Is there something wrong with my AirPods?

vine-boating

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Hello all,

I just got these today and I don't find them very loud. I am using them with Spotify and I find that I have to turn the volume all the way up.

I have set the Spotify settings to extreme quality and turned off 'enable audio normalisation'.
I understand the AirPods do not go right inside your ear like the Powerbeats so noise isolation will not be the best but I expected them to a bit louder.

Is this common with Spotify or do you think my AirPods are faulty? I have an iPhone 8 plus if anyone is wondering.
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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Hello all,

I just got these today and I don't find them very loud. I am using them with Spotify and I find that I have to turn the volume all the way up.

I have set the Spotify settings to extreme quality and turned off 'enable audio normalisation'.
I understand the AirPods do not go right inside your ear like the Powerbeats so noise isolation will not be the best but I expected them to a bit louder.

Is this common with Spotify or do you think my AirPods are faulty? I have an iPhone 8 plus if anyone is wondering.
I use Apple Music, so I can’t attest to Spotify. Try testing them with another music source if you can see if there’s a difference. But I find them to be loud enough. Perhaps you are not just adjusted to them yet.
 

vine-boating

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I use Apple Music, so I can’t attest to Spotify. Try testing them with another music source if you can see if there’s a difference. But I find them to be loud enough. Perhaps you are not just adjusted to them yet.
I have just set up Apple Music since they give a 3 month trial. I must say they are louder than Spotify! Having searched online it seems that others have complained that Spotify music is too low in volume and it drains your battery which was also happening to me yesterday!
I think I am going to stick with this then and only use Spotify on my Mac.
With Apple Music how do you adjust the music settings? Is there anything I need to do to make them louder or are the default settings fine?
 

Ralfi

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Dec 22, 2016
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I have just set up Apple Music since they give a 3 month trial. I must say they are louder than Spotify! Having searched online it seems that others have complained that Spotify music is too low in volume and it drains your battery which was also happening to me yesterday!
I think I am going to stick with this then and only use Spotify on my Mac.
With Apple Music how do you adjust the music settings? Is there anything I need to do to make them louder or are the default settings fine?
Haven't changed Apple Music default settings as they were good from the get go.

I don't use the equaliser as any manipulation of the original source is a no-go zone for me personally.
 

vine-boating

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I think I am going to have to return these.
Having gone from Spotify to Apple Music which is slightly louder..I still am not satisfied with the loudness overall. I don't even like my music blazing loud as I know that can damage your hearing long term....but when I am listening too for example an album from the 1990's I have to put the volume at max and even then it's not loud. When I am on the bus or train I have to put the volume at max as well and I still am not getting loud sound.

I am not sure if its the fit or I just have a faulty set of pods. I am thinking if I should try my luck and see if I get better luck with a new set of pods or if I should try the beats x or Powerbeats.

It's a shame because I loved the idea of having no wires and being completely wireless....but when I read online people are saying that their AirPods are loud at only 50% of the volume so something isn't right somewhere???
[doublepost=1525562842][/doublepost]Does anybody know if the lidless can be affected by streaming music instead of downloading? I listen to music music through streaming from my mobile data since I get unlimited data? Is it better to actually download the songs onto my phone instead of streaming?
 

Ralfi

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Dec 22, 2016
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I think I am going to have to return these.
Having gone from Spotify to Apple Music which is slightly louder..I still am not satisfied with the loudness overall. I don't even like my music blazing loud as I know that can damage your hearing long term....but when I am listening too for example an album from the 1990's I have to put the volume at max and even then it's not loud. When I am on the bus or train I have to put the volume at max as well and I still am not getting loud sound.

I am not sure if its the fit or I just have a faulty set of pods. I am thinking if I should try my luck and see if I get better luck with a new set of pods or if I should try the beats x or Powerbeats.

It's a shame because I loved the idea of having no wires and being completely wireless....but when I read online people are saying that their AirPods are loud at only 50% of the volume so something isn't right somewhere???
[doublepost=1525562842][/doublepost]Does anybody know if the lidless can be affected by streaming music instead of downloading? I listen to music music through streaming from my mobile data since I get unlimited data? Is it better to actually download the songs onto my phone instead of streaming?
So both streaming & downloaded music are set to Extreme?

Have others who tried to listen to that album also said it's low in volume?

Does newer music sound louder? If it does, then it's just that specific older content that's soft. If it doesn't, then there's an issue - contact @SpotifyCares on Twitter....this help account is one of the BEST customer support contacts I've ever used. They're quick in responding & are very helpful. If you're not on Twitter, it's worth signing up just to have @SpotifyCares as a contact. Give them a try.
 

vine-boating

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So both streaming & downloaded music are set to Extreme?

Have others who tried to listen to that album also said it's low in volume?

Does newer music sound louder? If it does, then it's just that specific older content that's soft. If it doesn't, then there's an issue - contact @SpotifyCares on Twitter....this help account is one of the BEST customer support contacts I've ever used. They're quick in responding & are very helpful. If you're not on Twitter, it's worth signing up just to have @SpotifyCares as a contact. Give them a try.
Hey

I am not using Spotify anymore....I've switched to Apple Music (well I get a free 3 months trial) and tbh I am actually preferring the layout/interface to Spotify's.

I haven't tried downloaded offline music yet....only streamed music using wifi and mobile data. Music that has just come out recently sounds quiet loud but music created in ages ago doesn't sound loud at all.
I am thinking I might have a faulty pair or maybe I don't get a great fit with the AirPods and I should try something else. The AirPods do not fall off my ears though soo I am not sure how true that is.

When I am on public transport I literally have to have my iPhone on max volume to be able to hear properly and thats not even that loud.
Are yours very loud?
 

Ralfi

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Dec 22, 2016
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I haven't tried downloaded offline music yet....only streamed music using wifi and mobile data. Music that has just come out recently sounds quiet loud but music created in ages ago doesn't sound loud at all.
I am thinking I might have a faulty pair or maybe I don't get a great fit with the AirPods and I should try something else. The AirPods do not fall off my ears though soo I am not sure how true that is.
Is this with Apple Music?

Since they're loud with new music, then the issue seems to be the source rather than the Airpods.

Tell me the album that sounds soft & I'll test it out (I have both Spotify & Apple Music accounts).

When I am on public transport I literally have to have my iPhone on max volume to be able to hear properly and thats not even that loud.
Are yours very loud?
I've used mine on a plane & couldn't put them on max volume as it would've been too loud.
 

AMTYVLE

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Have you returned them
What volume level do you normally set?
No I didn’t return them. Had them since launch day and haven’t had any volume issues until iOS 11. So it’s not the AirPods. It’s this buggy iOS 11. I usually keep the volume at max or the setting before max. Now max volume feels low.
 

vine-boating

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Is this with Apple Music?

Since they're loud with new music, then the issue seems to be the source rather than the Airpods.

Tell me the album that sounds soft & I'll test it out (I have both Spotify & Apple Music accounts).

I've used mine on a plane & couldn't put them on max volume as it would've been too loud.
Yes Apple Music...Wow that's weird....could it be my phone or am I just over analysing and music shouldn't be that loud? I am in the UK btw so no not sure if there is some EU restriction or something...
I have an iPhone 8 plus but only got it like 2 weeks ago....

Try skimming through Lauryn Hill's album - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
or Kool and the gang's, song 'Celebration' - to me its low.
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No I didn’t return them. Had them since launch day and haven’t had any volume issues until iOS 11. So it’s not the AirPods. It’s this buggy iOS 11. I usually keep the volume at max or the setting before max. Now max volume feels low.
Oh wow

Why does it feel this isn't a universal problem though? Seems only some of us are having this problem....
So it was loud before the update?
 

Ralfi

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Yes Apple Music...Wow that's weird....could it be my phone or am I just over analysing and music shouldn't be that loud? I am in the UK btw so no not sure if there is some EU restriction or something...
I have an iPhone 8 plus but only got it like 2 weeks ago....

Try skimming through Lauryn Hill's album - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
or Kool and the gang's, song 'Celebration' - to me its low.
If anything, tracks from Lauren Hill's album may be recorded lower than most of my current day music, but not by much. Celebration is more noticeably softer imo.

Not that it means much, but my worst album for loudness is Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic (BSSM) - the CD was recorded abysmally low, but the 2 you mentioned above are louder than it. The versions of BSSM on Apple Music however, are louder than my CD recording.
 

vine-boating

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If anything, tracks from Lauren Hill's album may be recorded lower than most of my current day music, but not by much. Celebration is more noticeably softer imo.

Not that it means much, but my worst album for loudness is Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic (BSSM) - the CD was recorded abysmally low, but the 2 you mentioned above are louder than it. The versions of BSSM on Apple Music however, are louder than my CD recording.
I think I might try out the Powerbeats even though the reviews for them are not so great or get some AirPods switched over to make sure the ones I have are not faulty...
 

HALE101

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Mar 17, 2018
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I think the sound quality when I use my MacBook Pro along with the app boom 3d makes such a huge difference
 
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