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[Q] Poor bluetooth audio quality when connected to Gear

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By oddbehreif, Senior Member on 31st August 2014, 08:44 PM
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Hey there,


I'm no audiophile - but this has been bugging me ever since I unboxed my Galaxy Gear and paired it with my Note 3.

I listen to music a lot on my phone using my bluetooth headphones. I noticed that whenever my Gear is connected, bluetooth audio quality suffers a lot - it feels like the bitrate is cut in half or something (shouldn't be necessary, I know BT 4.0 has much more bandwidth than SBC encoded music requires). Highs crackle and feel tinny, and the lows become shallow.

Is there a way to remedy this? I'd hate to have to disconnect my Gear everytime I want to listen to music, which is what I've been doing for the last eight and a half months. Custom ROMs don't help, and it doesn't seem to matter either whether my Gear runs Tizen or Android.

Thanks in advance, I'm psyched to try anything anyone has to offer.

-odd


PS. Even if you can't offer a solution, if you've noticed the same thing please reply to this thread so I know I'm not insane or anything. Thanks
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3rd September 2014, 10:11 PM |#2  
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Hey there,


I'm no audiophile - but this has been bugging me ever since I unboxed my Galaxy Gear and paired it with my Note 3.

I listen to music a lot on my phone using my bluetooth headphones. I noticed that whenever my Gear is connected, bluetooth audio quality suffers a lot - it feels like the bitrate is cut in half or something (shouldn't be necessary, I know BT 4.0 has much more bandwidth than SBC encoded music requires). Highs crackle and feel tinny, and the lows become shallow.

Is there a way to remedy this? I'd hate to have to disconnect my Gear everytime I want to listen to music, which is what I've been doing for the last eight and a half months. Custom ROMs don't help, and it doesn't seem to matter either whether my Gear runs Tizen or Android.

Thanks in advance, I'm psyched to try anything anyone has to offer.

-odd


PS. Even if you can't offer a solution, if you've noticed the same thing please reply to this thread so I know I'm not insane or anything. Thanks

Same thing on my Xperia Z2.. Try Google bluedroid android Bluetooth stack..
6th September 2014, 04:56 AM |#3  
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Same thing on my Xperia Z2.. Try Google bluedroid android Bluetooth stack..

Thanks for the suggestion.

CSR diagnostics revealed that bitpool was indeed dropped from 52 to 35 whenever Gear was connected, however this problem counts as solved because I actually managed to enable the hidden aptX support in my headphones, so low bitpool is no longer an issue.

In short: Stop using SBC and the problem will go away.
24th September 2014, 10:09 PM |#4  
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I don't know how you do that. I got the same issue with my gear and galaxy s5 paired with my sol republic track air. those headphone are supposed to use aptx but my music still suffer a lot when connected to Gear

Sent from my Galaxy S5
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I don't know how you do that. I got the same issue with my gear and galaxy s5 paired with my sol republic track air. those headphone are supposed to use aptx but my music still suffer a lot when connected to Gear

Sent from my Galaxy S5

Yes, same thing here. This really grinds my gear(s).

But seriously, I am quite angry about this.
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Yes, same thing here. This really grinds my gear(s).

But seriously, I am quite angry about this.

I got the gear as a gift and I didnt use it anymore ... my music is more important that a watch ....
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