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Earphone sound quality

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By Not The Flong, Junior Member on 25th April 2014, 06:31 PM
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Well after Sony & Handtec completly screwed everything up I purchased the Z2 off CPW with next day delivey,
I'm not impressed with the sound quality with the earphones. I've tried 3 different quality headsets and the bundled set with the phone.
unimpressive I'm afraid.
 
 
25th April 2014, 06:55 PM |#2  
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Did you try the Sony MDR-NC13EM Digital Noise Cancelling Headset?
25th April 2014, 07:04 PM |#3  
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That's the bundled headset
25th April 2014, 07:16 PM |#4  
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That's the bundled headset

No it depends, in the UK, if you pre-ordered the phone you get the active noise cancelling earphones MDR-NC31EM otherwise you just get a standard pair of earphones.

Do yours look like this? (Make note of how many contact points there are on the plug)
25th April 2014, 08:21 PM |#5  
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Even in UK I think you can get z2 without MDR-NC13EM. OP should check the model number listed on the little tag attached to the headset wire.

I highly doubt anyone would be disappointed with MDR-NC13EM. I understand sound quality is a highly subjective matter but I still think z2 with MDR-NC13EM is the best you can get from a smartphone compared to other OEM headsets.
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I found the sound awful. The "bass" simply lowered the voice and other instrumental features of a song to make the foreground bass sound bassier. When the bass parts of the song speed the voice would then become loud again.

It made some songs almost inaudible.

Tried my earphones (which I had great quality with my previous phone) and the ones that came pre bundled and both sounded the same.

Also couldn't figure out where the noise cancelling was as they where no different to my standard ear phones in terms of noise cancellation.

Gone to the s5 now and the sound was far superior before root, let alone after!

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26th April 2014, 12:20 AM |#7  
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Sony's bass is usually realistic. It's not meant to be thumping like beats. It's usually a nice rounded sound. I haven't got mine yet so I can't comment too much.

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26th April 2014, 05:48 AM |#8  
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Errm what?

These are THE BEST earphones ever on an Android device!

Here's a review of the earphones only :

http://www.digitalversus.com/headpho...ne-n33617.html
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I found the sound awful. The "bass" simply lowered the voice and other instrumental features of a song to make the foreground bass sound bassier. When the bass parts of the song speed the voice would then become loud again.

It made some songs almost inaudible.

Tried my earphones (which I had great quality with my previous phone) and the ones that came pre bundled and both sounded the same.

Also couldn't figure out where the noise cancelling was as they where no different to my standard ear phones in terms of noise cancellation.

Gone to the s5 now and the sound was far superior before root, let alone after!

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Sounds like you've had normalisation enabled which levels the audio to the same volume - this can have a negative effect on the audio quality overall regardless of what device and headset you're using so this setting should only be active if you're in a situation where you need it (can't think of a reason you'd need it and I'd recommend leaving this setting off).

As for the active noise-cancelling, to ensure noise cancelling is active, first you have to set accessories in the sound settings to "Noise-cancelling headset", then after you've plugged in the headset, additional options should be displayed in the "Sound effects" menu where you can set when the noise cancelling is in effect and the appropriate environment you're in. You should also notice an icon that gets displayed in the notification bar to show that it is active.

You also have to remember that the active-noise cancelling isn't performed on any headset, you can't just plug in a standard 3-pole headset and expect there to be the active noise-cancelling it doesn't work like that.
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Sounds like you've had normalisation enabled which levels the audio to the same volume - this can have a negative effect on the audio quality overall regardless of what device and headset you're using so this setting should only be active if you're in a situation where you need it (can't think of a reason you'd need it and I'd recommend leaving this setting off).

As for the active noise-cancelling, to ensure noise cancelling is active, first you have to set accessories in the sound settings to "Noise-cancelling headset", then after you've plugged in the headset, additional options should be displayed in the "Sound effects" menu where you can set when the noise cancelling is in effect and the appropriate environment you're in. You should also notice an icon that gets displayed in the notification bar to show that it is active.

You also have to remember that the active-noise cancelling isn't performed on any headset, you can't just plug in a standard 3-pole headset and expect there to be the active noise-cancelling it doesn't work like that.



As I've explained, how you've described what you've done suggests that your opinion while valid has been used for the wrong reasons and when users who have read your opinion which is a stark contrast to the majority, there is no wonder that there's a backlash.

My opinion is that you're biased and incapable of understanding how to operate the technology in your hand thus in-turn creating a false or rather poor outcome to your experiences.

Well that was a bit more constrictive!

I'm not biased at all though, I played around with the settings in various dodgem ways and could never reach ample sound output.

To suggest I am unable to operate the technology is a huge statement with no substance to back it up and again quite rude. You don't know my capabilities and so shouldn't assume I'm wrong and don't know how to handle the tech.

Instead give feedback like you did and then ASK politely if I had tried what you suggested instead of assuming the negative.


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