iPhone 3GS sound quality

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by runastun564, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. runastun564 macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    After using the iphone for a week I used my nano and noticed the audio quality on the nano is much better than the iphone. Anyone else notice inferior sound quality on the iphone 3gs?
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    There are a lot of radio signals coming in and out of an iPhone.

    I would imagine that all the other iPods have slightly better sounding analog audio outputs.
  3. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
  4. runastun564 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    I did that... They sound the same. I've made an appointment at the apple store because callers sound like they're in a cave when I use the headphones so maybe it's a hardware issue
  5. wingsabr macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2008
    The sound quality on my iPod classic is better than my iPhone 3g and 3gs. It's just not as full as the iPod
  6. runastun564 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    So the iPod in the iPhone is in fact inferior to regular iPods and therefore my phone is normal?
  7. daihard macrumors 6502a


    Feb 19, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I wouldn't be so quick. I am no Bach or Mozart, but I don't think the sound quality of my iPhone 3GS is much worse than that of my old 30GB iPod. So it can be the combination of your good ears and some kind of hardware issues.

    (P.S.) I don't have any problem hearing the caller on my iPhone, either through the speaker or the headphones.
  8. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I see similar posts a lot, but I've never really noticed a difference in the iPod/iPhone models. Neither have I thought my iPhone "sounded bad." It easily sounds better than FM radio, and the sound quality through the earbuds is pretty darn good.
  9. runastun564 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    Well it seems to me it could be my hardware because the difference between the iPhone and nano is pretty noticable and other callers sound bad using the headphones but sound fine using the earpiece or whatever it's called so maybe my headphone port is bad. Btw thanks for the replies I'm new to this forum and it's great.
  10. run-kmc macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2009
    Mozart demanded the very best from his mp3 player.

  11. tomwebster99 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
    No issues for me with the sound quality from my 3GS or 3G before it. Using Apple Lossless files and Klipsh Image headphones it sounds great. Ditch the supplied headphones as they are terrible and you'd be surprised how good it sounds.

    Having previously owned a 120Gb Classic another advantage of the iPhone is noticably louder volume (in the UK at least where iPod volume is limited by EU law). On the Classic I would regularly have to have the volume near maximum, expecially with older recordings that aren't as loud as newer ones. On the iPhone volume is never more than two-thirds. Probably not a major advantage but I gget the impression that the extra volume would allow you to drive less sensitive headphones a lot better.

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