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Old March 22nd, 2011, 01:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Music quality on Atrix, what do you think?

A lot of people say it sucks, but I can't see any difference at all from the sound quality of my old iPhone 4.

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Sounds fine for a cell phone.
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Good enough for me to not worry about it or consider it a con of the phone, I'll just use my Zune for music though.
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I think it's great. Of course, I'm not an audiophile so I don't have requirements other than it be loud and clear.

There are some audio effects and equalizer access that provide pleasant sounds. I have no issues with the audio on this phone.
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I actually use this phone as my mp3 player now and leave my iPod classic in the car. I have decent requirements and don't mind the sound quality. I have heard distortion but only on certain songs and over 12/15 volume. I listen at least 5 hours a day.
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I thought it was meh except plugged in via 3.5 mm jack in my car. Sounded real nice and nice EQ options also. The phone itself is meh, never tried earbuds though.
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have any of you owned a galaxy s phone? i use that as my mp3 player most of the time, though i use my zune alot too. is it as good as the galaxy s player?
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Seems fine to me. I mean come on it's a phone, its not a Bose stereo.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 08:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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have any of you owned a galaxy s phone? i use that as my mp3 player most of the time, though i use my zune alot too. is it as good as the galaxy s player?
Yes, I had the Captivate. I think it's as good or better.
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I listened to pandora, in the store and it sounded crispt and clear, even with all the noise at half volume. There wasn't a lot of base, but I didn't try adjusting the equilizers either. The difference will be how it sounds when hooked up to head phones, stereo sourround sound and car speakers. When I purchase mine, I will be using it for all three.
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Sounds fine to me. I'm a bit of an audiophile, and I actually think the Atrix outputs at a higher voltage than the iPhone 4 (xxmW output). I've noticed less distortion actually at higher volumes, as well as slightly crisper/uncompressed sound quality.

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No complaints so far, just maybe the battery. The iPhone used to go on forever playing music, the Atrix doesn't seem to do so.
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The sound quality is clear and crisp to me The speaker is awsome listening to music.
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I listened to pandora, in the store and it sounded crispt and clear, even with all the noise at half volume. There wasn't a lot of base, but I didn't try adjusting the equilizers either. The difference will be how it sounds when hooked up to head phones, stereo sourround sound and car speakers. When I purchase mine, I will be using it for all three.
Okay, so I've had a chance to really test out the sound quality on my Atrix. It sounds great, both thru the speaker, head phones and external speakers. I didn't hear any distortions with the volume all the way up. I did notice that if you place the phone on its back, the sound does sound distorted. So, I lay mine on its face, . I listen to PowerAmp (Paid version), iheart radio and Pandora. (All apps sound really well.) I really like the equalizer setting for both the head phones and external speaker.
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Check out GSM Arena's thoughts on the Atrix sound quality. (at the bottom of that link)

Motorola Atrix 4G review: Enter the Atrix - GSMArena.com

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That's why you would be better off lowering the volume a couple of steps down - you will be enjoying some of the cleanest output we have ever seen. The Atrix 4G won't be one of the loudest devices around, but it scored greatly in every part of our test.
I've always thought it sounded legit myself but GSM's test confirmed it.
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Sounds much better then my iPhone 3G. It's nice and loud too and I can listen to music while I take a shower and hear it clearly.
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Just tested it against the nexus one. Was very impressed by the Atrix sound quality (I am talking about using headsets)
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Sound quality is great. Especially through the speaker compared to other phones.
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Seems fine to me. I mean come on it's a phone, its not a Bose stereo.
if Bose is your standard you should think the phone sound quality is amazing. I consider Bose junk, expensive junk though. my home theater costs more than Bose but i could give ya a list of at lest 10 brands off the top of my head that are better.... and cheaper.
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if Bose is your standard you should think the phone sound quality is amazing. I consider Bose junk, expensive junk though. my home theater costs more than Bose but i could give ya a list of at lest 10 brands off the top of my head that are better.... and cheaper.
What he said. As far as sound from the speaker, you'll get what you get, don't expect much. Sound via headphones will really only vary phone-to-phone with output power, and different headphones require different amounts of power, so efficiency of headphones is just as important. What takes the cake on this phone- HDMI output to my TV, and fiber optic audio out of my TV to my preamp. Can't do much to change the 1s and 0s of digital.

When I get the car dock up and running I will get a sense of the audio interface with the car system. I hope the USB connection will work and stream digital rather than 3.5mm analog connection. Bluetooth audio sounded decent.
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I use mine in the car with a 3.5mm audio to Auxiliary jack, good aftermarket Kenwood stereo, a year old Alpine PDX 5 channel amp (sick),4 Alpine S speakers and a 12" alpine sub and it sounds great. Was using an old ipod before and tho the ipod seemed to be a little bit louder the quality is the same. When I say louder I mean when it's turned all the way up and I'm hurting my ears.

FWIW I use Poweramp as an mp3 player which has an eq and preamp but I leave that stuff off and use the car stereo for those adjustments. Tho I could make it louder if I tweaked it. It will probably start to distort if I do too much.

I also use Acast and Rdio alot and the quality on that is good too.

No complaints over using an ipod or ipad as music player.
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Just FYI - I have the Atrix 2 and the sound quality output from the headphone jack is very sub-par compared to the iPhone/pod.

There are just plain out frequency ranges that are cut off completely -woulnd't take a good ear to hear it. Very disappointed!

(*EDIT - I disabled all the 3d sounds and it sounds fine)
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It sounds good thru the speaker and head phones. I play my music thru the cars aux port and thru my home surround sound system.
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have any of you owned a galaxy s phone? i use that as my mp3 player most of the time, though i use my zune alot too. is it as good as the galaxy s player?
Atrix 4G owns Galaxy S in music player.
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if Bose is your standard you should think the phone sound quality is amazing. I consider Bose junk, expensive junk though. my home theater costs more than Bose but i could give ya a list of at lest 10 brands off the top of my head that are better.... and cheaper.

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I use PowerAmp as my player. While I dont think the sound is that great through my Motorola S10 HD bluetooth headset, through an old pair of Sony MDR V2 wired headphones it to me is pretty good. through an external system it is good as well. PowerAmp is much more configurable than the stock Gingerbread music player with the graphic EQ. I think tha Atrix is a lot better than any other mobile devie I have ever used
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I use PowerAmp as my player. While I dont think the sound is that great through my Motorola S10 HD bluetooth headset, through an old pair of Sony MDR V2 wired headphones it to me is pretty good. through an external system it is good as well. PowerAmp is much more configurable than the stock Gingerbread music player with the graphic EQ. I think tha Atrix is a lot better than any other mobile devie I have ever used
The new/revised version of PowerAmp did something to the volume of the Atrix. At 50% of the volume and I could barely hear the music Before, 10% of the volume was audible.
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in PowerAmp under the Equalizer tab I enable the EQ and set the tone configuration I want. If you notice the far left control on the equalizer is preamp. You can adjust this to make up for any volume deficits that you have. With my EQ enabled, I run the preamp control up to about 75%. That gives me adequate listening room when I want to really "punch" things with the normal volume control on the side of the phone. Incautious adjustment has been known to cause nose bleeds, crossed eyes, hives, chills, sweating, sleeplessness, twitching and occasionally, glossolalia (see Chomskys' work on ancient languages specifically relating to Sumeria). Seriously though you need to be careful with the preamp control because you can really whack your ears.

I like Poweramp because of its flexibility and power. I hope this helps you. I also am pretty sure that the EQ has to be enabled for preamp to function. You also notice that there is yet another volume control in poweramp as well. Hope this helps.

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in PowerAmp under the Equalizer tab I enable the EQ and set the tone configuration I want. If you notice the far left control on the equalizer is preamp. You can adjust this to make up for any volume deficits that you have. With my EQ enabled, I run the preamp control up to about 75%. That gives me adequate listening room when I want to really "punch" things with the normal volume control on the side of the phone. Incautious adjustment has been known to cause nose bleeds, crossed eyes, hives, chills, sweating, sleeplessness, twitching and occasionally, glossolalia (see Chomskys' work on ancient languages specifically relating to Sumeria). Seriously though you need to be careful with the preamp control because you can really whack your ears.

I like Poweramp because of its flexibility and power. I hope this helps you. I also am pretty sure that the EQ has to be enabled for preamp to function. You also notice that there is yet another volume control in poweramp as well. Hope this helps.

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Thanks Carr I have simply increased all of the equalizer settings and that seems to have helped. I usually don't touch the equalizer as I don't really understand how it works. Volume is much better now. I will make sure to stay away from setting the volume too loud. I don't want nose bleeds, crossed eyes, hives, chills, sweating, sleeplessness, twitching and occasionally, glossolalia.
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Glossolalia really scares neighbors and cats.......... Particularly when combined with thrashing. Equalizer is like a tone control -- the way I use it.....and to make up for deficiencies in the low frequency bass response of a lot of earbuds. PowerAmp can be set to remember your equalizer preferences for each song and return to them when that song is played. I bought the unlock key because I really like what the devs did with the application. Another reason I (mostly) like Android . It has the most vibrant developer community I have ever seen.

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Take things literal much?
The point I think he was trying to make is, people should stop referencing BOSE as a high standard of audio output...
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