iPhone 5 / audio compression

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by unethical, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. unethical macrumors member

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    #1
    Any audio engineers here?

    The iPhone 5 has solid compression from the phone's speaker when playing music at max volume. Anyone else noticed? At least 3-6db of obvious compression.

    Not sure if it's a iPhone 5 thing or an iOS 6 thing. But it's annoying as hell.

    Thankfully it does NOT do it with earphones.
     
  2. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, it's just bad performance but nothing you wouldn't expect from such a small driver (4mm?) playing so loud. It's the kind of driver you would put in cheap earbuds except playing much louder so distortion is to be expected at loud volumes.

    Let's just not turn this into another -gate thing like people did with lens flare. People have such high expectations for such cheap components.

    If you think it sounds like crap at max volume (it does), use your headphones or a boombox/external speakers for playing music.

    It's just not possible to have excellent sound coming from a phone that's 7mm thin.
     
  3. unethical thread starter macrumors member

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    Definitely not a big deal.

    And yes it's amazing what the phone does in the small form factor that its in.
     

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