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  1. gwdetroit's Avatar
    I have had every Samsung Smartphone since the first Galaxy Epic on Sprint. All of them had had great sound quality compared to other smartphones on the market including the iphone.

    Yesterday after much anticipation I got a Galaxy S7 Edge and to my surprise it sound quality is awful. I am using nice $300 headphone and the phone sounds worst than an iphone. I have tried the Samsung audio app, PowerAmp, and other third party apps and the music sounds flat and lifeless and distorts.

    Is this just my particular device or are other people experiencing the same audio quality.

    I "upgraded" from a Note 5 which I consider a fantastic phone.
    Java Man23 likes this.
    06-04-2016 02:21 PM
  2. ThrottleJohnny's Avatar
    Return it and get an HTC 10!

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-04-2016 02:58 PM
  3. FlyHigh365's Avatar
    Are you some kind of producer or sound engineer or something?
    vnmous1 and TheNewUnholyelite like this.
    06-04-2016 03:07 PM
  4. Snapperlicious's Avatar
    It's just your device IMO. I haven't done a lot of headphone listening, but I did try my s7e with my monster Miles Davis edition headphones. I didn't experience any of the issues you mentioned. It sounds as good as I expected, and probably better than my last three phones going from memory.

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    06-04-2016 03:08 PM
  5. Erick47's Avatar
    No, it's not just his device. From what I've read, the snapdragon 820 has a bad sound quality DAC chip built into it, unlike the exynos version. My S7 sounds bad unless I use bose or other high quality headphones. It's just the snapdragon's fault.

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    06-04-2016 03:13 PM
  6. FlyHigh365's Avatar
    I use my LG Bluetooth headphones And the audio quality sounds great. I have the snap dragon version. Not sure what people are expecting when it comes to a cell phone and audio quality. Never satisfied I guess.
    06-04-2016 03:22 PM
  7. fsfty's Avatar
    Sounds awesome with my Bose Bluetooth headset.
    06-04-2016 03:32 PM
  8. mitul_mehta's Avatar
    My s7 exynos sounds really nice.
    Usernamenotvalid likes this.
    06-04-2016 08:51 PM
  9. TechGod2014's Avatar
    Think it's the waterproofing method that affects the sound quality. It's still loud enough for me. I rather it be water resistant than super loud.
    06-04-2016 10:23 PM
  10. flintlock's Avatar
    If the DAC is the culprit it makes sense that the bluetooth is better as no DAC is needed at the phone level.
    06-04-2016 10:29 PM
  11. love4speechless's Avatar
    Think it's the waterproofing method that affects the sound quality. It's still loud enough for me. I rather it be water resistant than super loud.
    Loud enough for me too on my Exynos. Can't have the volume full blast as it is too loud for me xd
    06-04-2016 10:29 PM
  12. erasat's Avatar
    I have had every Samsung Smartphone since the first Galaxy Epic on Sprint. All of them had had great sound quality compared to other smartphones on the market including the iphone.

    Yesterday after much anticipation I got a Galaxy S7 Edge and to my surprise it sound quality is awful. I am using nice $300 headphone and the phone sounds worst than an iphone. I have tried the Samsung audio app, PowerAmp, and other third party apps and the music sounds flat and lifeless and distorts.

    Is this just my particular device or are other people experiencing the same audio quality.

    I "upgraded" from a Note 5 which I consider a fantastic phone.
    Return it and get an HTC 10!

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Well, if you are into sound performance then do what Johnny said, HTC 10 has the best audio you can get right now, hands down. I got one 2 weeks ago to switch between it and my S7 edge and after a little more than a week I went back to my S7 edge for my daily driver because I was missing too many things from my Edge, but the HTC 10 has am impressive build, great hand feeling and the best audio with their Boom Sound.

    I have done side by side comparisons between the two and there's not even a fair comparison when talking about audio.

    I'm not into that, I certainly appreciate it but for my use is not a deal breaker, keeping both and swapping my Sim card between then every now and then, I feel I have simply the best of both worlds.
    06-04-2016 10:30 PM
  13. tengtengvn's Avatar
    Snapdragon here. The output level is weak compares to other smartphones I've used.
    06-05-2016 03:00 AM
  14. Xsie's Avatar
    The problem I've been having is when I plug my phone into my car. On both Spotify and I heart radio, there's this static in the background. I did not have this with my last phone, and it's driving me crazy.
    Anyone else having this problem? And if so, were you able to resolve the issue, and how?
    meathead88 likes this.
    06-05-2016 09:19 AM
  15. jerrycau123's Avatar
    I use my Audio Technica 50x headset and sounds Great!.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Usernamenotvalid likes this.
    06-05-2016 09:43 AM
  16. Almeuit's Avatar
    No issues here. I'm not an audiophile but my BT sounds normal to me.
    06-05-2016 10:05 AM
  17. anon(19981)'s Avatar
    The problem I've been having is when I plug my phone into my car. On both Spotify and I heart radio, there's this static in the background. I did not have this with my last phone, and it's driving me crazy.
    Anyone else having this problem? And if so, were you able to resolve the issue, and how?
    Try turning on uhq upscaler. It's in the sound quality and effect tab in you settings. Do you only get the noise when charging your phone while playing music? I'm also guessing that your using an AUX cable. The sound shouldn't be there with Bluetooth.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-05-2016 10:05 AM
  18. gwdetroit's Avatar
    Not a producer but have nice headphones. On the Note 5 sound is full and rich, on the Edge is is flat and lifeless and distorts. On the Note 5 I don't have to play my music loudly to enjoy, on the Edge I had to crack it up to hear anything.
    06-09-2016 01:01 AM
  19. gwdetroit's Avatar
    I am not a fan of Monster. I am using the Bose QC 25, QC 20, and LG Actives - sounds bad on all
    06-09-2016 01:03 AM
  20. gwdetroit's Avatar
    I had the same problem from headphone jack. I returned the phone and went back to the note.
    06-09-2016 01:04 AM
  21. Lrfeagin's Avatar
    The audio level sucks on this phone compared to past htc phone's.
    06-09-2016 11:00 AM
  22. Malek J's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure everyone has heard this before. The Exynos variant is plenty loud through wired headphones or Bluetooth.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    06-09-2016 02:07 PM
  23. ironass's Avatar
    This does seem to be an issue that is peculiar to the U.S. and Chinese Snapdragon models unfortunately.

    If you are on the Exynos Global or Canadian models and wish to enhance your sound to play through both speakers, you can root your phone and install Dual Sound Volume mod.
    06-09-2016 02:44 PM
  24. Michael MCATEE's Avatar
    I have had every Samsung Smartphone since the first Galaxy Epic on Sprint. All of them had had great sound quality compared to other smartphones on the market including the iphone.

    Yesterday after much anticipation I got a Galaxy S7 Edge and to my surprise it sound quality is awful. I am using nice $300 headphone and the phone sounds worst than an iphone. I have tried the Samsung audio app, PowerAmp, and other third party apps and the music sounds flat and lifeless and distorts.

    Is this just my particular device or are other people experiencing the same audio quality.

    I "upgraded" from a Note 5 which I consider a fantastic phone.
    I think it is primarily your device especially if you have Power Amp pro setup with your custom presets going.

    On mine just using Google play and no EQ it is passible but not the greatest.

    Streaming is a crapshoot and depending on the quality of the stream.

    I do agree Samsung did better with the Note 5 implementation and DAC that you get a seamless integration for everything,but you should be able to tweak what you are getting out of the edge to compensate for your stored music.

    Posted from my AT&T S7 Edge
    06-09-2016 07:46 PM
  25. Jerry Hildenbrand's Avatar
    Yes. This phone has the worst audio of any phone I've tried since 2008. The 820 DAC isn't great, and it appears that Samsung did nothing to lessen any electrical noise from the rest of the components on the mainboard. In fact, the bad audio gets worse when the CPU is under load. This is based on personal experience as well as hooking the phone up to audio testing equipment.

    The best thing you can do is to get a pair of bluetooth headphones that support Apt X and cut out the digital conversion on the phone itself.
    mandoman28 likes this.
    06-09-2016 08:45 PM
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