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[GUIDE] Fix front speaker distortion in Pixel 2 XL (no root)

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RealCaracas

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Jan 13, 2013
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Hello my friends!!

I actually found a way to fix front speaker distortion without root.

1) Disable Google's MusixFx App (com.android.musicfx)
2) Install an equalizer app (In my case i used Equalizer FX. Pro Free version)
3) Open the app (if you haven't disabled yet Google's MusicFx app, it will told you to do so)
4) Depending on how is affected your speaker because the bad mounting (Google's fault) you will have to play lowering the frequencies. In my case I only needed to lower 910Hz to -7db
5) No more distortion!!!....

The only down side it's that you will get a less louder speaker, but 100% enjoyable sound!

I had to return 4 devices until I decided to find a way to "fix it" without rooting... I think Google was already trying to fix it because MusicFX app was updated in latest February update. Let's see if they officially release a fix. I think I will ask for RMA again anyway...
 
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ridenickel9

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Oct 30, 2012
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Google Pixel 2 XL
I will try this! My RMA has the same distortion, especially during a video call. I was debating doing another RMA, but the screen seems good so I am not so pressed to do so. Thanks for the info!
 

RealCaracas

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Jan 13, 2013
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Madrid
I will try this! My RMA has the same distortion, especially during a video call. I was debating doing another RMA, but the screen seems good so I am not so pressed to do so. Thanks for the info!

Hello!!... It works... But sometimes the equalizer stops working and I have to uninstall and install again... Maybe someone could find a better Equalizer app.

I did also wrote Google about this... They told me to wait and to be patient ... Because they are working "day by day" to solve this issue... That I will receive a notification when the fix is ready... Let's see... If not I will have to do RMA again...
 

ridenickel9

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Oct 30, 2012
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Google Pixel 2 XL
Hello!!... It works... But sometimes the equalizer stops working and I have to uninstall and install again... Maybe someone could find a better Equalizer app.

I did also wrote Google about this... They told me to wait and to be patient ... Because they are working "day by day" to solve this issue... That I will receive a notification when the fix is ready... Let's see... If not I will have to do RMA again...

Keep me posted please! I'm in the same boat, I was debating contacting them, but now I won't as I know I'll get the same canned message. The USB C adapter quality sucks too, I use an AuX cable in my VW and man distortion, no sound, feedback at times unsure if you guys have any issues there too?
 

RealCaracas

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Jan 13, 2013
195
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Madrid
Keep me posted please! I'm in the same boat, I was debating contacting them, but now I won't as I know I'll get the same canned message. The USB C adapter quality sucks too, I use an AuX cable in my VW and man distortion, no sound, feedback at times unsure if you guys have any issues there too?

I have used the USB C adapter with headphones without problem (for now at least)...

If I receive any message from Google I'll update this post.
 
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devlamania

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The only thing I'm doing to keep the distortion at bay is by pushing the speaker grills slightly every now and then with my nails. That seems to be working. Nonetheless, these speaker combination is still better than bottom speakers. I'm enjoying way more content than I used to with my OnePlus 3T. Myy wife's OnePlus 5T speakers are louder, but still this one experiences better for me. I hope Google made them right !! But what can we do, they took a greedy mofo for CEO.
 

jounes

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Hello my friends!!

I actually found a way to fix front speaker distortion without root.

1) Disable Google's MusixFx App (com.android.musicfx)
2) Install an equalizer app (In my case i used Equalizer FX. Pro Free version)
3) Open the app (if you haven't disabled yet Google's MusicFx app, it will told you to do so)
4) Depending on how is affected your speaker because the bad mounting (Google's fault) you will have to play lowering the frequencies. In my case I only needed to lower 910Hz to -7db
5) No more distortion!!!....

The only down side it's that you will get a less louder speaker, but 100% enjoyable sound!

I had to return 4 devices until I decided to find a way to "fix it" without rooting... I think Google was already trying to fix it because MusicFX app was updated in latest February update. Let's see if they officially release a fix. I think I will ask for RMA again anyway...
This is the solution please dude try to share it with others that they dont know how to fix it. thanks
 
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spidernage

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the best post I've seen, I had not noticed until I made the change although I notice it even if I disable the google one thanksss (You can also increase the volume from the same application and the result is maintained)
 
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Miryu

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Jun 19, 2012
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The difference in audio quality is really noticeable.. But doesn't seem to work on apps like youtube (Vanced)... Does this only work for dedicated music apps? Works flawlessly on Spotify but would love it to work at least for YouTube...
 

zombolt

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Mar 29, 2011
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Hello my friends!!

I actually found a way to fix front speaker distortion without root.

1) Disable Google's MusixFx App (com.android.musicfx)
2) Install an equalizer app (In my case i used Equalizer FX. Pro Free version)
3) Open the app (if you haven't disabled yet Google's MusicFx app, it will told you to do so)
4) Depending on how is affected your speaker because the bad mounting (Google's fault) you will have to play lowering the frequencies. In my case I only needed to lower 910Hz to -7db
5) No more distortion!!!....

The only down side it's that you will get a less louder speaker, but 100% enjoyable sound!

I had to return 4 devices until I decided to find a way to "fix it" without rooting... I think Google was already trying to fix it because MusicFX app was updated in latest February update. Let's see if they officially release a fix. I think I will ask for RMA again anyway...
How do I disable the app? It's not in the settings menu.

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Ciresamor

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My sound quality dropped massively from one day to the next. Does anyone know if this has been an issue on the 3XL lately?

I wanted to try this did but I couldn't find the MusicFX app.
 

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    Hello my friends!!

    I actually found a way to fix front speaker distortion without root.

    1) Disable Google's MusixFx App (com.android.musicfx)
    2) Install an equalizer app (In my case i used Equalizer FX. Pro Free version)
    3) Open the app (if you haven't disabled yet Google's MusicFx app, it will told you to do so)
    4) Depending on how is affected your speaker because the bad mounting (Google's fault) you will have to play lowering the frequencies. In my case I only needed to lower 910Hz to -7db
    5) No more distortion!!!....

    The only down side it's that you will get a less louder speaker, but 100% enjoyable sound!

    I had to return 4 devices until I decided to find a way to "fix it" without rooting... I think Google was already trying to fix it because MusicFX app was updated in latest February update. Let's see if they officially release a fix. I think I will ask for RMA again anyway...
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    Hello my friends!!

    I actually found a way to fix front speaker distortion without root.

    1) Disable Google's MusixFx App (com.android.musicfx)
    2) Install an equalizer app (In my case i used Equalizer FX. Pro Free version)
    3) Open the app (if you haven't disabled yet Google's MusicFx app, it will told you to do so)
    4) Depending on how is affected your speaker because the bad mounting (Google's fault) you will have to play lowering the frequencies. In my case I only needed to lower 910Hz to -7db
    5) No more distortion!!!....

    The only down side it's that you will get a less louder speaker, but 100% enjoyable sound!

    I had to return 4 devices until I decided to find a way to "fix it" without rooting... I think Google was already trying to fix it because MusicFX app was updated in latest February update. Let's see if they officially release a fix. I think I will ask for RMA again anyway...
    How do I disable the app? It's not in the settings menu.

    Sent from my [device_name] using XDA-Developers Legacy app
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    Keep me posted please! I'm in the same boat, I was debating contacting them, but now I won't as I know I'll get the same canned message. The USB C adapter quality sucks too, I use an AuX cable in my VW and man distortion, no sound, feedback at times unsure if you guys have any issues there too?

    I have used the USB C adapter with headphones without problem (for now at least)...

    If I receive any message from Google I'll update this post.
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    Hello my friends!!

    I actually found a way to fix front speaker distortion without root.

    1) Disable Google's MusixFx App (com.android.musicfx)
    2) Install an equalizer app (In my case i used Equalizer FX. Pro Free version)
    3) Open the app (if you haven't disabled yet Google's MusicFx app, it will told you to do so)
    4) Depending on how is affected your speaker because the bad mounting (Google's fault) you will have to play lowering the frequencies. In my case I only needed to lower 910Hz to -7db
    5) No more distortion!!!....

    The only down side it's that you will get a less louder speaker, but 100% enjoyable sound!

    I had to return 4 devices until I decided to find a way to "fix it" without rooting... I think Google was already trying to fix it because MusicFX app was updated in latest February update. Let's see if they officially release a fix. I think I will ask for RMA again anyway...
    This is the solution please dude try to share it with others that they dont know how to fix it. thanks