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Support Music Volume Lowered/Limited In 1.6?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Xenon, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Xenon

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    I've noticed today that on 1.6 I need to turn up the volume more
    in order to have the music be as loud as on 1.5. Is this my subjective
    impression or has anyone else noticed?
     

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    i hope not lol, im on 1.5 and i play my music mostly on max volume :eek:
    if i went to 1.6 by your report it wouldnt do for me :(
     
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    yea. even i have noticed that JB2 plays lower volume compared to IK5.
     
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    Yes !!!!
    It's been a few days I wanted to ask same question, as I have the same impression.

    I used to hear spotify at 1 click before reach max volume (with headphones)
    Right now, I'm hearing it always at max, and I have the impression I'd need 2 clicks more to reach same level I had in 1.5 (specially in a noisy environment as the street).

    I thought it was just me, as no one said anything about it at the forum.
    But I confirm you the volum is lower in 1.6. It's not only you Xenon

    I've run some tests with other apps as Meridian player and different sources, with same results.
     
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    Jesus, its bloody quiet on 1.5 as it is :(
     
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    The European Commission (who else?) has some regulations on sound levels
    in portable music players. I wonder if this change has anything to do with that.
     
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    I agree that sound level in 1.6 is lower than on 1.5... Doubt it was european commision thats responsible for it tho, it's probably just damn samsung programmers :p
     
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    I noticed it as well. Thought maybe I was just getting old.
     
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    My 1.6 is perfectly capable of producing damaging volume levels on my skullcandy titan's.
     
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    me too noticed very low sound volume for music player. but what's worse yesterday i was driving and put my phone on loudspeaker, and damn i had to keep it to my ear to hear what the person was saying :( on ik5 i had alot better volume and i could leave the phone on the seat and talk easily.
    i'm glad someone asked this question as i wanted to ask myself :) just thought i'll make some more test before i can prove i wasn't going def :)
     
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    for me it was very very noticeably quieter in Spotify since upgrading to 1.6 and assumed it was a new 1.6-specific version of the app. the stock app seemed alright to me but i've only used it once since so it's perfectly possible that's quiet too and it's system-wide. :(

    if so i hope it can be fixed! you have to have it up to 11 on the tube, partly because it's tradition and partly because the trains are so loud!

    besides, the gods of heavy metal "said to play it louder than hell, and we promised that we would!". hope somebody gets that song reference :-/
     
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    At 16 Ohms of impedance, I would expect that is true for your phones.
     
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    I realised the same thing yesterday. I was shocked and return to 1.5. It has much better sound quality and volume.
     
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    does anybody know if there's anything that can be done to fix it? i'm guessing there isn't :(
     
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    You can check /etc/AudioFilter.txt

    Try pushing one from an older firmware, or comparing the files. That can increase the volume for sure.

    Also check AudioVolume.txt which may work better.
     
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    I noticed this too. It surely affects the Alarm clock.

    If anyone finds a AudioFilter.txt that works better for them, please upload it somewhere, I'm sure it will help many of us.
     
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    Here is the one from 1.5: AudioFilter.txt

    To install:
    1. put AudioFilter.txt in tools directory, where ADB is.
    2. write in cmd:
    adb pull /etc/AudioFilter.txt AudioFilter.backup.txt
    adb remount
    adb push AudioFilter.txt /etc/AudioFilter.txt
    3. restart phone

    I don't know if it makes the sound louder or not... I tried it but I cannot say. Can anyone confirm? Maybe someone can record the phone before/after and then compare?
     
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    Try to compare AudioVolume on old 1.5 build vs the 1.6 build.
     
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    The files are binary identical (in other words there is no difference from 1.6 AudioFilter.txt and the old 1.5 AudioFilter.txt) - so the problem is not in this file.
     
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    Just for completeness i'll repeat what i told you in IRC about that question :)

    Although the problem may not be in those files, you _can_ use those files to increase volumne. So its anoying its not simple to 'undo' what they did, but at least we have a work around.
     
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    Better is an enemy of something good...

    That's what I can say after 'upgrading' to 1.6 from IK5... battery time lower by 30%, sound volume lower (I'm missing phone calls all the time), phone seems snappier only some short time after reboot, after that starts to be laggy... ehhh, but I hope there's a space and time for improvement.
     
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    This volume bug is starting to p*ss me off. Anyone know of a solution that does not require rooting the phone?
     
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    I too noticed that 1.6 had its peak volume reduced
    i used Total Video Converter
    There is a option to increase the Volume of the Mp3 file Encoded under the Settings
    The Re-encoded files were loud enough for me.....
     
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    If u like the music u listen, never do that. Converter converts already converted music file, meaning, it makes bad things even worse. If u like listen it loud OK but it's bad for the quality of mp3 fileat the end. Already encoded mp3 file must be decoded, amplified and than encoded again... you get loudness but u loose quality.

    At the end this is not the solution for calls, messages, etc.? Volume that up if u can ;).

    BR
     

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