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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by 3ricG, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. 3ricG

    3ricG Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Is there any way to boost the headphone output? At max volume it isn't loud enough to listen to music or video when I'm on the train.


  2. snoopy2699

    snoopy2699 Member

    Head phone amp maybe but you might have to have an outlet to power it. Maybe something to look into.
  3. shadowdude777

    shadowdude777 Android Expert

    First of all, what you probably didn't come here to hear: If you're using headphones past the max volume an Android device can put out, you're almost certainly damaging your ears. You really shouldn't do this.


    If you can afford it, it's smaller, better-built, better sound quality, and uses a built-in Li-Ion instead of a AAA, the Fiio E5 is good:

    Silver: Head-Direct.com | YUIN
    Black: Head-Direct.com | YUIN

    If you want a really good price on an amp, the Fiio E3 is pretty small too, but doesn't provide as good sound quality and uses a AAA. It's also plasticky, but super-cheap:

    Black: Head-Direct.com | YUIN

    Of course, these amps hardly do anything for your sound quality, they're really just a volume boost. But that's all you wanted. Again, I think this is a horrible idea health-wise, but I'm providing you with the answer you wanted anyway.
  4. Romikemi

    Romikemi Well-Known Member

    Just grab the music app PowerAmp and use the EQ preset to boost. If that's not enough, get noise cancelling headphones if you can't stand the ear canal insertion style headphones. I don't even use PowerAmp, and my headphones can damage my ears and drown out jet engines. I once used Etymotics and even though I generally shun Monster as bloat, the Beats Tour units are my main wired phones. I use Motorokr S9-HDs for wireless. I listen wirelessly over bluetooth about 10x as much as wired, but depending on the train's noise you most likely need to block out some of that noise to hear better.

    You can also open your music in any decent PC music app and get rid of any track leveling decibel adjustments iTunes might have slapped on your stuff. You only need to listen to the track in itunes once for its mp3 metadata to carry the wrath of steve. I use MediaMonkey.
  5. Bman123

    Bman123 Well-Known Member

    Past max volume is gonna hurt your ears, I say buy better ear buds or noise cancelling cans
  6. shadowdude777

    shadowdude777 Android Expert

    Etys are the best at isolation overall, but low-frequency noise like the sound trains make can still penetrate the seal that IEMs make in your ear canal. The only real way to combat this is active noise cancellation, which really sucks because it requires batteries and degrades sound quality. I personally hate active cancellation so much that I use IEMs (Head-Direct RE-ZERO) with foam eartips as a next-best.
  7. 3ricG

    3ricG Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I guess I should have explained this better. It is not loud at all. I usually listen to music/podcast at a reasonable volume. This, however, is extremely low. So low, that the speaker is louder then when headphones are plugged in at max volume.
  8. TxGoat

    TxGoat Guest

    I'm still a little confused with this explanation.

    I agree with the posts above, get some better noise canceling headphones. There are some good bud earphones that do a decent job of blocking out any outside noise. The only problem you may have with blocking out a lot of outside noise is if you listen for your stop or like to hear a little of your surroundings for safety's sake then you don't want to get something that will completely suppress the noise around you.
  9. shadowdude777

    shadowdude777 Android Expert

    If you mean that one audio file is particularly low, or one type of audio file is, you can mess around with its ReplayGain settings.

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