Top speaker not as loud as bottom speaker on iPhone7?

ipaddaro

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Hi to everyone,
when i listen to music or other media, the stereo speakers of my iPhone 7 don't seem to be equal. The bottom one seems louder than the top one, regardless how i hold the iPhone (horizontally o vertically)... in Settings->Accessibility the equalizer is in the middle.

The difference is not "huge", but i can absolutely feel it.

Does anyone have the same issue?
Thanks
 

willmtaylor

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Oct 31, 2009
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Hi to everyone,
when i listen to music or other media, the stereo speakers of my iPhone 7 don't seem to be equal. The bottom one seems louder than the top one, regardless how i hold the iPhone (horizontally o vertically)... in Settings->Accessibility the equalizer is in the middle.

The difference is not "huge", but i can absolutely feel it.

Does anyone have the same issue?
Thanks
I do as do several others on the forum.

It's like that on my 7 plus, my friends 7, and every 7 or 7 plus I have seen (display models)
Most people here claim that the volume is nearly identical.
 

ipaddaro

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mmm... do you think it could be a software or hardware issue? is there a way to tell it? i don't want to bring back my iPhone for such a minor issue, but i'd be happy if it would be solved...
 

C DM

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Hi to everyone,
when i listen to music or other media, the stereo speakers of my iPhone 7 don't seem to be equal. The bottom one seems louder than the top one, regardless how i hold the iPhone (horizontally o vertically)... in Settings->Accessibility the equalizer is in the middle.

The difference is not "huge", but i can absolutely feel it.

Does anyone have the same issue?
Thanks
http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/was-expecting-louder-stereo-speakers-left-is-very-low.2004584/

http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/iphone-7-earpiece-speaker-low-volume.1997402/
 
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Iphone7guy123

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Jan 14, 2017
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Hi to everyone,
when i listen to music or other media, the stereo speakers of my iPhone 7 don't seem to be equal. The bottom one seems louder than the top one, regardless how i hold the iPhone (horizontally o vertically)... in Settings->Accessibility the equalizer is in the middle.

The difference is not "huge", but i can absolutely feel it.

Does anyone have the same issue?
Thanks
I think that the Top speaker is more focused towards lower end sounds and the bottom speaker more towards higher end sounds. Just a guess.
 

macTW

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Hi to everyone,
when i listen to music or other media, the stereo speakers of my iPhone 7 don't seem to be equal. The bottom one seems louder than the top one, regardless how i hold the iPhone (horizontally o vertically)... in Settings->Accessibility the equalizer is in the middle.

The difference is not "huge", but i can absolutely feel it.

Does anyone have the same issue?
Thanks
By design. Not a flaw but a design feature. One is blaring at your face, while the other pointing completely away. To try to make them sound even, Apple has volume differences.

Can't find articles but I thought Apple stated that somewhere.
 

willmtaylor

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By design. Not a flaw but a design feature. One is blaring at your face, while the other pointing completely away. To try to make them sound even, Apple has volume differences.

Can't find articles but I thought Apple stated that somewhere.
Citation? According to most of Apple's keynote presentation and marketing materials, the top speaker should be stereo sound.

However, what I and many other seem to experience is a loud enough bottom speaker but a virtually nonexistent top speaker which is completely drowned out.
 

Tab74

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Apr 23, 2017
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Citation? According to most of Apple's keynote presentation and marketing materials, the top speaker should be stereo sound.

However, what I and many other seem to experience is a loud enough bottom speaker but a virtually nonexistent top speaker which is completely drowned out.
When my iphone7plus was new, top earpiece stereo speaker was loud and almost the same with the bottom right speaker. Now I noticed after few weeks of using that the top speaker sounded so soft. Could it be plug by some dust or dirt? Just wondering...
 

willmtaylor

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When my iphone7plus was new, top earpiece stereo speaker was loud and almost the same with the bottom right speaker. Now I noticed after few weeks of using that the top speaker sounded so soft. Could it be plug by some dust or dirt? Just wondering...
Nope. Been that way since day 1.
 

JosephAW

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Since upgrading from iOS 10 to iOS 12 my iPhone 7+ no longer plays stereo music when in landscape or watching movies.
I tried playing with the left and right balance slider and the bottom speaker is loud and the earpiece speaker is very soft at full volume.
I've heard of iOS 11 bug where updating to 11 caused the mic to fail requiring a $300 repair but my mic is working okay.