iPod Touch (3rd gen 32GB) Speaker quality is horrible

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by spazma7ik, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. spazma7ik macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2009
    The speaker quality on my new iPod touch is terrible. If I turn it up all the way it's still really low and becomes slightly distorted, and if I turn it down enough to where it's not you can't even hear it really.

    Did I get a bad one, or are all iPod Touch external speakers like this?
  2. AlphaTeam macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2005
    I can't speak to the 3G, but the 2G is great.
  3. spazma7ik thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2009
    Really? So you can turn it up really loud and have it play clearly?
  4. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    My 2G plays find loud....are you using the buttons on the side or the screen- perhaps try the other way to see if it makes a difference....and is this with music or an app?
  5. spazma7ik thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2009
    Isn't it exactly the same either way, cause when I press one, the other goes up as well. And this happens when just playing music! It's very annoying. I have an appointment with the genius bar tonight, so hopefully it goes over well.
  6. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I'd say it works as advertised (ok for "casual" listening). Translation = if you don't have earbuds handy or your friend doesn't have them, sharing an idea of a track works ok at up to about half volume. After that, or depending on the type of music and the engineering, distortion city, baby.

    I just played Brett Dennen same track on iphone 1st gen and ipod touch 2nd gen. I'd say they're about the same, iphone a tad better maybe.

    I don't expect a lot from these devices without having to pay more for the feature than it's worth. I do happen to expect more from speakers in the laptops and they are not getting better imo.
  7. broken-chaos macrumors regular


    Sep 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    The speaker quality, in my limited experience, can vary from one touch to the next. I had my old touch replaced (in warranty) due to unrelated speaker/button problems, and the new one seems to sound much better through the speaker (though still only 'okay') than the first one did.
  8. Wishsong macrumors regular

    May 13, 2009
  9. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    The 2g speaker is not loud at all, any type of background noise and you cant hear it. Its nothing like a phone speaker.
  10. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    Bearing in mind its smaller than a headphone...

    Its pretty good on my 3G S, but not music worthy quality, i sometimes use it though.
  11. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    I was just thinking it may have a glitch- it should be the same.
  12. monmon238 macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2009
    I've just bought mine yesterday and i have exactly the same problem, so can you please tell me what did the genius bar guys tell you?
  13. spazma7ik thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2009
    I'm the same guy from the other speaker topic. Basically I'm stuck unless I decide to up or downgrade to a 8/64. I wanna know if those with a 64 have problems with their speakers?
  14. LordEntropy macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2007

    I am the same. I want to know if the 64 is better, if so I will spring more money and get that instead..

    Someone with 64gb please post :)
  15. goinskiing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    Meridian, ID
    My 32GB 3rd Gen. speaker is just fine compared with my 2nd Gen.'s speaker.
  16. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
  17. agkm800 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    My new 3G 32GB Touch's speaker works as good as my previous 2G 8GB speaker did. However, I am not sure if the speaker has been improved like other users are claiming.
  18. Moocher macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2008
    NE Atlanta area
    Expectations are too high.

    I have a 3g 64GB and the speaker is fine. No, it sucks. Wait, no, it's fine. What do you expect? To me the speaker is to be used for voice only and it only works well if there is no background noise. That's all it's supposed to do. After all, it must be really really tiny.

    The speaker is there as a convenience and mostly for the beeps and such. Even if it was excellent for its size I still wouldn't use it for music and only rarely for voice. I think you guys are expecting too much.

  19. monmon238 macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2009
    does this mean that ours are screwed up?
  20. MissSazzii macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2009
    I also bought a new 32 GB ipod touch from Dick Smith and it had the same
    problem. The loud speakers were really bad but when i put the earphones on, they were better. Because of this, I went and exchanged my ipod for a new one. It still had the same problem! Even the music on apps are quite horrible... I compared my ipod with a 8 GB one and the speakers on 8 GB were fine. I dont know what the problem is :(
  21. Ryan0594 macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2009

    The answer is in the question.
    If you think of what the speaker is, expecting it to have a clear quality at higher volumes is just not really feasible because:
    1) It's a really compact and dense device;
    2) It's an internal, probably small speaker.

    I can confirm my one month old (as of today) iPod touch does have and has always had a poor speaker quality when I play it loud, however, I don't really need it at all and as long as I keep it about halfway up the volume scale I get a perfectly decent sound quality.
  22. chris975d macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    I don't have it now (sold it to a friend since I use my iPhone 3GS as an iPod Touch now), but I had a 64gb, and, ironically, to my untrained ear, it's onboard speaker sound quality at high volume settings was what I'd consider great, considering what size this speaker actually has to be to fit inside the casing. I do know that it DEFINITELY was leaps and bounds better than the one in my 32gb 2nd gen Touch. Way louder, and a whole lot more clarity(again, for what this speaker is). I'd rate it around 75-80% as loud at max volume as my 3GS, and the 3GS is LOUD. The 64gb Touch speaker made is so much more enjoyable to play games with, as even in a room with a good bit of ambient noise, I could still hear it fine. With my old 32gb 2nd gen Touch, you could barely hear it at max volume with even the slightest noise around you.

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