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[MOD] LG G2 Headphone/Speaker Volume Boost

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sil0

Senior Member
Aug 31, 2010
101
320
Disclaimer:
DO NOT USE additional volume boosting tweaks/applications with this MOD.
Doing so will potentially make the signal too hot and could potentially lead to hearing damage/loss/equipment failure.
(Make sure you disable viper4android Max loudness signal boost if you have it installed!!).[/COLOR][/B]

This is a Headphone/Speaker Volume Level Modification.
DAC audio quality from the LG G2 is excellent, this improves the output further.

BENEFITS:
- Moves volume sweet spot to 50% vs. stock 80-90%.
- Removes need for volume boosting apps
- Does not alter DAC raw audio signal quality
- Provides optimized signal drive for higher ohm headphones
- Improved audio texture and fullness
- Improved low end at optimal listening levels

WORKS WITH:
All LG G2 Stock ROMS

This Mod Affects:
- External Speaker Volume (boosted to optimal levels)
- Headphones Volume for all audio Bit-rates (boosted to optimal levels)

TESTING:
Media Players:
- LG G2 Stock Audio Player (Lower digital noise on track pause compared to Neutron)
- Neutron Media Player (Warmer sound Signature)
Headphones:
- Stock G2 headphones (with built-in Volume control)
- Sennheiser ie-80 (16 ohms)
- Audio Technica (38 ohms)
- Beyerdynamic DT-770 (80 ohms)
Audio Sources:
- Multiple Music Styles (808 hiphop, trance, reggae, jazz, etc) in multiple bit-rates from 320kbps mp3 to 24-bit/192KHz Flac.
Parallel Testing with:
- Stock IPhone 4s

REQUIREMENTS:
- Phone must be Rooted: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2448887
- Root Browser (or similar File Explorer with system access)
- Modded "snd_soc_msm_Taiko" file (see instructions for link)

INSTRUCTIONS:
On phone:
1. Use Root Browser (or similar File Explorer), navigate to: /system/etc/snd_soc_msm
2, Copy "snd_soc_msm_Taiko" file to your storage folder as a backup (of your stock audio settings).
3. Download "snd_soc_msm_Taiko.txt" file:

Canadian D803 (remove the .txt): http://www44.zippyshare.com/v/67179492/file.html
AT&T D800 (remove the .att): http://www27.zippyshare.com/v/15157641/file.html
TMobile D801 (remove the .tmobil): http://www73.zippyshare.com/v/29686332/file.html
Verizon VS980 (remove the .verizon): http://www28.zippyshare.com/v/2883677/file.html
Sprint LS980 (remove the .spr): http://www70.zippyshare.com/v/61257387/file.html
Worldwide D802 (remove the .intl): http://www26.zippyshare.com/v/64106222/file.html
Korean F320L (remove the .kr): http://www21.zippyshare.com/v/81280391/file.html
AOSP Slimbean 4.3 (remove the .aosp) http://www65.zippyshare.com/v/20666112/file.html


4. Rename to snd_soc_msm_Taiko
5. Paste renamed file into: /system/etc/snd_soc_msm (Choose yes to overwrite the existing file).
6. OPTIONAL: Use Root Explorer to change permissions to rw~r~~r~~ on "snd_soc_msm_Taiko" file
***(No adverse effects leaving permissions on file as rw~rw~r~~)
7. Restart phone, test external speaker and headphones starting at low volume. Enjoy!

POTENTIAL ISSUES:
Some Verizon/ATT users reported mod microphone muting when using speaker phone.
If you experience this please confirm you downloaded the correct file for your model variant.
See more on LG G2 model variants here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_G2

If you are having other issues with this MOD reply to the thread/pm me using the following template:
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
User:
Issue:
Phone Carrier/Model#
Current ROM installed:
Restarted phone and tested again?
Changes/edits made to the file?
Gone back to stock audio settings?
If working at stock settings is it possible to upload a copy of your stock working audio file?
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Thanks go out to:
drumaster12 for AT&T D800 submission/testing.
tareqjj for Tmobil D801 file submission/testing.
bazon for Worldwide D802 submission/testing.
insang-droid for Verizon file submission and testing.
bri315317 for covering similar content matter here:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2442883
 
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sil0

Senior Member
Aug 31, 2010
101
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Reserved.

TIP #1:
If your G2 stock earbuds fit your ear canals really well, see if they fit on your other earphones!
I tried these G2 ear buds on my ie-80 in-ears and i can honestly say they give the best seal i have had in 7 months since getting these earphones!
The G2 buds have an abnormally large hole diameter which allows alot more high/mid range through than my previous sets. Stoked!

TIP #2:
Clean your in-ear headphones regularly, scotch tape works great!
Pull off the earbuds and carefully dab (do not rub) each the earphone housing speaker grills repeatedly with sticky part of the scotch tape to remove any wax/dirt buildup.
Repeat this once every 1 - 2 weeks to ensure longer life/good sound of your earphones.
If possible store your in-ears in a clean container/sealed carry pouch so they do not collect dust/lint/dirt from your pockets.
 
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sil0

Senior Member
Aug 31, 2010
101
320
Thanks for the mod. Tested a FLAC song with stock music player on speakers. Max volume and no distortion. :)

Great to hear!

On a note of personal note, i had viper4android installed on my LG G2 but with these modifications,
i ended up uninstalling it as i was primarily using it for volume boost purposes as opposed to signal shaping/eq-ing.
I also found that viper4android would work randomly with some files but not others.
IMO Volume boosting should work consistently at all times, across the board.

From the purist/consistency train of thought this volume mod will give you consistent volume boosting and more power to your headphones (fuller sound) without altering/degrading the already superb audio signal, or adding digital noise.

That being said, viper4android is a great app for shaping the sound signature, which is what it is primarily designed for.
For me, "the closer to the original source, the better" :)
 
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hd-renegade

Senior Member
Aug 31, 2012
304
40
Waynesville
Disclaimer:
DO NOT USE additional volume boosting tweaks/applications with this MOD.
Doing so will potentially make the signal too hot and could potentially lead to hearing damage/loss/equipment failure.
(Make sure you disable viper4android Max loudness signal boost if you have it installed!!).


This is an external Speaker and Headphone Volume level modification.
It is what I feel "should have been" the stock "happy medium" audio levels for the LG G2.

The DAC audio quality coming from the LG G2 is excellent.
This modification brings the listening sweet spot down to 50% volume level instead of the 80-90% volume range at stock.
Stock levels did not push test headphones as well.

Benefits:
- Removes the need for 3rd party audio VOLUME BOOST apps
- Does not alter DAC raw audio signal quality
- Provides optimized signal drive for higher ohm headphones
- Improved audio fullness
- Improved low end at optimal listening levels

This MOD works with:
All LG G2 Carriers

This Mod Affects:
- External Speaker Volume (boosted to optimal levels)
- Headphones Volume for all audio Bit-rates (boosted to optimal levels)

Requirements:
- Phone must be Rooted: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2448887
- Root Browser (or similar File Explorer with system access)
- Modded "snd_soc_msm_Taiko" file (see instructions for link)

Test Media Players:
- LG G2 Stock Audio Player (much lower digital noise on track pause compared to Neutron)
- Neutron Media Player

Test headphones:
- Sennheiser ie-80 (16 ohms)
- Audio Technica (38 ohms)
- Beyerdynamic DT-770 (80 ohms)

Test Audio Sources:
- Multiple Music Styles (808 hiphop, trance, reggae, jazz, etc) in multiple bit-rates from 320kbps mp3 to 24-bit/192KHz Flac.

Parallel Testing with:
- Stock IPhone 4s

Instructions:

On your phone:
1. Use Root Browser (or similar File Explorer) to navigate to: /system/etc/snd_soc_msm
2. Locate the file called: "snd_soc_msm_Taiko"
3. Copy this file to your storage as a backup in case you decide to revert back to stock.
4. Download the "snd_soc_msm_Taiko" file to your phone: http://www44.zippyshare.com/v/67179492/file.html
5. Once complete, paste the downloaded "snd_soc_msm_Taiko" file into: /system/etc/snd_soc_msm
Choose yes to overwrite the existing file.

6. Restart your phone, and test external speaker and headphones with starting with volume at 0%
7. If this improved your G2 audio, say thanks, and enjoy your music!


I would also like to thank bri315317 for creating the following thread which covers similar content matter:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2442883

The old file is rw~r~~r~~ the permissions on the file you have here is set to rw~rw~r~~. What should the permissions be set to??

Thank you
 

sil0

Senior Member
Aug 31, 2010
101
320
The old file is rw~r~~r~~ the permissions on the file you have here is set to rw~rw~r~~. What should the permissions be set to??

Thank you

Permissions should not make a difference in this case, however you can set them to rw~r~~r~~ for the file as shook mentioned using root explorer.
Mine are currently set to rw~rw~r~~ and there is no difference in performance.

I have updated OP with step 6 as optional. Cheers!
 
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alex72

Senior Member
Just helping jesus3109 voice be heard.
" This is for the mod in android development.. I cant post anything there cause im a new memeber so i need ten posts...
Bassically if you do this mod it will make speaker mode not work... You can hear the other person but they wont hear you.. It disables the mic... Same thing if u use earphones with a mic... U could hear them but they wont hear you....
If someone can get this message out in the lg g2 develpment thread ill appreciate it... "
 

sil0

Senior Member
Aug 31, 2010
101
320
Soliciting for "thanks" is kind of lame especially considering I saw this mod first in the link you provided in the OP

Sent from my LG-D801 using xda app-developers app

Really.
Well not giving thanks where its due, is even more lame, not to mention it is Thanksgiving today after all..

1. For what its worth i stumbled on this file in my G2 looking through sys etc files as a result of modding my note 2 last year in similar fashion, when i was looking for volume boosting without 3rd party apps at the time.

2. I have spent time testing to ensure i get the levels right on a fair range of equipment, and i feel others should be entitled the chance to benefit from this as well.

3. That thread that i ended up finding (and linking out of courtesy regardless) is pretty convoluted and a bit of a mess, labelled ATT (i am on Bell and this is a universal fix, not just ATT), and realistically only addresses speaker volume.

4. I have provided a working tested version of the file that G2 owners can use if they choose; not everyone is comfortable/has time/patience to edit/test settings in order to enjoy the untapped potential their phones have to offer.

5. I was in actuality not soliciting (seeing as we are NOT selling anything here), but making a factual observation through my thanks post, and the same applies to all positive dev/mod work.

You're welcome.
 
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sil0

Senior Member
Aug 31, 2010
101
320
Just helping jesus3109 voice be heard.
" This is for the mod in android development.. I cant post anything there cause im a new memeber so i need ten posts...
Bassically if you do this mod it will make speaker mode not work... You can hear the other person but they wont hear you.. It disables the mic... Same thing if u use earphones with a mic... U could hear them but they wont hear you....
If someone can get this message out in the lg g2 develpment thread ill appreciate it... "

The version i posted on this thread works fine with no issues.
I have tested the scenarios detailed in your post using 2 different cell phone lines, calling my g2 from another cell, and vice versa.
Both with speaker mode enabled/disabled, and with/without headphones.
Mic works fine in both cases for me, no issues here on my Bell version G2.

I do not currently have a pair of headphones with microphone built in to test that format though, if anyone else can test that would be great.

Please clarify carrier, whether phone is stock or not,whether has he done any file edits after the fact, etc.
 
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lorddm

Senior Member
Oct 12, 2010
62
3
Moscow
Hi. Somebody can tell me -
in which line (number and text) setting the speaker volume? I mean speaker for ringtone (not for talking)
Tnx

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LG G2 D802 (International vers.) rooted
 

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    Disclaimer:
    DO NOT USE additional volume boosting tweaks/applications with this MOD.
    Doing so will potentially make the signal too hot and could potentially lead to hearing damage/loss/equipment failure.
    (Make sure you disable viper4android Max loudness signal boost if you have it installed!!).[/COLOR][/B]

    This is a Headphone/Speaker Volume Level Modification.
    DAC audio quality from the LG G2 is excellent, this improves the output further.

    BENEFITS:
    - Moves volume sweet spot to 50% vs. stock 80-90%.
    - Removes need for volume boosting apps
    - Does not alter DAC raw audio signal quality
    - Provides optimized signal drive for higher ohm headphones
    - Improved audio texture and fullness
    - Improved low end at optimal listening levels

    WORKS WITH:
    All LG G2 Stock ROMS

    This Mod Affects:
    - External Speaker Volume (boosted to optimal levels)
    - Headphones Volume for all audio Bit-rates (boosted to optimal levels)

    TESTING:
    Media Players:
    - LG G2 Stock Audio Player (Lower digital noise on track pause compared to Neutron)
    - Neutron Media Player (Warmer sound Signature)
    Headphones:
    - Stock G2 headphones (with built-in Volume control)
    - Sennheiser ie-80 (16 ohms)
    - Audio Technica (38 ohms)
    - Beyerdynamic DT-770 (80 ohms)
    Audio Sources:
    - Multiple Music Styles (808 hiphop, trance, reggae, jazz, etc) in multiple bit-rates from 320kbps mp3 to 24-bit/192KHz Flac.
    Parallel Testing with:
    - Stock IPhone 4s

    REQUIREMENTS:
    - Phone must be Rooted: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2448887
    - Root Browser (or similar File Explorer with system access)
    - Modded "snd_soc_msm_Taiko" file (see instructions for link)

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    On phone:
    1. Use Root Browser (or similar File Explorer), navigate to: /system/etc/snd_soc_msm
    2, Copy "snd_soc_msm_Taiko" file to your storage folder as a backup (of your stock audio settings).
    3. Download "snd_soc_msm_Taiko.txt" file:

    Canadian D803 (remove the .txt): http://www44.zippyshare.com/v/67179492/file.html
    AT&T D800 (remove the .att): http://www27.zippyshare.com/v/15157641/file.html
    TMobile D801 (remove the .tmobil): http://www73.zippyshare.com/v/29686332/file.html
    Verizon VS980 (remove the .verizon): http://www28.zippyshare.com/v/2883677/file.html
    Sprint LS980 (remove the .spr): http://www70.zippyshare.com/v/61257387/file.html
    Worldwide D802 (remove the .intl): http://www26.zippyshare.com/v/64106222/file.html
    Korean F320L (remove the .kr): http://www21.zippyshare.com/v/81280391/file.html
    AOSP Slimbean 4.3 (remove the .aosp) http://www65.zippyshare.com/v/20666112/file.html


    4. Rename to snd_soc_msm_Taiko
    5. Paste renamed file into: /system/etc/snd_soc_msm (Choose yes to overwrite the existing file).
    6. OPTIONAL: Use Root Explorer to change permissions to rw~r~~r~~ on "snd_soc_msm_Taiko" file
    ***(No adverse effects leaving permissions on file as rw~rw~r~~)
    7. Restart phone, test external speaker and headphones starting at low volume. Enjoy!

    POTENTIAL ISSUES:
    Some Verizon/ATT users reported mod microphone muting when using speaker phone.
    If you experience this please confirm you downloaded the correct file for your model variant.
    See more on LG G2 model variants here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_G2

    If you are having other issues with this MOD reply to the thread/pm me using the following template:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    User:
    Issue:
    Phone Carrier/Model#
    Current ROM installed:
    Restarted phone and tested again?
    Changes/edits made to the file?
    Gone back to stock audio settings?
    If working at stock settings is it possible to upload a copy of your stock working audio file?
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



    Thanks go out to:
    drumaster12 for AT&T D800 submission/testing.
    tareqjj for Tmobil D801 file submission/testing.
    bazon for Worldwide D802 submission/testing.
    insang-droid for Verizon file submission and testing.
    bri315317 for covering similar content matter here:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2442883
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    TIP #1:
    If your G2 stock earbuds fit your ear canals really well, see if they fit on your other earphones!
    I tried these G2 ear buds on my ie-80 in-ears and i can honestly say they give the best seal i have had in 7 months since getting these earphones!
    The G2 buds have an abnormally large hole diameter which allows alot more high/mid range through than my previous sets. Stoked!

    TIP #2:
    Clean your in-ear headphones regularly, scotch tape works great!
    Pull off the earbuds and carefully dab (do not rub) each the earphone housing speaker grills repeatedly with sticky part of the scotch tape to remove any wax/dirt buildup.
    Repeat this once every 1 - 2 weeks to ensure longer life/good sound of your earphones.
    If possible store your in-ears in a clean container/sealed carry pouch so they do not collect dust/lint/dirt from your pockets.
    14
    Soliciting for "thanks" is kind of lame especially considering I saw this mod first in the link you provided in the OP

    Sent from my LG-D801 using xda app-developers app

    Really.
    Well not giving thanks where its due, is even more lame, not to mention it is Thanksgiving today after all..

    1. For what its worth i stumbled on this file in my G2 looking through sys etc files as a result of modding my note 2 last year in similar fashion, when i was looking for volume boosting without 3rd party apps at the time.

    2. I have spent time testing to ensure i get the levels right on a fair range of equipment, and i feel others should be entitled the chance to benefit from this as well.

    3. That thread that i ended up finding (and linking out of courtesy regardless) is pretty convoluted and a bit of a mess, labelled ATT (i am on Bell and this is a universal fix, not just ATT), and realistically only addresses speaker volume.

    4. I have provided a working tested version of the file that G2 owners can use if they choose; not everyone is comfortable/has time/patience to edit/test settings in order to enjoy the untapped potential their phones have to offer.

    5. I was in actuality not soliciting (seeing as we are NOT selling anything here), but making a factual observation through my thanks post, and the same applies to all positive dev/mod work.

    You're welcome.
    13
    600+ views and 6 thanks in less than 24 hours.. A little show of earned thanks goes a long way, its free!
    8
    Thanks for the mod. Tested a FLAC song with stock music player on speakers. Max volume and no distortion. :)

    Great to hear!

    On a note of personal note, i had viper4android installed on my LG G2 but with these modifications,
    i ended up uninstalling it as i was primarily using it for volume boost purposes as opposed to signal shaping/eq-ing.
    I also found that viper4android would work randomly with some files but not others.
    IMO Volume boosting should work consistently at all times, across the board.

    From the purist/consistency train of thought this volume mod will give you consistent volume boosting and more power to your headphones (fuller sound) without altering/degrading the already superb audio signal, or adding digital noise.

    That being said, viper4android is a great app for shaping the sound signature, which is what it is primarily designed for.
    For me, "the closer to the original source, the better" :)