Low quality Siri voice?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by JerTheGeek, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. JerTheGeek macrumors 68000

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    Hey guys,
    I downloaded the PB of Sierra to a separate partition on my 2015 13" rMBP. For some reason my Siri voice is extremely low quality. I looked at the settings and couldnt find anything. Demo videos I've looked at show a perfectly high quality enhanced siri voice, but mine sounds like its from iOS 5 lol. Anybody else having this and how could i get it to use the right voice?
    Thanks
     
  2. Jumpie macrumors 6502a

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    I noticed the same thing. I couldn't figure it out either.

    Hell, half the things I ask don't work anyway. Haha
     
  3. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    The high-quality voice will download over time. I restarted my computer and it was there.
     
  4. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ah ok thanks! I restarted multiple times and haven't seen it yet, but haven't given it much time. Likely will be there in the morning I assume.
     
  5. daijholt macrumors 65816

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    This is the standard behaviour for Siri in general. It always starts out as low quality on the phone too.
     
  6. Jumpie macrumors 6502a

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    This actually worked..never thought of it. Perfect. But she can't open messages. I like to test things and this is one
     
  7. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What Macs were you guys using? And were they plugged in (if MacBooks)? Still have the low quality voice, but I realized my MacBook wasn't plugged in last night cause it was already charged, I'm assuming that's why it didn't download.
     
  8. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    This may the the answer. It downloaded fairly quickly on my 2011 iMac. Will probably install Sierra on my 2015 rMBP and will report back on how long it takes.
     
  9. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Wish they would just tell you somewhere in settings how much is downloaded . Hopefully will download eventually, I have it plugged in.
     
  10. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    You can open Activity Monitor and go to "Network" and it will tell you the amount of data received. If it seems like a lot, then it could be the high-quality voice being downloaded.
     
  11. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Nothing big being received in the activity monitor. Hmmm...
     
  12. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    Weird. Well my rMBP is almost done, will let you know what I find.
     
  13. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Cool thanks!
     
  14. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    Got everything setup on my rMBP with 10.12

    Siri was low-quality when I first tried it, but it looks like it received about 1.3GB of data from somewhere, and Siri is high-quality now. I didn't need to restart or anything, it just updated by itself.
     
  15. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Wha? That makes mine even more confusing then. I wonder if there is a place where you can tell it to download manually, like in dictation settings or something.
     
  16. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Still hasn't changed, still using the low quality voice. I know this is a beta but the voice is supposed to work so its annoying. I guess ill just leave my MacBook plugged in all night tonight and see if it works in the morning.
     
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    Im in mexico and siri works pefectly fine on my iphone 6s but i also noticed it after the macOS installation, siri on my mac has a low quality voice in spanish, she doesn't even sound mexican, sounds freaking horrible......
     
  18. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well....left it charging all night and nothing. Still low quality voice. Gonna try switching to a different network and see if that does anything.
     
  19. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Does anyone here know a possible fix for this?
     
  20. Icaras macrumors 603

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    I came in here with the same exact issue, but I literally, 5 minutes ago, just switched to American (Male) voice in Siri settings, and then switched it back to American (Female) and the quality of her voice is the best I've ever heard her. Even better than the one on iOS. I don't notice any sort of digitization of her voice at all. Sorry I haven't read the entire thread but have you tried doing this?

    I even like her personality more, as her "cheerfulness" from iOS seems a hair toned down, which I'm appreciating. She sounds great!
     
  21. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Noticed that really high quality voice on iOS 10, it sounds really good I agree. But unfortunately I've tried changing the voice and still haven't had any luck.
     
  22. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Hmmm....That means I'm still getting Siri's lower quality iOS 9 voice on my iOS devices running iOS 10. Which also means now I'm having the same issue as you, but on iOS lol. :(
     
  23. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Haha that is certainly annoying, hopefully we both can get it figured out ;)
     
  24. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Another night plugged in, but still no high quality voice. I wonder if it has something to do with my network. What's weird is that it seems like the voice quality "fluctuates," sometimes it sounds horrible and other times it doesnt sound too bad but still not high quality.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 10, 2016 ---
    LOL literally right after I posted my previous message, for whatever reason the male voice is high quality all of a sudden.
     
  25. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    It may be time to just send them feedback saying that the high-quality voice has yet to download. Make sure you submit the diagnostic files so they know which system you installed 10.12 on
     

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