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Old November 20th, 2011, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rezound gives more details in Beat Audio

I was listening to Rezound over and over in order to solve a static noise issue earlier (please see other thread about that issue). Now I want to post something about its general audio quality.

I saw people saying Beat Audio/iBeat (alright, or iCrap:P) is for rap only, or Beat Audio only makes audio louder, or only amplifies bass sounds.

Not true imo.

Based on my testing, with beat mode on and off, with beat earphone or my other earphone (ultimate ears 700) (I used to have an er-4p, but I gave it to my record engineer friend when he broke his with a deadline to catch), my opinion is, Beat Audio does its job to minimize distortion across the spectrum.

The difference between Beat mode enabled or disabled is significant. And the difference between iBeat earphones and my ultimate ears 700 is not. (iBeat has its advantage in that, the audio output of Rezound is tuned based on this setting Beat Audio + iBeat)

In one line, Beat Audio mode in Rezound gives more detail of music, period.

Is it good enough to live up to the hype? I don't know. Maybe not yet, as least not until HTC releases Beat API so all apps can take advantage of Beat Audio. But, is it better than other non beat phone for now? Of course it is. (my previous phone is Nexus One).

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thanks for the writeup; i fully agree. the sound just seems a bit more defined, and it seems to create a bit more of a stereo image than with beats off. i like it, and all i listen to is rock!
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I don't know. I was able to use PowerAmp's eq and "StereoX" to essentially replicate the "beats audio" profile.
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there's most likely more going on than you can actually hear, but whats going on helps create a better overall sound than a normal equalizer does
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I don't know. I was able to use PowerAmp's eq and "StereoX" to essentially replicate the "beats audio" profile.
I can get mine close on my PowerAmp as well, but it actually sounds better with the iBeats and Beats processing enabled. I wasn't expecting much out of them but I am impressed. While it does seem to do well with Rap/Hip-hop, I've tried out everything on my phone. Guitars and drums especially seem to benefit. Vocals are pretty good as well. An acoustic guitar really sounds like I'm in the room while they're playing.

So while you can get close with PowerAmp, it takes a lot of tweaking, and even then doesn't appear quite as good. Maybe it's because I usually enhance the bass a bit when listening, I don't know. But it works well for me. I'm acutally looking forward to throwing more music on my Rezound to see how it sounds, and I haven't added anything to the music library on my phone for quite awhile (what's on my Rezound now is what was on my Inc2 previously).

Also, I read yeasterday on here (think it was on the thread about the selling price of the iBeats) that someone posted that the battery drops significantly using Beats processing. I think it has more to do with turning the screen on and off to switch songs. I used the inline remote to switch between songs (only turning on the screen to switch playlists) and started listening to music with the battery at about 20%. After an hour and a half of listening (only turning on the screen at most 5 times) I ended up at 15%. To me a 5% loss in 1.5 hours is pretty good with the phone constantly in use. The screen however (just like on the Tbolt) uses quite a bit of juice when it's in use, so using the inline remote definitely helps.
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honestly, i notice hardly any battery drain, and i keep beats on all the time. i didn't think it drained battery that much
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It's possible that there is additional Digital Signal Processing going on with Beats. Popular tricks with spatial imaging are used, similar to "StereoX" in the latest PowerAmp. They could also do some digital filtering similar to Alpine's patented "BBE" Bass Enhancement where they went beyond boosting frequencies and actually filtered out some of the lower octaves and then summed them on top of the original signal, often with a delay to increase sustain.
Or they could take the difference between the channels and sum them (R-L)+R or (L-R)+L.

It does sound good, but it won't be long before we discover precisely what it is and other developers replicate the effect.
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They sound better on the phone, but when you plug the Beats into a regular MP3 player, compared to my S4s, the bass was louder, but didn't seem as full. I think I'll keep em just for their novelty. One question I have is will other monster earphones work and can you fabricate a pair of earphones with a monster plug to engage the beats audio or is the programming somehow inside the headphones themselves?
 
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Has anyone seen a Beats adapter plug? I assume the plug is what activates Beats. Would like to use Beats with my regular audio system, especially in the car. I see a couple from China on eBay but nothing from Monster or other mainline audio stores.
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guys, you don't need beats headphones to enable beats audio.
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guys, you don't need beats headphones to enable beats audio.

I think Dr. Dre has to deem your headphones kosher for it to work with "regular" earphones though....
 
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guys, you don't need beats headphones to enable beats audio.
The review on the Sensation XE Engadget did said that when you plug other headphones in, the Beats logo doesn't come up. WHen they reached out to Beats they were told the software assigns them a generic profile. So you don't really get the most out of it.

As far as the plug, it's probably more complicated than that. The plug is a 3.5mm with 4 contacts, just like you see on other headphones with inline controls/mic. More than likely, the software is looking for a certain resistance or impedance value. Where I used to work, some of the intercom systems had a setup where when you pressed the call button, it gave a dead short and the system recognized that as a normal call. When you pressed the emergency button, there was a resistor across the switch, so the system would see 150ohms and recognize that as an emergency call. I'm guessing the same thing is happening here.
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Can someone go try the Player Pro app and report back? Also download their additional DSP app that can run in conjuction with the player.
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I'm getting the beats icon with all of the headphones/speakers I plug in. It looks like as long as you use the built in music player, the beats "app" kicks in.
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I'm getting the beats icon with all of the headphones/speakers I plug in. It looks like as long as you use the built in music player, the beats "app" kicks in.

lol, I guess that's what we all get for not confirming initial reports from some poster that stated the Beats cues up the "special" beats equalizer. I just plugged in my S4s and I got the beats logo as well. Good find! I say we hunt down the guy that spread false info and E-beat him up!!!



As vzw posted, it's probably looking for a certain specification from the headphones. I'll try different "cheap" headphones to see if I get the same results.
 
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I played with the store display again today and plugged my old $10 Sony earbuds into the phone, Beats turned on with these with no problem and I could hear the difference once it activated.
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lol, I guess that's what we all get for not confirming initial reports from some poster that stated the Beats cues up the "special" beats equalizer. I just plugged in my S4s and I got the beats logo as well. Good find! I say we hunt down the guy that spread false info and E-beat him up!!!



As vzw posted, it's probably looking for a certain specification from the headphones. I'll try different "cheap" headphones to see if I get the same results.
Here ya go:

HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio, we go ears-on (video) -- Engadget

Edit: After reading it again, this says that the Beats processing should come up, but for now it's a generic profile unless it's the iBeats or Beats Solos (over the ears). But it did sound like they are working on tailored profiles for more earbuds, so we'll see. So I guess I was spreading the false info. In my defense it was 2 months ago, and I have trouble remembering what I did the day before sometimes.

I think where I got the no Beats icon coming up was on the video review that WorldofJohnboy did. But that may have been when he had it plugged into his desktop.

On a side note, I might try the old earbuds that came with my 3 year old ipod and see if it makes a difference.
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Today was the first day I tried playing the music in my car. I got stock speakers and I was amazed how much of a difference the Beats made, my car was shaking so much I thought a T-Rex was near by. I can only imagine what it would be like with a high-end sound system with a sub-woofer, as when I plugged my phone into my home theater system, it sounded awesome. I too have found that any AUX input will work with Beats as long as I use the HTC music app. I will be interested to see when HTC allows developers for music apps like Google Music, Pandora and iHeartRadio in on utilizing the Beats technology. I was thinking the Beats thing was just hype, but I'm rather impressed, although I'm sure tweaking with an equalizer could produce comparable results.

One thing I have found is that I have a set of ear buds that hang outside the ears and have a more rich sound when Beats is disabled, but they also have no bass in them anyway. Using any set of in-ear buds does produce a great sound with Beats enabled, with the supplied buds working the best. I haven't tried with an ear covering set, as I don't have a set.
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I wonder if VZW will require me to return headphones with the phone if I swap out for nexus...?
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I wonder if VZW will require me to return headphones with the phone if I swap out for nexus...?

Yes, or they'll charge you for them most likely. Considering they want over $100 for the regular versions, I don't expect Verizon to just give them away. You can always buy better quality for a cheaper price. Klipsch Image S4i In ear headphones headset with 3 button remote In line microphone One button answering iPod compatibility at Vanns.com


I bought my S4s there for under $50. Great set of earphones for the price.
 
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Klipsch actually has an Android specific model now. I believe It's S4a.
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Klipsch actually has an Android specific model now. I believe It's S4a.

Good info. Klipsch S4A in ear headphones headset with in line remote (S 4 A) at Vanns.com

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They sound better on the phone, but when you plug the Beats into a regular MP3 player, compared to my S4s, the bass was louder, but didn't seem as full. I think I'll keep em just for their novelty. One question I have is will other monster earphones work and can you fabricate a pair of earphones with a monster plug to engage the beats audio or is the programming somehow inside the headphones themselves?
I put top of the line Shure S510 earphones in and was completely unimpressed with the sound quality. iPod is much better.
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I'm getting the beats icon with all of the headphones/speakers I plug in. It looks like as long as you use the built in music player, the beats "app" kicks in.
Ah OK. I have to rescind my previous post. I used a different music player and didn't get the beats prompt.

UPDATE: I ran the stock player and didn't get the prompt for Beats. Hmmm. Maybe there's a setting in Settings? I'll have to poke around.
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I found this over on the HTC forums:

"So here's what is happening with the beats audio. Even though the HTC sensation was the first phone to sample this technology, HTC has actually released the developing API (Source Code) to integrate with new 3rd party apps. In other words, they are still working on it for us. We should see more support in the very near future."
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I was listening to Rezound over and over in order to solve a static noise issue earlier (please see other thread about that issue). Now I want to post something about its general audio quality.

I saw people saying Beat Audio/iBeat (alright, or iCrap:P) is for rap only, or Beat Audio only makes audio louder, or only amplifies bass sounds.

Not true imo.

Based on my testing, with beat mode on and off, with beat earphone or my other earphone (ultimate ears 700) (I used to have an er-4p, but I gave it to my record engineer friend when he broke his with a deadline to catch), my opinion is, Beat Audio does its job to minimize distortion across the spectrum.

The difference between Beat mode enabled or disabled is significant. And the difference between iBeat earphones and my ultimate ears 700 is not. (iBeat has its advantage in that, the audio output of Rezound is tuned based on this setting Beat Audio + iBeat)

In one line, Beat Audio mode in Rezound gives more detail of music, period.

Is it good enough to live up to the hype? I don't know. Maybe not yet, as least not until HTC releases Beat API so all apps can take advantage of Beat Audio. But, is it better than other non beat phone for now? Of course it is. (my previous phone is Nexus One).

I am not an audio expert by any means, but I just made this EXACT point in another thread here - the Beats doesnt just "pump up" the bass, it also makes ALL the music (and ANY kind) of music, sound so much CLEARER.
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I get the beats with ANY headphones, and also when using a $3 ebay cable to run to the AUX port in my car stereo...........
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I am not an audio expert by any means, but I just made this EXACT point in another thread here - the Beats doesnt just "pump up" the bass, it also makes ALL the music (and ANY kind) of music, sound so much CLEARER.
As true as this is, by and large a majority of people on the internet will NOT acknowledge this. The sad sheep mentality kicks in after a certain belief or phrase is out there. One person says beats just pumps up the bass and that's it, then a thousand people read it and repeat it then another thousand read what the other people said and repeat it and so on. In the end, we have thousands of people with opinions that aren't based on any hands on time with the product, just conjecture and "i heard this, so it's true". Once a person sees that alot of people say it, it becomes true in their mind. I mean...how can that many people be wrong right?!

I'm the 1% and i'm happy with beats audio lol
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Amazon.com: Klipsch Image X10 Noise-Isolating Earphone: Electronics

Klipsch Image X10's on sale for under $95.00 if anyone's interested.
 
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Just wish there was a way to use Beats with anything else, or even with the on board speaker. I know its new but was really hoping gmusic would work with beats. Dang impatience
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Well I can't get beats working with my Shure S510's. Can someone help? I've tried it with the stock music player and other players and I just don't get the status bar icon for it. Thank you.
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As true as this is, by and large a majority of people on the internet will NOT acknowledge this. The sad sheep mentality kicks in after a certain belief or phrase is out there. One person says beats just pumps up the bass and that's it, then a thousand people read it and repeat it then another thousand read what the other people said and repeat it and so on. In the end, we have thousands of people with opinions that aren't based on any hands on time with the product, just conjecture and "i heard this, so it's true". Once a person sees that alot of people say it, it becomes true in their mind. I mean...how can that many people be wrong right?!

I'm the 1% and i'm happy with beats audio lol

I have to admit that I was surprised by the added enhancement of the Beats program/earphone combination. It sounds like (no pun intended) they actually tailored the beats audio EQ setting to match the beats earphones. Like I said in another thread, the Beats earphones themselves sound louder on another MP3 player and the bass doesn't exactly sound full. While plugged into the Rezound, that lost bass is found and the rest of the frequency range sounds fuller.

Another perfect example of what you're describing is the whole "4G will drain your battery faster". As someone that's actually had to use his old Thunderbolt in mostly 3G while at home, I saw no change in battery life when I'd switch to 4G in a 4G rich area.

What I recall in the Thunderbolt forums, I mentioned how the Thunderbolt's battery doesn't last nearly as long as the iPhone 4's battery that I was using for work at the time. The apologists came out and were like, "Well the Apple doesn't have to contend with 4G!", and next thing you know that took off. "4G is a battery killer", which yes when you're downloading 10-20 times more data on the phone, it's going to kill your battery faster. But if you're just casually updating your facebook, or surfing the web then it's not going to be much of a factor (streaming data from those websites though, another story). I thought the threads in here were kind of funny, "How much faster will 4G kill my battery?" Based on the low volume of threads I'm seeing about poor battery life, I'd say it's safe to say that having 4G on your phone isn't necessarily the battery killer we think it is.
 
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What I recall in the Thunderbolt forums, I mentioned how the Thunderbolt's battery doesn't last nearly as long as the iPhone 4's battery that I was using for work at the time. The apologists came out and were like, "Well the Apple doesn't have to contend with 4G!", and next thing you know that took off. "4G is a battery killer", which yes when you're downloading 10-20 times more data on the phone, it's going to kill your battery faster. But if you're just casually updating your facebook, or surfing the web then it's not going to be much of a factor (streaming data from those websites though, another story). I thought the threads in here were kind of funny, "How much faster will 4G kill my battery?" Based on the low volume of threads I'm seeing about poor battery life, I'd say it's safe to say that having 4G on your phone isn't necessarily the battery killer we think it is.
Meh. Yes and no. Sometimes issues like this can be all about perception. I remember watching a psychological study on tv the other night where they were testing the impacts on the brain by KNOWING you're eating fast food vs anything else. They took their test subjects into a room and bought this taco dish from taco bell and made it look all fancy and when they served it to these people, said it was from a high end restaurant with "garden" in the title. They said they thought it tasted fresh and healthy and they'd guess the calories at only around 400.

Then, they give it to the other test group and ask their opinion on it telling them it's from taco bell. That test group has this disgusting look on their face as they talk about it and i'm paraphrasing here "it tastes like the kind of junk food you'd get at taco bell. I wouldn't eat this crap unless i was on the go and had no other choice". They guessed the calories at somewhere above a thousand and they were right.

They did the same test with food from kfc they had chefs prepare/change around to make it look all fancy and got the same results. People said it "tasted like it came from a high end restaurant
that they probably couldn't even afford. Haahaaa".

When perception is hindered by an idea in your head, a hugely negative one, it stops you from actually experiencing whats going on. You'd be surprised at the process of thinking for some people. There's no process of discovery or exploration. Just "i heard they were bad, so it must be true. I'm avoiding this crap". Personally, i don't believe it til i see it. Just like how i won't believe the nexus is anything to give a damn about until i hold it in my hand. Same with buying my last car. Drive it and find out.


When people say beats audio/free headphones are a gimmick i cringe. A gimmick is defined as "In marketing language, a gimmick is a unique or quirky special feature that makes something "stand out" from its contemporaries. However, the special feature is typically thought to be of little relevance or use.". This is a feature alot of people, including myself, love and use and find huge relevance in.

A front facing camera is far more of a gimmick considering how little people use them compared to using enhanced audio with a good set of earbuds
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I dunno, to me it's still a marketing gimmick but not in a derogatory way when I'm talking about the Rezound as an actual device. The Galaxy Nexus has ICS as its gimmick, will having ICS a few months before everyone else guarantee anything other than possible app compatibility issues, and how long before people claiming that they love having a "pure google experience" root their device? The Razr has its thin dimension and "Kevlar" back as its gimmick. Does a thinner phone really make it better, and can your Razr deflect bullets? I guess if you really want to put a label on these features, maybe you can call them novelties. I'd say ultimately it all depends on the end-user's perspective. As someone who went in with a very pessimistic attitude towards Beats, I'll have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by how well they sound in conjunction with the Beats equalizer setting on the phone. So much that I've found myself actually listening to more music on my phone in the 2 weeks of ownership than I have with the 7 months with my Thunderbolt. Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to go find some more bass-rich music to upload to my phone.
 
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"So here's what is happening with the beats audio. Even though the HTC sensation was the first phone to sample this technology, HTC has actually released the developing API (Source Code) to integrate with new 3rd party apps. In other words, they are still working on it for us. We should see more support in the very near future."
Thing is Beats feature is software and not hardware, so considering your preference of ear buds, seems adding artificial pronouncement of audio would be absolutely sacrilegious (as it should be).

Software enhancement? Best to trade them Shures in for some $15 Skullcandy buds

Just joking, but I am a picky bostard' with audio. I agree the iPod4 sounds a tad better, but the Rezound and Razr sound very good to me.

added: Doesn't the Rezound have direct access to the hardware EQ like the Razr and other recent devices? If so, should be able to Beat your own drum.
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Thing is Beats feature is software and not hardware, so considering your preference of ear buds, seems adding artificial pronouncement of audio would be absolutely sacrilegious (as it should be).

Software enhancement? Best to trade them Shures in for some $15 Skullcandy buds

Just joking, but I am a picky bostard' with audio. I agree the iPod4 sounds a tad better, but the Rezound and Razr sound very good to me.

added: Doesn't the Rezound have direct access to the hardware EQ like the Razr and other recent devices? If so, should be able to Beat your own drum.
Artificial pronouncement of audio is pretty much why when you go to a "popular" artist's concert they're lip syncing instead of actually singing. I personally don't think anyone can look down their noses at any "digital enhancement" device if the majority of your music consumption comes from an MP3 player or from an MP3 source. You do know that MP3 technology only pulls the frequencies someone has deemed are within a human's listening ability and then those frequencies are compressed until they're decoded right? If you have any parents/grandparents etc that have an old turntable with an actual diamond tipped needle, go listen to one of their better kept records and you'll probably be able to tell how much is actually stripped from a track when it's turned into an MP3 file. As it stands now, you're not even guaranteed a "pure" music experience when you go to listen to a mainstream performer in concert, which is kind of sad but rather typical of a system that puts profits ahead of anything including music.
 
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Txgoat is pretty freaking amazing at relaying every feeling i have about a certain topic in my brain, into a perfectly woven argument and posting it. Sometimes i almost think he's psychic and gets all his great posts from me In which case i say...stay away from those thoughts i had about that girl. That's not meant to be repeated

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Txgoat is pretty freaking amazing at relaying every feeling i have about a certain topic in my brain, into a perfectly woven argument and posting it. Sometimes i almost think he's psychic and gets all his great posts from me In which case i say...stay away from those thoughts i had about that girl. That's not meant to be repeated

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I have to admit, I snickered a bit at the thread with your quote below, but I'm guilty of thinking the same thing initially. Considering the earphones are provided with the phone for the same price they're selling the Razr, even if the Razr comes with some generic earphones, I think I'll take the beats over some no name generic earphones. Now I'm curious to know if the Beats installed on the TB and the beats earphones plugged in would sound the same as they sound on the Rezound. It's like one of those Daily Show segments where he busts Faux News for saying something one day and switching it the next day ;P One of my favorite segments of that show btw......

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Beats are a gimmick. It is all about the dac/chip used in the rezound. Beats are also over-priced. Buy a pair of monster turbines or a bassy headphone. Problem solved.
I agree. These free headphones included for free with the rezound are overpriced. Wtf is htc thinking? I wanted to pay a cheap price for these. Not get them for free. OVERPRICED
 
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Well I can't get beats working with my Shure S510's. Can someone help? I've tried it with the stock music player and other players and I just don't get the status bar icon for it. Thank you.
Anyone? Please? The only thing I haven't tried is using the Beats earplugs. I don't want to use them.
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How do you turn Beat mode on?
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They come on when you have most earphones plugged in (some people have reported that they don't come on with their earphones). Oh and you also have to use the standard "Music" app, not sure what other apps may utilize the Beats EQ setting. Plug in your earphones and play some music from the "Music" app. Turn beats on and off by going to your notifications and clicking "enable" "disable" next to the "Beats".
 
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Anyone? Please? The only thing I haven't tried is using the Beats earplugs. I don't want to use them.


Try them, just to make sure the Beats comes on, heck you might be surprised by them if you use the correct ear plug cushion. I had to go a size smaller...I can be quite the big butthole, but that doesn't translate to earhole sizes....
 
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They come on when you have most earphones plugged in (some people have reported that they don't come on with their earphones). Oh and you also have to use the standard "Music" app, not sure what other apps may utilize the Beats EQ setting. Plug in your earphones and play some music from the "Music" app. Turn beats on and off by going to your notifications and clicking "enable" "disable" next to the "Beats".
If some earbuds work and others don't, that might mean there is something with the plug or the impedance of the earbuds that triggers Beats mode. I'll try the buds that came with the phone when I get home tonight, but with my Shure buds and the stock music player, I definitely do not get anything in the Notifications pull-down bar about Beats.
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If some earbuds work and others don't, that might mean there is something with the plug or the impedance of the earbuds that triggers Beats mode. I'll try the buds that came with the phone when I get home tonight, but with my Shure buds and the stock music player, I definitely do not get anything in the Notifications pull-down bar about Beats.
That was Vzwuser's speculation is that it is the impedance that launches Beats. My Klipsch S4s launch the Beats EQ, but I'll admit that it sounds better with the Beats earphones than it does with the S4s, but the S4s also sound better on any other MP3 player than the Beats do. Give the beats a try (that sounded a little off didn't it?) and see if you think it sounds decent with them, but don't forget to try different sizes on the ear buds. That alone will make a big difference.
 
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Anyone know of a good quality over-the-ear headphones in the $100-$150 range that still works with this?
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Anyone know of a good quality over-the-ear headphones in the $100-$150 range that still works with this?

I'd say your best bet is to go with a Beats brand.



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Plugged in the Beats earbuds tonight, ran the stock Music player and still no Beats prompt. Is there perhaps some option I selected not to ever turn it on? If not, I guess it's back to the VZW store (or call to customer service) for my 1st Rezound issue.
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Plugged in the Beats earbuds tonight, ran the stock Music player and still no Beats prompt. Is there perhaps some option I selected not to ever turn it on? If not, I guess it's back to the VZW store (or call to customer service) for my 1st Rezound issue.

What's your phone's power setting set at? I saw something about Beats being disabled if you're in Economy mode. Play an MP3 in your "MUSIC" app on the phone, go to Settings>Sound Enhancer> Beats on/off
 
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What's your phone's power setting set at? I saw something about Beats being disabled if you're in Economy mode. Play an MP3 in your "MUSIC" app on the phone, go to Settings>Sound Enhancer> Beats on/off
There is no "Settings" in the music app, but I did figure out my problem. One has to PLAY A SONG before one gets the prompt for Beats audio. Everybody stop laughing now.

So NOW I plugged in my expensive Shure SE530s and NOW I can say that they sound much better than the Beats earbuds.

By the way, I can get the sound just as good, and more to MY liking, by using MixZing as the player and using its EQ.
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There is no "Settings" in the music app, but I did figure out my problem. One has to PLAY A SONG before one gets the prompt for Beats audio. Everybody stop laughing now.

So NOW I plugged in my expensive Shure S510s and NOW I can say that they sound much better than the Beats earbuds.

By the way, I can get the sound just as good, and more to MY liking, by using MixZing as the player and using its EQ.


Oh and before I forget, you have to have the phone turned ON.
 
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