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Old April 3rd, 2013, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've recently upgraded from a HTC One X to a HTC One. I've noticed the volume control isn't as good with the new handset, as the lowest volume setting is still quite loud. With my HTC One X I could put the volume of games down so that it was loud enough for me to hear, but not loud enough to annoy anyone in the vicinity ie my wife lying next to me. I've searched to see if there is a way to make the volume control more sensitive with smaller increments, but I've been unable to find anything. Has anyone else noticed this issue or have any solutions (apart from earphones!)

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It is loud, and to be honest i think it's good that people are complaining that they can't turn it down enough.

I tried an app from the store but it didn't help.

I would say the only option for now would be rooting and installing a custom rom, they usually have more volume increments included.
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It is loud, and to be honest i think it's good that people are complaining that they can't turn it down enough.

I tried an app from the store but it didn't help.

I would say the only option for now would be rooting and installing a custom rom, they usually have more volume increments included.
Crafty, are you saying it is loud, even on the lowest setting? I agree we have needed more volume capability on phones. Especially the way I use the speakerphone a lot at work. However, there are times when I need to turn the volume way down. Are you not able to do this on the One?
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As part of their HTC One review Android Central used the words assaulted and terrifying when describing the volume levels of the One. Here's the relevant excerpt.

This combination of larger speakers, more advanced membranes and Beats Audio results in the loudest and bassiest sound experience weíve heard on any smartphone, without sacrificing clarity. For music and video content, thatís great. But on anything but the lowest volume setting, itís almost too loud for regular notifications and ringtones. Powering on the HTC One for the first time, youíre assaulted by the full force of BoomSound in HTC jingle form. And the first phone call you receive on the device will be equally terrifying if it strikes you unprepared.

They also posted an audio comparison to other devices here.
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Crafty, are you saying it is loud, even on the lowest setting? I agree we have needed more volume capability on phones. Especially the way I use the speakerphone a lot at work. However, there are times when I need to turn the volume way down. Are you not able to do this on the One?
I would say it depends on which tones you choose, i use the old monophonic Nokia beep message tone and old Nokia monophonic ringtone, they are pretty loud even on the lowest setting, if you pick a "softer" tone then it may well be quiet enough, other than that, the vibration options is the one for you.
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I would say it depends on which tones you choose, i use the old monophonic Nokia beep message tone and old Nokia monophonic ringtone, they are pretty loud even on the lowest setting, if you pick a "softer" tone then it may well be quiet enough, other than that, the vibration options is the one for you.
Thanks Crafty. Actually, I am not that concerned about tones. It is volume when you are on a phone call (both types: phone-on-ear and speakerphone) that I am concerned about.
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Sorry, mis read your post, speaker phone sound is loud enough, and still audible on the lowest setting, as for on ear, i have no problems hearing callers, whether people around me can hear the conversation i don't know.
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As part of their HTC One review Android Central used the words assaulted and terrifying when describing the volume levels of the One. Here's the relevant excerpt.

This combination of larger speakers, more advanced membranes and Beats Audio results in the loudest and bassiest sound experience weíve heard on any smartphone, without sacrificing clarity. For music and video content, thatís great. But on anything but the lowest volume setting, itís almost too loud for regular notifications and ringtones. Powering on the HTC One for the first time, youíre assaulted by the full force of BoomSound in HTC jingle form. And the first phone call you receive on the device will be equally terrifying if it strikes you unprepared.
Wow! That is crazy. I wasn't expecting that - at all! Some food for thought there folks.
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Crafty, are you saying it is loud, even on the lowest setting? I agree we have needed more volume capability on phones. Especially the way I use the speakerphone a lot at work. However, there are times when I need to turn the volume way down. Are you not able to do this on the One?
Thanks for all the replies guys. I think the volume on the phone is great, it's just not being able to control it at the lowest level that's slightly annoying, as this wasn't a problem on the One X. I'll just have to live with the phone on mute or put earphones in if I'm wanting to have the sound turned down low. I'd recommend putting the alarm volume down low as well if you are using the phone as an alarm clock. I made the mistake of not checking the volume and woke up with a hell off a fright the first time I used it.
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Thanks Monkeyboy. I would like to be clear on what you are saying. When you speak of not being able to control the volume at the lowest levels, are you talking about ringing volume, tones, etc. OR are you talking about the volume in your ear while on a call with the phone to your ear? It is the volume in the ear that I am most concerned about. I have sensitive ear drums and I need to be able to turn down volume in the earpiece to nearly a whisper while on calls.

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I'll take too loud over too low any day of the week...
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Try this as a notification, LOUD on the lowest setting!
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Thanks Monkeyboy. I would like to be clear on what you are saying. When you speak of not being able to control the volume at the lowest levels, are you talking about ringing volume, tones, etc. OR are you talking about the volume in your ear while on a call with the phone to your ear? It is the volume in the ear that I am most concerned about. I have sensitive ear drums and I need to be able to turn down volume in the earpiece to nearly a whisper while on calls.

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It's the volume on the speakers, there's a big jump from 0 to 1 but when you're in a call it's normal.. same when you have headphones in.

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Upload all of the sounds to the computer, use MP3Gain to 'turn them down', put 'em back on the phone and viola.
I use it for all of my music before sending it to the phone to quiet it down a bit.
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I had the same problem with the volume being too high, so I downloaded an app called Music Volume EQ - I turned the volume on the app down to 1 and changed all the settings to -15 in the Equalizer, and now the speakers are very quiet (especially without Beats Audio enabled). It also gives you an icon in the notification bar so its pretty easy to turn it on or off, if you need the speakers to be at their normal volume.
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I had the same problem with the volume being too high, so I downloaded an app called Music Volume EQ - I turned the volume on the app down to 1 and changed all the settings to -15 in the Equalizer, and now the speakers are very quiet (especially without Beats Audio enabled). It also gives you an icon in the notification bar so its pretty easy to turn it on or off, if you need the speakers to be at their normal volume.
Reviving an old thread here, but does this work for media volume like YouTube or Games, or is it just for music?
I think it was pretty clear from reading monkeyboy's original post what problem he was having. I have trawled through many similar threads but they all get derailed by people talking about the in-call volume or ringtones etcetera. I have exactly the same problem as monkeyboy though, because I don't go to sleep earlier than my girlfriend. I like to lie in bed and quietly watch videos or play games, which was fine on my Galaxy S3, but if I try it on my HTC One it usually results in a sharp elbow jab in my spine.

The jump in volume from 0 to 1 is unacceptable and HTC or somebody needs to fix this problem! I can't even muffle the speakers with my hand on this phone because of the otherwise fantastic dual front facing speakers!
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Did anyone notice the irony when they first powered their phones on out of the box? The screen flashed up "HTC One", "Quietly Brilliant", then a loud intro noise is played over both speaker. And I mean loud!
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I'm just wondering has anyone experience a sudden low volume from their phone. When I first received my phone the speakers was noticeably loud now they are very low.
 
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I'm just wondering has anyone experience a sudden low volume from their phone. When I first received my phone the speakers was noticeably loud now they are very low.
T-Mobile issued an update to lower the output of the speakers because people were blowing their speakers out. I don't think Sprint has messed with my device.
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Anyone else blow the speakers in their One? I'm pretty sure it happened from the old school ringing alarm sound being at max volume, so there's a warning for folks.
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Anyone else blow the speakers in their One? I'm pretty sure it happened from the old school ringing alarm sound being at max volume, so there's a warning for folks.
No, I assume your case is why T-Mobile issued an update to lower the sound output of the phone. There were cases of people blowing their speakers. I can understand why this happens but I think a vast majority of individuals who purchased the One lowered the volume from day one because the sound quality was unbelievable.

The HTC EVO 4G had a great speaker and the speaker on the EVO 3D was a cruel joke. Those of us who have had these phones knew we got the loudness of the EVO 4G back with the HTC One. But it was too loud for a lot of us.

If Sprint lowered the sound output I would be pissed. Everyone in the office took notice of the speaker quality on my phone when it chimed at me because a text did not go out on the network. Everyone started starring at each other and my phone was in my pocket. I just smiled and said it was my phone.
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I've noticed sub par volume levels on my phone. My brother's Note 2 blows it out of the water, even though clarity is much better in mine.

We were at a noisy restaurant and mine just couldn't hang with his in terms of loudness. I was quite disappointed to say the least...this was one of the main reasons I bought the phone.
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I've noticed sub par volume levels on my phone. My brother's Note 2 blows it out of the water, even though clarity is much better in mine.

We were at a noisy restaurant and mine just couldn't hang with his in terms of loudness. I was quite disappointed to say the least...this was one of the main reasons I bought the phone.
This is odd, My girlfriend has the Note 2 and my HTC One is about twice as loud as her Note 2 on any volume playing music, games, videos etc. My HTC One is the Sprint version.
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Hey Nomunk I'm with sprint as well and my HTC ONE speakers makes static nose. Do you experience any of this?
 
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i am on sprint and have a launch day device. no distortions from the device i use.
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My speaker volume seems fine, but ever since taking the update related to HD Voice, my blue tooth volume is much much lower. I used to only have it turned up about 3 or 4 notches. Now I have to have it more than half way up for it to be usable while driving. I haven't tested my wife's phone yet.
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Hey Nomunk I'm with sprint as well and my HTC ONE speakers makes static nose. Do you experience any of this?
I have not experienced any static whatsoever from day one. So far so good.

edit: I got my HTC One at launch if that matters.
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The HTC One is exceptionally loud. I have the ring and media volume set at the first couple of levels most of the time.
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This is my first ever post so bear with me...

I have been having the htc one for around a month or two and I love most of the things on the phone like the screen and build quality; I have been enjoying the sound quality probably the most though!

I find the beats audio setting good for my hip hop music at my relatively quiet home, but when I am showing off my speakers at school it seems I have to resort to turning off beats audio if i want to stay away from setting the volume over 3/4 (call me crazy but I want to make the speakers last). My question is if the beats audio can be maxed out or close to maxed out without hurting the beautiful speakers? The music is less louder compared to it when beats is turned off and it sounds like the speakers can handle but I wanted to get a second opinion. This is also my first smartphone so I don't really have any experience of having a past phone to experiment with.

What do you guys usually put your sound settings on and how good are your speakers now compared to day one?

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This is odd, My girlfriend has the Note 2 and my HTC One is about twice as loud as her Note 2 on any volume playing music, games, videos etc. My HTC One is the Sprint version.
We played the same song side by side, and while it wasnt an insane difference, the Note 2 is definitely louder. I took a coworkers HTC One and played it alongside mine and they were similar in volume.



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It is loud, and to be honest i think it's good that people are complaining that they can't turn it down enough.

I tried an app from the store but it didn't help.

I would say the only option for now would be rooting and installing a custom rom, they usually have more volume increments included.
There is a mod out there for people running custom ROM's which increases the number of steps in the volume chain.

Only thing it doesn't do is change the default minimum and maximum volume levels, just the steps inbetween to get to each one.

As far as I know this can't be changed unless HTC do it with an update.
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Found this on the HTC site: I just figured out the call volume problem on my HTC One. Under "Call" on the Settings menu, there is a "Hearing aids" option that was selected (by check box.) When I de-selected this option, the over-amplification of incoming conversations resolved. The first clue was an ear-shaped icon at the top of the screen with the service bars, 4G and Wi-Fi icons, etc.

This fixed a long-standing problem for me that T-Mobile support couldn't figure out, either.
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Default Hearing Aid feature has long been on htc devices...

this option has been on many an htc device. its not a "problem" and should only be intended for users with hearing deficiencies, not to increase your music and make it better.

this setting CAN and WILL distort music and even voice conversations and should be used with caution EVEN with people with hearing deficiencies.

and ABSOLUTELY UNDER no circumstances should it be used with Beats or any preset audio algorithm!!!!! you are asking for trouble!
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Default HTC One Headphones Blasting

I have the HTC One, but a problem persists with it: the headphones blasting. I am using the ones that come with the HTC One and occasionally, when it switches songs, it will for the first second just blast that music at max then go back to what I have it set to. This hurts my ears like no other, even if it is just a short burst. Anyone have any ideas on how to deal with this? Thanks.
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Default Sound seems too low even on max volume

I just got an HTC One and I love it, but I'm a little annoyed by the soft speaker output. Notifications seems to be acceptably loud, but if I'm in the car listening to the radio, I can't hear turn-by-turn navigation directions at all. With the Galaxy S3 that I just switched from, I had no problem hearing the instructions over the radio and road noise. Have any of you run into this? If so, have you found any good solutions? I'd love to find a volume boost app or a setting to bump up the output a bit.

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Sound got week on htc one...after week or so found plastic face cover over speaker...
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Default sound in games too loud

I can't play my games without waking up the*dog. Increments are too large. An update needs to be done soon! I've disabled Beats but no difference. Help!



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Reviving an old thread here, but does this work for media volume like YouTube or Games, or is it just for music?
I think it was pretty clear from reading monkeyboy's original post what problem he was having. I have trawled through many similar threads but they all get derailed by people talking about the in-call volume or ringtones etcetera. I have exactly the same problem as monkeyboy though, because I don't go to sleep earlier than my girlfriend. I like to lie in bed and quietly watch videos or play games, which was fine on my Galaxy S3, but if I try it on my HTC One it usually results in a sharp elbow jab in my spine.

The jump in volume from 0 to 1 is unacceptable and HTC or somebody needs to fix this problem! I can't even muffle the speakers with my hand on this phone because of the otherwise fantastic dual front facing speakers!
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I agree, the volume is way too loud, even on the lowest setting. My old HTC Desire had a slider, that changed the volume incrementally - can't imagine why they would change that... Functionality is a good thing!
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Can anyone recommend an app that consistently adheres to the volumes that the user has set? So far, every one I have used resets to default after a few days (re: v loud)

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Can anyone recommend an app that consistently adheres to the volumes that the user has set? So far, every one I have used resets to default after a few days (re: v loud)

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Hey there. I realize I'm a tad bit late, but I know of an app that has been really helpful to me. I downloaded it some time ago and it lets you control the volume of pretty much everything on your phone. It's called Smart Volume control + and it allows you to control your volumes by profiles. It's pretty cool.

I'm sure by now that you found something that is working, or doing a good enough job, but I figured I'd post about it anyways.

Here is the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cz.directservices.SmartVolumeControlPlu s

There's a free version you can check out too if you just want to play with it.
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Hi all, Had my HTC One for around 8months and really happy with it until 3 weeks ago. Top speaker starter to crackle/distort at mid/high volume, been getting steadily worse and now nearly impossible to hear phone calls. Anyone else had this issue?

Contacted O2 (UK) and they said the phone is under warranty, send it back for repair for free.

Which would be fine but I have heard that the whole phone has to be dismantled.....so not holding out hope that I get my original phone back.
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Hi all, Had my HTC One for around 8months and really happy with it until 3 weeks ago. Top speaker starter to crackle/distort at mid/high volume, been getting steadily worse and now nearly impossible to hear phone calls. Anyone else had this issue?

Contacted O2 (UK) and they said the phone is under warranty, send it back for repair for free.

Which would be fine but I have heard that the whole phone has to be dismantled.....so not holding out hope that I get my original phone back.
If it's a hardware issue then it'll need to go back, what's wrong with getting a new phone?
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I've recently upgraded from a HTC One X to a HTC One. I've noticed the volume control isn't as good with the new handset, as the lowest volume setting is still quite loud. With my HTC One X I could put the volume of games down so that it was loud enough for me to hear, but not loud enough to annoy anyone in the vicinity ie my wife lying next to me. I've searched to see if there is a way to make the volume control more sensitive with smaller increments, but I've been unable to find anything. Has anyone else noticed this issue or have any solutions (apart from earphones!)
Did you find a solution? I have the same problem. I want to play games without waking my girlfriend up but the lowest volume setting is still really loud so I want to be able to lower it by finer increments. Most apps seem to either give you a different way of adjusting the volume, but the volume remains the same, or boosting the volume but I want the opposite

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I may have just found the App to solve this. It's called Fine Vole Control V2.0 I just installed it and if you go into the advanced settings under preferences you can set the volume to extra low and I can now play games quietly. I haven't tested any other sounds yet and it seems like it might work on a trial basis where you have to pay later but so far so good
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my speakers must be bust, because loud isnt one description that i'd use for them... they are crackle free when turned up full, but nothing like what i was expecting of them... do the speaker grills fill up with dust/fluff etc if you keep the phone in your pocket etc.. Because my microphone hole on the bottom edge became blocked... a quick rub around with a pin head cleared it up.....
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My speakers are great if I want to play something loud, way better than any other phone I've come across. I have no problem with crackling or dust in the grill (though I do have a case that closes over top of them)
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Default Is there any way to lower the phone volume?

I'm wondering if there's any way to lower the phone volume on the HTC One when making a call. There don't appear to be any volume settings specific to the phone. I'm not talking about the ring but about the voice from the other party coming into the phone. It's so loud I have to hold the phone away from my ear to be able to understand them.
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Have you tried the volume down button during the call?

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