The iPhone X speakers are not my favorite

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  1. balderoine macrumors member

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    Usually after each upgrade we can expect some kind of bump in the iPhone’s speakers but this time I’m really bugged by the quality of the iPhone X’s speakers. The bass is super faint in low-medium volumes and it’s terribly loud if you crank it up. Add the stereo speakers in the mix and it hurts my head so much. I question why this is happening since my iPhone 7 Plus’ speakers were pleasant and so were the iPhone 8 Plus while I had it for 2 weeks. I tried to compare sound with my iPad Pro and it sounds normal. New speaker supplier maybe? New waterproof meshing? I had a case on but I removed it to test. What are your guys opinions?
     
  2. QquegChristian macrumors 6502

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    I think they are a huge improvement over my regular 7’s speakers. They have more bass and are far louder.

    I’ve never heard a Plus model. Always just assumed they sounded the same as the regular models.

    I’m kind of amazed at what these companies can do with these tiny, tiny speakers. There’s just no way they’re going to sound as good as a big dedicated Bluetooth speaker, the same way those will never sound as good as a good pair of dedicated speakers, but the X is like 60% of the way to having the sound quality and volume of my $200 Harmon Kardon Bluetooth speaker that is far, far bigger.
     
  3. Ntombi macrumors 68040

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    I compared it to the speakers on the 7, and it’s a huge difference. Not just louder, but fuller and less crackly at top volume. I mean, they’re not great, but they’re certainly listenable.
     
  4. TrueBlou macrumors 68040

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    I’m happy with the performance coming from my 7 Plus, just been playing Tiesto and it sounded good for what it’s playing on, but everybody’s ears are different.
    Probably a stupid question but have you tried changing the EQ in Settings? Maybe Small Speakers, Loudness or whatever sounds good to you.
     
  5. balderoine thread starter macrumors member

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    That’s good I just wanted to know if anyone else had noticed any improvement or decrease in quality. I think the speakers are the same for both models. The top speaker grill is smaller this year on the X so I guess that if the speaker assembly got smaller I haven’t got used to it yet.
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    They’re louder for sure. Hopefully I get used to the slight different sound
     
  6. techno-Zen macrumors 6502a

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    The top speaker is terrible and crackly above 80% volume.. it also sounds incredibly tinny compared to the 7 plus and 8 plus..

    Maybe it’s just my phone?

    May be a deal breaker for me.. but I LoVE everything else about the X
     
  7. balderoine thread starter macrumors member

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    I haven’t tried that yet but I will give it a shot. Just curious if it is system wide. It’s weird how music sounds pretty good from songs in my Music library but from Spotify I get the quality of an out of whack EQ. It could be just the app.
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    I’m really enjoying mine too. I’ll just have to give it time and get used to it
     
  8. cap7ainclu7ch macrumors 6502

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    I'd get a replacement. I swapped my SG for silver today and the speaker sounds much better. The first phone was very crackly and sounded awful at higher volume. Seems like they might have some defective units out there...
     
  9. techno-Zen macrumors 6502a

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    I’ll try tomorrow.. hope it’s just a defect....
     
  10. balderoine thread starter macrumors member

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    I had a software bug after completing the setup page where the homescreen failed to launch apps. I was at my carrier and they wanted to recall it until I did a hard reset on the spot. They still said it was defective and that one problem could lead to more down the line. Third strike and I’m definitely going to swap
     
  11. FriendlyMackle macrumors 6502

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    I'm listening to Apple Music (my mix of songs) right now via my new iPhone X's speakers -- something I never would have done with previous models of the phone. I am really impressed with the sound quality, and actual stereo sound from something so tiny! I watched a movie trailer earlier to assess the quality of film presentation along with sound; and now listening to The Naked and Famous "To Move with Purpose", and the sound is excellent.

    I also made a long speakerphone call earlier today, and the volume is heads and shoulders better than my last phone, which admittedly was 2 years old, an iPhone 6S Plus.
     
  12. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    Cellphone speakers will probably never be able to replace other speakers. The speakers in the phone is only meant for phone calls,not music playback.
     
  13. Marshall73 macrumors 68000

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    Watched spider-man homecoming and was really impressed with the audio, as good as my 7 an 8 plus models, maybe just not quite as loud but I don’t run any at 100% volume.
     
  14. Zune55 macrumors 6502a

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    In my opinion they’re really good please make sure that your equalizer settings I’m not messed up.
     
  15. Vundu macrumors 65816

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    Only coming from a 6S but the X sounds far superior. Not just the volume but the fullness and bass. Very pleased.

    Never heard a plus model so cannot comment against them.
     
  16. ajscorpio69 macrumors regular

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    Louder and crisper than iPhone 7 Plus!
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    Sounds like your phone for sure. Mine are crisp and loud with zero distortion at full volume.
     
  17. Diorama macrumors 6502a

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    I’m coming from a 6S Plus so it’s hard for me to help you because mine is such an obvious jump in volume and quality.
     
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    Any 8+ comparisons to the X? Huge improvement in clarity, fullness and bass over the 6S+..
     
  19. Technarchy macrumors 604

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    Better than my 7+, but not quite as good as my 8+.
     
  20. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Just to clarify for some, when Apple introduced the stereo speakers on the iPhone 7, they increased the loudness by 25% on the iPhone 8/8+. I'm not sure if the same applies to the iPhone X, even though they have stereo speakers.
     
  21. fullauto macrumors 6502a

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    Cheers. How would you describe the advantages of the 8+?
     
  22. Technarchy macrumors 604

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    8+ plays a little deeper, and louder without any sense of shrill or distortion. Overall the 8+ is louder.

    Sense of separation is very good with both with some movie tracks and songs having a real sense of enveloping you.
     

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