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Mildredop

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They sound like a terrible, tinny old radio. Really bad sound. To be able to hear anything clearly I need to have them very loud - to the point they start to hurt my ears.

They have too much in the mid- and top-range and no bass.

Can I adjust the EQ of the phone's output? Everything I've read say go to Music settings, but it does nothing (I assume it's only for Apple's Music app). I largely listen to a particular radio app and Netflix, neither of which have EQ settings themselves.
 

bigshot

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You are probably using the wrong ear tips. You've got a bad seal going there. Try a size larger.
 

Puonti

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If you mean the regular Airpods, they have dark vertical vents on the backs of the pods. If these are blocked, the sound will be tinny as you describe.

The Airpods Pro don't behave this way, even though they too have the vents.
 

Mildredop

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If you mean the regular Airpods, they have dark vertical vents on the backs of the pods. If these are blocked, the sound will be tinny as you describe.

The Airpods Pro don't behave this way, even though they too have the vents.
They don't look blocked - and I doubt they'd be blocked when fresh out of the box.
 

Mr.Blacky

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Either they don't fit/you don't have them in your ears properly, they are broken, or you have the absolutly wrong expectations for them.
 

Mildredop

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Either they don't fit/you don't have them in your ears properly, they are broken, or you have the absolutly wrong expectations for them.
It'd be lovely if someone could actually answer my question.

Is there a way of adjusting the EQ of the iPhone's output?
 
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Mildredop

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Settings/Music/EQ

Edit: Just saw you aren't using the music App.
So am I correct that any EQ settings are specific to each app? There's no system-wide EQ?

The app I use most doesn't have any sort of audio adjustment.
 

turbineseaplane

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Sadly there is no system wide EQ without a Jailbreak..

I use EQE on my JB devices and the AutoEQ profiles for the various AirPods models makes them sound fantastic.
 

waw74

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they have really small drivers, so as a result, they can't move a lot of air.

if they're seated well, they seal against your ear, so there's only a small volume of air they have to move which the small driver can do well.
If they're not seated well, too much sound pressure can go around the outside, leading to weak and tinny sound. changing EQ won't fix this, since it has to do with the physics of how sound behaves in your ear. It might make it "better" but it's not correcting the problem, and could lead to damaging them since you're pushing them harder than they were designed to go.

There are guides online about how to get them in properly.
there's also not one specific way to put them in that's guaranteed to work. Some point down, some forward, some in-between. you might have to play around with positioning a bit, as the shape of everyone's ears are a bit different, so what works for someone else might not work for you.

there are some skins you can put on them that might help make a better seal. But I believe most if not all require you to remove them to put them in the case.

It's possible that your ear canals are too big, or shaped in a way that won't work with them at all.
I personally can't wear them (or the APpros). I use Powerbeats pro, since they have a hook, and don't end up on the floor after I take 3 steps, and I can still get the benefits of Apple's H1 chip. Even with the XL tip, I sometimes have issues getting a good seal. I would much rather have AirPods, as the case for the PBP is way too thick to comfortably stick in a pants pocket, and I'd love the noise canceling of the APP, but they don't fit me.

it's possible that you got a bad pair, but I'd find that more likely if only one side had the issue. I'm guessing the left and right come off different assembly lines, so the chances of randomly getting 2 bad ones in the same box would be pretty pretty low.
 

seggy

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So am I correct that any EQ settings are specific to each app? There's no system-wide EQ?

The app I use most doesn't have any sort of audio adjustment.
This is Apple remember, it will be enjoyed as they serve it. Plus if you remember the iPods, it seems like EQ and Apple is like Microsoft and battery life - "it's a tough science" lol.

RE: your problems, it could just be that Apple's one-size-fits-all design isn't fitting you, so that you aren't getting a good path from the driver to your canal. From what you describe, it seems like a case of the pods 'floating outside' your ear canal... discounting hearing loss of course.

You can try some of the top tips on this very site to fix it - nothing's impossible if you're determined to love Apple.
 

GumaRodak

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Maybe you got the fake ones? Did you purchase in apple store or some “ebay” seller? :)
 
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