[Q] Sound distortion issues with certain headphone types in T-mobile Galaxy S4!
Hi! I am new to xda forums and require some advanced help for my T-mobile Galaxy S4. I am sure this must have been brought up previously as there is a completely other thread for this issue regarding sound distortion when using non-Samsung headphones. (See: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2258831
The issue is affecting almost all variants of the Galaxy S4 where there is some sort of problem with lower impedance headphones. At higher volumes, crackling and distortion of sound and bass become almost unbearable. However, this issue does NOT affect the regular in-box Samsung headphones, as well as other lower quality headphones. The higher-end, audiophile headphones are usually the ones affected. I have a pair of Klipsch S4a headphones designed specifically for android phones, and it is impossible to listen to music with them. When I use the regular headphones in the S4 box, they work fine without any problem. Interestingly enough, my Klipsch headphones work perfectly in my old Galaxy S3, as well as my HTC phones. So this is obviously a problem with Galaxy S4 only. I even plugged in my headphones into several working models at T-mobile store/Costco and all had the same problem. But my headphones sounded perfectly fine in other devices.
Now if you have clicked the above link that talks about the issue, it seems that international S4's and GT-I9505/GH-I337 phones got the fix several weeks ago via an update from Samsung that changed their kernel versions. AT&T also received an OTA android update that fixed the audio headphones issue earlier this month (http://www.christianpost.com/news/ga...-issue-101838/
. Now the problem is, is that both T-mobile and Samsung refuse to acknowledge this issue. I have tried contacting tech support for both several time, with T-mobile saying they are unaware of the issue and no update is to be released for it, and Samsung simply saying "we recommend using your Samsung headphones that came with the device". Unbelievable considering there are official fixes for this that have gone to International users and North American AT&T users. I don't know what to do. I am guessing 99% of T-mobile users just use the headphones in the box so T-mobile/Samsung don't really care to address this issue. I am a part-time music producer and can't use my my high-end headphones on my S4 and it is really disappointing that it can't handle such a basic task. I don't want to have to root my phone because I use Wi-Fi calling and NFC very frequently and usually they are disabled in rooted versions. If anyone has a fix for this it would be much appreciated. I am a noob here at these forums so please explain any solutions step-wise for better understanding - thanks.