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    Hello all, I am using a white nexus 5 32gb coming from a galaxy note 2 and might I say I love this phone! However, one big issue is whenever I try to stream music or audio through my Bluetooth headphones the volumes are WAY TOO LOUD. The lowest possible volume is painfully loud, thus making it impossible to listen to music with this device at the time being. Is anybody else having this problem?

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    P.s. I am using LG tone + HBS 730 for Bluetooth streaming.

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    I am having the same problem, and I'm also using the LG Tone+ (HBS-730), though with a black 16GB model Nexus 5 that I picked up from Best Buy today.

    Until Google/LG get around to fixing this bug, I'm using an equalizer app with the levels lowered to make Bluetooth streaming listenable. You can probably use any equalizer, but I am personally using this one:



    If you open that app after install, click on the equalizer icon in the upper left corner and then lower all of the levels to around -12, you should be good!
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    Funny, using LG Tone+ with Nexus 5 too. The quietest setting is quite loud. Problem is I doubt LG would provide a fix through the BT app on the playstore...that thing hasn't been touched for 328782934 years. Hoping it's a Google issue and will be patched through an update.

    edited to add: Just realized in the Play Music app. Start playing a song, have the phone connected to the headset, and then click the chromecast button in the top right corner as the song is playing and showing the panning album art. You'll see the LG Tone+ headset listed in the chromecast button. You'll see the volume for it is the lowest possible setting (even though, as we know, it's blaring-loud). Now take your finger and barely drag the volume to the very next "step" up (obviously take your headphone out unless you want to go deaf). Now let go of the slider/take your finger off. Notice how the volume slider IMMEDIATELY jumps to full-volume, not where you slid it to at all. I wonder if this information could help anyone provide a solution for us?
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    It's made even more amusing considering that both devices are made by LG in the first place. Still, if there must be bugs, this is far more preferable to what might have been... :-)

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    I have the same issues too with the same pair of headphones. Has anyone check if this occurs with other BT speakers or headphones?
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    Looks like it's too loud when paired with my Jam Box, too. I'll have to try wired headphones later.

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    Wired headphones work just fine for me. It's just bluetooth (but I only have the Tone+ bluetooth headset to test with)
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    same issue here with tone+.. the bluetooth volume controls have a mind of their own.. and apparently they only like to be super loud. weird bug

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    Same problem - Ive had no luck with EQ apps as they dont seem to get between the audio and the bluetooth (they effect nothing)
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    The only I linked above works for me!

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    Interesting thread...

    I have a pair of these and I find that they work quite normally. With the volume control at about 25%, I hear nothing (which could be partly due to mild hearing loss on my part ) and much above 80% becomes uncomfortably loud. For me, the sweet spot is right around 70%.
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    I'm using Motorola S10hd and volume is too low compared to Samsung S3 while streaming music.
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    Using the new Motorola Buds and they work perfectly with play music and doggcatcher

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    Just updated my 2013 3G Nexus 7 to Kit Kat and our deafening issue has shown up on this device, too. Hurray!

    This seems to be an issue with the OS, itself. Those of you with Bluetooth headsets that aren't trying to kill your hearing: do you have hardware volume buttons? Maybe it has something to do with that? This is not ok...

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    Tell Google about it here, maybe they will notice.
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    Wonder if Kit Kat's Nexus 5 that is the first device to have Audio Tunneling To DSP is the issue? Instead of using the application processor to decode audio or respond to audio output requests, the Nexus 5 with Kit Kat audio decode is offloaded to the onboard DSP (digital signal processor).

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    Apparently this is just with stereo sets and/or music. I use a SoundID 300 earpiece for calls and the volume is fine.

    Maybe the excess volume is the extra from the anemic onboard speakers? Hope they get that fixed.
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    Ditto for me. I just bought a pair of LG HBS-730 headphones and tried them out. Almost blew my eardrums :-) I tried using the equalizer settings. Set everything at minimum but even with the volume set to minimum, it is what I would normally listen at.

    I don't have this issue with wired headphones, just the bluetooth ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fr3lncr View Post
    Ditto for me. I just bought a pair of LG HBS-730 headphones and tried them out. Almost blew my eardrums :-) I tried using the equalizer settings. Set everything at minimum but even with the volume set to minimum, it is what I would normally listen at.

    I don't have this issue with wired headphones, just the bluetooth ones.
    Yeah, also using the LG Tone+ 730 and it is way too loud. I don't like that I have to use an equalizer app just so I could listen to music without my eardrums getting severely damaged.
    The wired headphones work. I used the Apple Earpods and the pause/play function works but not the volume controls. I was surprised the pause/play functionality worked at all.

    Also, maybe I'm doing it wrong, but must I have the equalizer app to be opened to be able to lower the volume?

    Thanks
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    Which music player are all of you guys using?

    Do you have the same issue with another sound source - for example, a YouTube video?

    Can you try another music player - perhaps the free version of PowerAmp - and see if you have the same results?
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    I've used Pocket Casts and Poweramp so far. I can try others, though

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    I stream bluetooth both in my Jeep and my wife's MKZ and neither seem to be any different than her N4 or what my RAZR was like.

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    Yeah, the issue seems to be specifically tied to stereo Bluetooth headsets for some reason. My Jambox, Voyager and in car Bluetooth all work just fine.

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    Add me to this list too. I've got a Sony Ericson MW600 which worked fine with the Nexus 4. I have to use the physical volume buttons to change the volume, the on screen one always jumps to the maximum setting regards of where you click on the bar.
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