Why iPad volume is so low?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by pdqgp, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    For what they are, I have a fairly decent set of inner ear ear-buds that I use when flying. They work great on my iPhone but when I tried them on my iPad, even at full volume, I can't get enough volume to watch a movie with them when on the plane.

    What's the deal? Is it my iPad or just something that is sad but typical with them. Again, they work great and are VERY loud on my 3Gs.

    Thoughts apprecited.
  2. DJsteveSD macrumors regular


    Mar 4, 2011
    Dallas, TX

    I've noticed the same thing, the volume is very low
  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    I don't know but it's kind of annoying. I have the 3G version which I've read is actually louder than the WiFi only model, but can't verify though. I did do a side-by-side test w/ my original iPad before I sold it and the original iPad was a bit louder at top volume. Maybe Apple will address it in a future s/w update similar to how they adjusted the volume on the original iPhone.
  4. Jemi9OD macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2010
    Durham, NC
    I've noticed this too. I watch netflix sometimes when I'm going to bed, and I end up cupping my hand over the speaker to "redirect" the sound towards me. Kind of a pain.
  5. That70sGAdawg macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2008
    Athens, GA USA
    The external speaker is about the same loudness from iPad 1 to 2, but the headset jack to headphones and speakers is about 1/3 lower volume on iPad 2 in my opinion.
  6. soshibo macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2011
    ipad speaker volume is horrendous. just tried apple headphones. working as intended. also tried my klipsch s4's. i'm now almost deaf
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    I think it might be a design issue. If you cup your hand above the speaker when holding it the sound bounces off your hand & is louder. That makes me think the position of the speakers, and not the speakers or s/w, is the real issue. The iPad 1 speakers were at the edge of the case.
  8. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    You are correct sir, because the sound has more ports to travel trough now, it''s being directed everywhere, and not where it matters; to the user.
  9. cnixon macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Just a guess, but can you change the maximum volume limit when you connect the iPad to iTunes. I know you can with an iPod.

    If so, your max volume might be limited.
  10. Mikee.Nu macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2010
    San Diego
    Also having "sound check" on in the iPod settings lowers the overall sound volume of your music to insure that if one song is louder than another, it won't blast in your ear
  11. pdqgp thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    Thanks for the replies folks. I will have to try the official Apple headphones that came with our iPhones and iPods of days gone by. I'm still not happy as they are not as good or comfy to wear as the others I have.
  12. Autumngoldengir macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2012
    Low sound fix

    I had the same problem...low sound on movies. Made appt at apple store and was advised to update my software. I had a 3.0 version. Back up your photos and stuff to your computer and then do the update thru iTunes. Works like a charm! Took me a nite to do this but it works!:)
  13. Furshlugginertm macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2012
    clean the jack

    This was very frustrating to me. But I found that when I cleaned the earbud's jack's prong with alcohol, and then stuck it back in, the volume jumped to twice as loud.
  14. Nick Half macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    The Boast

    I made this Kickstarter project to deal with this exact problem:

    The Boast - A sound reflector for the iPad.


    Just launched it a few days ago, so you can still get in on the pay what you wish tier!

  15. dieburnbot macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008

    Does it use magnets to connect to the iPad? So it won't work through cases?
  16. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009

    I haven't tried this with my iPad but I did it with my iPod Touch. Awhile back I knew that I had changed something on my iPod because it sounded lower than my iPhone. So I played around and noticed when I increase the Sound Effects volume that the sound increase when I use the earphones. If you are on the home screen or outside any App, click the side volume rockers. A "Sound Effects" screen will show. Increase the volume there. Or you can locate it inside Settings - General - Sound. Plug in your earphones and play a song, then adjust the music volume.

    Remember you can't have a song playing, when trying to adjust the Sound Effects volume. For some reason, my iPod volume got louder after I adjusted it. Back to the original. Hope that helps.
  17. Seamaster macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2003
    Can anyone explain why the speaker on the iPad 3 is lower volume than the speaker on the iPhone 4S? That makes no sense whatsoever.
  18. Eeko macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2010
    I just bought my iPad 3 and I must say that I am rather disappointed in the speaker volume. Is this common or should I take it back?
  19. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    That was the most important reason I returned my iPad 3 to Apple. The speakers are facing in the wrong direction. Wish or hope that the iPad Mini will be different and have them facing me, not out in no where's vill...... :(

    I know I can insert some nice headphones, but I don't like wearing them.

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