the store. After comparing the resolution to the smaller Google nexus s HTC seems to have cut corners in-order to bring this phone to market.
couldnt agree with you any more.. The screen brightness issue as well as the speaker is what really knocks me about this phone..i know its a SUPER LCD display but compared to my Evo 4g it looks nothing like it. i have to currently set the brightness at about 70% to make it look decent enough for me not to mind. As for the speaker well thats something i cant do anything about. Simply put, lower speaker means lower notifications and ringers which means ill be less likely to hear my phone now than i was before. I use to even use my Evo 4g to play music via the speaker as well as have conversations with it. now i cant because the speaker is so soft i cant hear much from the music playing and voice calls crack at the loudest setting..

Besides these two grips, the phone is Awsome...Overall i am pleased with it, although a louder speaker and brighter display would have been the icing on the cake. i am especially satisfied with the battery life, as i can now keep 3G on for the entire day with emails pushing and not have my battery die on me within 5 hours
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I am comparing mine to my hero so the screen looks good to me. That being said I am not happy with the speaker at all.
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I must say the one and only thing that is driving me nuts it the speaker volume on the phone, they must of had to replace a lot of speakers on the first series of EVO's because this is not acceptable, lets build this thread up if you are having the same issue, and once it gets large enough I will forward it to HTC, I am sure they did something to protect there speakers.
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Yes, significantly lower volume than the OG.
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Has anyone seen the setting under settings>call called hearing aids? There's a warning that enabling it will amplify the call volume. I haven't really gotten to try it out thoroughly but i tried calling a line with a recording and it does seem to bump up the volume a bit though not by much.
It seemed to me like the speakers could get much louder with ease, and that it's probably a software issue which means it should be fixable with a volume boosting app.
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I agree, but we need to keep this thread going, unless if not enough of us complain they will not that this serious, my goal is to get this thread big enough to show them this is an issue, I have missed many calls because the phone has been in my office and I was in the kitchen and you cannot here it ring, barely at best. I will try the option you mentioned, but I also believe it can be rectified by a software upgrade or tweak


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Has anyone seen the setting under settings>call called hearing aids? There's a warning that enabling it will amplify the call volume. I haven't really gotten to try it out thoroughly but i tried calling a line with a recording and it does seem to bump up the volume a bit though not by much.
It seemed to me like the speakers could get much louder with ease, and that it's probably a software issue which means it should be fixable with a volume boosting app.
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Have any of you tried comparing volume between E4G and E3D with both back covers off? Cause it's pretty clear that the E4G speaker grille on its back cover has much larger holes than the speaker grille on the E3D. Could it be that the E3D's cover is dampening the volume too much?
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There's another thread dedicated to discussing screen brightness here:

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Let's keep this thread focused on the volume issue, please.
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I believe there have been a few that said there was a large difference between the 2, if it is as simply as changing the cover that would be great, but what will happen once we add a case to the phone ? If it bothers most as they say it does then they will post in the HTC thread I created on there forums

I tried the equalizer fix someone posted over at XDA and I did not notice much difference


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Have any of you tried comparing volume between E4G and E3D with both back covers off? Cause it's pretty clear that the E4G speaker grille on its back cover has much larger holes than the speaker grille on the E3D. Could it be that the E3D's cover is dampening the volume too much?
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If the equalizer comes with a pre-amp slider, that should increase the master volume, but since the speaker is already clipping at the phone's max volume, I don't recommend pre-amping the speaker. You could blow it out.

Most cases I've seen have a complete cut-out around the speaker grille, so I don't think a case would hurt. Right now I'm just lazy to take both my phones out of their otterbox cases to test the back cover theory, but I suspect it's at least part of the problem. For someone with naked phones, this is an easy test to perform.

But even so, I wouldn't have the heart to try to perform surgery on my case to make bigger holes... Maybe hope for a replacement or third party cover.
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I agree, since you have both phone, do you notice a difference in the speakers??



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ok, you made me do my proposed test

With covers off, E4G is still louder. Looks to be purely a speaker size issue. And if you ask me, there's not much HTC can do to fix this. They made an engineering decision to go with a smaller speaker so that it would fit in that red rim on the cover. Could have been an overall space constraint, and speaker size took a sacrifice, just like the kickstand did.

Funny thing is, my wife was nearby, and without looking at what I was doing, or asking me anything, she said, "The second one sounds much better." The second one happened to be the Evo 3D speaker. I was playing 'Garbage - Special.mp3" on both phones.

So in a blind test, wife prefers the audio quality of Evo 3D Maybe because the softer speaker on the E3D doesn't clip/distort as much at high volume like the E4G did.
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Funny also, I just took the cover off to see if the volume would be louder, but it did not make a difference, here is one you need to test, I believe the bigger issue is those using the phone when they are on a call and using the speaker phone, you have to turn the phone with the camera lens facing you to hear the person properly, try that and you will see what I mean, I mainly use a BT so I am not really concerned, but I have missed a few calls when I did not have my BT on.



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With covers off, E4G is still louder. Looks to be purely a speaker size issue. And if you ask me, there's not much HTC can do to fix this. They made an engineering decision to go with a smaller speaker so that it would fit in that red rim on the cover. Could have been an overall space constraint, and speaker size took a sacrifice, just like the kickstand did.

Funny thing is, my wife was nearby, and without looking at what I was doing, or asking me anything, she said, "The second one sounds much better." The second one happened to be the Evo 3D speaker. I was playing 'Garbage - Special.mp3" on both phones.

So in a blind test, wife prefers the audio quality of Evo 3D Maybe because the softer speaker on the E3D doesn't clip/distort as much at high volume like the E4G did.
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Has anyone seen the setting under settings>call called hearing aids? There's a warning that enabling it will amplify the call volume. I haven't really gotten to try it out thoroughly but i tried calling a line with a recording and it does seem to bump up the volume a bit though not by much.
It seemed to me like the speakers could get much louder with ease, and that it's probably a software issue which means it should be fixable with a volume boosting app.
I remember seeing it initially, but passed it up. Now when I go back I cannot find it. Is there a way to boost overall volume using this?
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About display i have 3 dead pixels in my 3vo at the top left 2 and at the top right 1, close to the htc and sprint logo at the top.. i only see them when i have the camera mode
I dont know if i have to take it for a new one or anyone have dead pixels?
Keeping it or exchange for new one? i might not exchange it because i did all the set ups i want and it took me like 1 and a half days lol..
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Has anyone tested stereo bluetooth volume?
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I remember seeing it initially, but passed it up. Now when I go back I cannot find it. Is there a way to boost overall volume using this?
It seems to boost volume during a call on both earpiece and speaker phone though not by much.

I've noticed some ringtones are a bit louder than others. I find the overall volume on the phone to be too low, that goes for ringtones calls speakerphone etc. but I still think it's software fixable and that the speakers on the phone can handle the extra volume. I haven't experienced any clipping
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The hearing aid setting only amplifies in-call volume, according to it's description on the E4G. It should be the same for the E3D.

I'm pretty sure this is all down to the speaker. If they were going to use a small speaker like that, they should have atleast went with two and put on on either side of the phone. What is the point of SRS surround with a mono speaker?
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Didn't test a BT call, but I did use BT A2DP to play music to my car. That sounded perfect. Will try to do some call tests a bit later.
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We have two 3vo's and speaker volume is almost non exsistant as far as external. Ear piece is a little better but not great. I really hope this is something that can be fixed. Don if you are able to cut and paste to HTC Community it would be appreciated. flairmedk (androidforums)
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Yea my e3d is not loud at all, not even my my ringtone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Someone on here mentioned an app called Equalizer and it seems to have helped the volume for music and podcasts. Not if it will work for rintones or movies. I set everything to max and I can tell a difference.
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For those who think the issue is holes in the case being too small iI can assure you this is not the case. I took both cases off evo 4g and 3d and evo 4g still out performed the 3d. HTC put a smaller speaker on the unit which is the culprit for the low sound..if you notice, some songs and especially voice calls crackle at the Max setting..I think raising the sound anymore even with a third party app will blow speaker for sure
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For those who think the issue is holes in the case being too small iI can assure you this is not the case. I took both cases off evo 4g and 3d and evo 4g still out performed the 3d. HTC put a smaller speaker on the unit which is the culprit for the low sound..if you notice, some songs and especially voice calls crackle at the Max setting..I think raising the sound anymore even with a third party app will blow speaker for sure
Yep, it looks like the culprit is too small of a speaker. If it clips at its max volume, there's nothing you can do to fix it. And it does clip. Which means that that is the loudest volume the speaker can handle physically.

If you try to pre-amp the volume, you may blow out the speaker. Be careful playing with equalizer apps.
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Now the question becomes does a downgraded speaker outweigh the improvements?
for some it will, while for others it won't. Its really going to depend on the individual...

For me personally whom doesn't make too many phone calls, the low speaker isn't a major deal breaker although I wish it were louder..
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The biggest issue with this for me is not hearing the ringtone. Isn't a feature of sense to ring your phone from a PC if you can't find it? How would you even hear the damn thing?
Seems like this issue is going to make it too easy to miss phone calls unless the phone is constantly attached to you. And you can forget about any alarm clock functionality if you're a heavy sleeper. (I know you can get a cheapo alarm clock anywhere but are you going to carry that everywhere with you?)
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I remember back in the 1980's when big speakers, meant good speakers, lol!!!! Now in 2011 I have a set of speakers that is probably 1/10th of the size of my speakers back in the day. But the sound coming from those small speakers will blow the 80's speakers out of the water. So just being a small speaker doesn't have to mean low, or poor sound quality. You just need to use the right speakers from the start. For what these phones cost they should have better sound, no excuse not too. I have not had the clipping issues, even though my volumes are all max'd. I need to figure something out. I am tired of looking at the phone and seeing I missed several calls because I never heard the ringer. I even have it set to vibrate, but I don't feel it when it is in the Otterbox holster. I may have to start carrying the brick in my pocket. I never thought low speaker volume would have been a big issue with this phone. But what do I know???????????????
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I dont have the 3D and dont plan on getting it for these 2 reasons.

As far as the speaker and thinking a app will help, it wont. This is a hardware issue brought on most likely by the 3D cam set up. It seems like having the extra cam has not only forced them to get ride of the kickstand (because the battery now sits where the kickstand was mounted on the 4G) but also forced them to use either a smaller or lower powered speaker.

Its hard to make a argument of being a good multimedia phone if you have a weak speaker.

This can also be a result of the 1st batch of phones and may be corrected in a new batch of phones if enough complain.
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Everyone's mileage varies as does everyone' decision points.

I've yet to hear decent multimedia sound on a phone speaker in any case. I'm aware they've made surround-sound phones with purportedly decent speakers - I've just not heard them (and wish they would, for once, come out with a phone that adds features rather than simply trades them).

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I've yet to hear decent multimedia sound on a phone speaker in any case. I'm aware they've made surround-sound phones with purportedly decent speakers - I've just not heard them (and wish they would, for once, come out with a phone that adds features rather than simply trades them).

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Speaker update: it would seem that the speaker is physically capable of being a lot louder than it is during phone call mode. I just played a movie I put on my SD card, and the speaker was really loud.

So.... not sure what to make of that. I definitely hear plenty of clipping when my phone is on speakerphone. Maybe it's not clipping but some sort of resonance with the chassis.....
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Speaker update: it would seem that the speaker is physically capable of being a lot louder than it is during phone call mode. I just played a movie I put on my SD card, and the speaker was really loud.

So.... not sure what to make of that. I definitely hear plenty of clipping when my phone is on speakerphone. Maybe it's not clipping but some sort of resonance with the chassis.....
How bizarre.

If it were the chassis, it ought be worse when louder with media.

How did they not use the same audio paths for phone/media? (I really don't want to have to go thru the schematics again. )

In any case - your description says that for whatever reason, they did not.
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well I forget my physics... but is resonance solely a function of frequency? Or does amplitude come into play as well? I thought it was both. And if so, then perhaps once you pass a certain amplitude, the resonance stops. still doesn't make sense, cause movie volume fluctuates. I should be hearing the resonance here and there still.

I already proved to myself that playing the same mp3 file on both E4G and E3D showed that E3D was much lower in volume. I need to get this movie on my E4G and then compare. But still, it sounds way louder than call speakerphone volumes.
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well I forget my physics... but is resonance solely a function of frequency? Or does amplitude come into play as well? I thought it was both.
Invert frequency, multiply by speed of sound to get wavelength. Resonances occur when physical structures dimensioned to wavelengths or even fractions allow mechanical amplification.

Amplitude only comes into play if the energy level overcomes the material elasticity and then the structure just rattles.

Wavelengths of dominant voice frequencies fall into the range of about 9" to 3" inches or so.

While it's theoretically possible for a wide range of resonances to cancel, when that happens they tend to get reinforced elsewhere - as a rule of thumb.

Given the wavelengths in question, I'd doubt resonances and go with your original call - some weakness in the phone audio amplifier path leading to poor volume and clipping.

Strictly a quick swag, tho - but that's what intuition dictates.
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Yep, it looks like the culprit is too small of a speaker. If it clips at its max volume, there's nothing you can do to fix it. And it does clip. Which means that that is the loudest volume the speaker can handle physically.

If you try to pre-amp the volume, you may blow out the speaker. Be careful playing with equalizer apps.
Thank you. You do not want any speaker that you ever come in contact with to be clipping. That's a great way to blow a speaker BTW. Using any amp is only going to make it worse if clipping is experienced without one. This is a hardware issue not a software one.
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Speaker update: it would seem that the speaker is physically capable of being a lot louder than it is during phone call mode. I just played a movie I put on my SD card, and the speaker was really loud.

So.... not sure what to make of that. I definitely hear plenty of clipping when my phone is on speakerphone. Maybe it's not clipping but some sort of resonance with the chassis.....
Once you've heard clipping it is hard to mistake it. Possible that the phone is using a different setting for amplification for each application. Although if you were sure it was clipping on a phone call and it wasn't as loud I find it hard to believe the other wouldn't have clipping too
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Another proof is enabling the hearing-aid mode for regular phone calls. Speaker is a TON louder even at the weakest setting.
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Once you've heard clipping it is hard to mistake it. Possible that the phone is using a different setting for amplification for each application. Although if you were sure it was clipping on a phone call and it wasn't as loud I find it hard to believe the other wouldn't have clipping too
Had the same issues this is what I found, by no means scientific.

I raised the volume on my phone to max, this is what I discovered. Installed Equalizer app and raised the volume for all, the volume level on the far right, media sounds louder than without the app. Certainly enough for me to noticed a difference. Test the ringer volume and it sounded the same, so installed Quick Settings app ( it's free ) went to the phone ringer volume tab and noticed my ringer volume was at 5/7, I could have sworn I turned it up to max. I tested again and the volume is about 20% louder than before. Not OE level but better, I did all my testing 3 rooms away with the usual house noises,computer running,walls..etc,etc. Hopefully this will help.
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BUMP this post again, those of you still concerned about the speaker issue should post in the HTC thread I create over at the HTC forum, you will see their response to an email I sent them, seems like they are not even aware of this issue, so we need you to post in that thread for them to take it serous. I am using EQ now so I can live with it for now, but I know many of you this issue is a deal breaker, so take the time to post and so something about it.


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Once you've heard clipping it is hard to mistake it. Possible that the phone is using a different setting for amplification for each application. Although if you were sure it was clipping on a phone call and it wasn't as loud I find it hard to believe the other wouldn't have clipping too
The only way I can explain it is this: the clipping is already built into the audio stream before it reaches the speaker (ruling out my earlier guess of resonance cause that made less sense).

Let's say I take an mp3 file and up the amplitude until the file clips. The actual wave form is being cut off at the peaks (we haven't run it through any speakers yet). Now I save that file and play it back on my PC speakers with the volume turned low. I'm going to hear clipping. And it's not the speakers clipping. It's just reproducing the clipped sound wave.

So if the incoming call's sound wave has been inadvertently clipped, the speaker will just play those clipping sounds. So the next test is this: turn down the phone's speakerphone volume and see if we still hear the clipping. If so, the speaker has some room for amplification yet.
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Its not much to add but I'll throw in my 2c. I would say playing music the 3vo does well...even comprable (from memory) to the OG. Now, speaker usage for speakerphone purposes sucks. I'm not sure if its the audio equalizer built in to the player helping out or if voice calls are dumbed down for a reason.
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Eitherway I sure do miss my evo 4gspeaker..it was one badass speaker indeed
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I've noticed my speaker will - out of the blue - get stuck on low volume. Playing something thru the stock music player seems to clear it.
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