Distorted Sound through headphone jackSupport


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  1. NoSenseWorrying

    NoSenseWorrying Well-Known Member

    Whenever I output music through the headphone jack (either to my computer or my car stereo) it gets really distorted if I set the media volume on the headset to anything above 50%.

    Sometimes I get popping sounds as well. However, if I set the media volume to about 50% or lower, the sound is perfectly clear -- I just have to crank up the volume on my stereo to be able to here it.

    Is anyone else experiencing this?

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  2. gonzoguy24

    gonzoguy24 Well-Known Member

    I am having this problem at times too...i just get the popping noise...but it is only sometimes...I think it depends on the quality of the mp3 but i have not spent too much time investigating this.

    I have noticed slacker music quality has been very poor too.

    I am interested to see what others say
  3. NoSenseWorrying

    NoSenseWorrying Well-Known Member

    Interesting. I noticed inconsistency as well. On the way home from work today it sounded fine. If I have time tomorrow ill do some more testing. But I'd definitely like to hear what everyone has to say.
  4. eL777

    eL777 Well-Known Member

    I had this issue as well and thought something was wrong with my phone but after extensive testing it seems pandora is giving me that popping sound when my media volume is turned up really high. It helps to lower the media volume and turn up the car stereo volume. I have done comparisons of a downloaded song and the same song on pandora. I get the popping sound when the media volume is at max on pandora but not with the downloaded song (both being the same song)... so I think it's pandora giving out poor quality? thoughts?
  5. shaggymatt

    shaggymatt Well-Known Member

    I haven't noticed anything worse than what I had when listening on my BB Storm. I'm using a $250 pair of ear buds which are amazing.

    With that said, Pandora released an update last night. I'm not at work yet so I haven't plugged in to see what the changes were. You might want to check out that update to see if it improved for you.

    They've also really got to compress the audio to get a solid stream down to your device, so I wouldn't expect CD quality!
  6. johninbigd

    johninbigd Well-Known Member

    The Droid has a pretty "hot" headphone output from what I can tell. You will get crackling if the output is greater than the input on your radio is designed to handle.
  7. eL777

    eL777 Well-Known Member

    Think I found the solution, at least for me anyway. I noticed in imeem mobile and any downloaded songs I got no crackling so this led me to believe it was pandora. Well after looking more into pandora's settings there is a setting that you can change in the preferences menu for the audio quality and default is "normal." Sooo I changed it to "high" and so far no more crackles :)
  8. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser VIP Member

    Yeah, this was the first thing I did when I installed Pandora. I knew about this setting from my Blackberry.

    Unfortunately, Slacker has no such setting, and as of now, it is unbearable to listen to.

    Last.FM seems to work fine.

    And of course, the built in MP3 player, as well as TuneWiki work just fine (all my MP3s are 192kbps or higher though).

    And I have noticed that the headphone jack is pretty "hot" I usually turn it up to 2 notches below highest, and crank my car stereo :D

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