There's no hissing or distortion, it's just flat. The bass doesn't pound at all. On my computer with my gaming headphones (not even expensive ones) music roars at my very soul. On my Note, it's just ho hum. First I thought it was my headphones so I bought some better ones. Not fantastic but the most popular headphones on Amazon. There was an improvement over the garbage I was using but still no major improvement. So I bought even better headphones. No difference. Then I messed with the equalizer in Play Music. This was a vast improvement but it was inconsistent from song to song. Some songs blared too loud, others didn't change much at all. So then I tried another music player. No difference. Any suggestions?