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post #151 of 729
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Originally Posted by h-man View Post

Had this phone for about 2 weeks now. Live the build quality,screen etc. Find the SQ also to be very good but when listening at low volumes through the Shure SE535 can definitely hear the noise floor hiss that is common to many android phones. The iPhone 5s on the other hand sounds perfectly black to my ears FWIW.

A shame. I thought this might be the one for my 846s.
post #152 of 729

Viper4Android (V4A) fixes all of the noise issues with my older Android devices including a Galaxy Player 5, Galaxy S2, and Note 3 (which all had hissing, clicking, and artifact issues in the beginning). The problem here is the HTC One (M8) is a new phone. I don't know if V4A is KitKat ready or compatible with other software on the One. . An even bigger issue is whether to potentially void your new phone warranty to root and install V4A.

post #153 of 729

@truckdriver Page 7

 

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Originally Posted by Migou67 View Post
 

Viper4Android work on the M8 !

 

Both FX 2.3.2.6 and XHiFi 2.1.0.2 confirmed working on HTC One M8. Push as system app
 

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2191223&page=1249

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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
 

Hopefully problem solved :)

 

Rooted, cleared LPA / Audio Tunnelling, installed newest version of Viper4Android...

 

Holy moly, thought it was good (popping aside) before... now...

 

:D


Edited by Migou67 - 4/15/14 at 7:35am
post #154 of 729
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I thought even after that Duncan was still saying there was issues? Or was that something different?

 

Did V4A solve your issues? If so, I'm going to go listen to the One today.

post #155 of 729
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Originally Posted by truckdriver View Post
 

 

I thought even after that Duncan was still saying there was issues? Or was that something different?

 

Did V4A solve your issues? If so, I'm going to go listen to the One today.

Please keep us updated. I'm OCD about that hiss on the noise floor!

post #156 of 729
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Originally Posted by truckdriver View Post
 

Viper4Android (V4A) fixes all of the noise issues with my older Android devices including a Galaxy Player 5, Galaxy S2, and Note 3 (which all had hissing, clicking, and artifact issues in the beginning). The problem here is the HTC One (M8) is a new phone. I don't know if V4A is KitKat ready or compatible with other software on the One. . An even bigger issue is whether to potentially void your new phone warranty to root and install V4A.

Gosh!

 

If i do not root i do have to cope with hiss, clicks and artifacts on the background ? On current Android top dogs? My avatar suits fine to this nonsense.

 

Once again i'll end up sticking to the headphone out of my iPhone. Story of my (cellphone) life.

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For those of you that have experienced hissing on low volumes have you tried using a sound level attenuator? I've been using one on my M7 with my tf10 and it works great.
post #158 of 729
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Originally Posted by elfary View Post
 

Gosh!

 

If i do not root i do have to cope with hiss, clicks and artifacts on the background ? On current Android top dogs? My avatar suits fine to this nonsense.

 

Once again i'll end up sticking to the headphone out of my iPhone. Story of my (cellphone) life.

 

Well, I think these noise issues are mainly with sensitive IEMs. Rooting is as easy these days downloading the software to your computer and connecting your phone and pressing a few buttons. I don't think it took 5 minutes total. The hard part is finding the settings you like in Viper4Android. You do have options.

 

An iPhone is fine. The Note 3 is a much bigger and versatile handheld.  I have an iPod Touch 5G. It sounds okay. The Note 3 sounds better with a broader deeper soundstage.

post #159 of 729
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For those of you that have experienced hissing on low volumes have you tried using a sound level attenuator? I've been using one on my M7 with my tf10 and it works great.

 

I didn't see your post until I already posted, but you are correct. I always use a volume attenuator so I sometimes forget to mention it. I use the Shure ones that came with my 535 and 846. If you turn the volume all the way up on the player and use the attenuator to control the volume, it eliminates the artifact sounds and some of the other feedback noises.

post #160 of 729

Surprisingly good sound!  I didn't even think to use my new phone for audio but plugged in my Senn HD25 (Aluminum) yesterday on a walk.  Strong volume, esp. given the impedance of these phones.  Bass was a bit lacking but better than in any smartphone I've had before.  Ran it through the new MediaMonkey android player.  While it won't be my first choice for on the go listening (see below) it will be a great alternative when I need to have a small footprint.  Thanks for the head up!

post #161 of 729
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For those of you that have experienced hissing on low volumes have you tried using a sound level attenuator? I've been using one on my M7 with my tf10 and it works great.

The use of that resistance skews the frequency response of the balanced armature iem and is not recommended. At least by Westone engineers (who told me about that).

post #162 of 729
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Originally Posted by elfary View Post
 

The use of that resistance skews the frequency response of the balanced armature iem and is not recommended. At least by Westone engineers (who told me about that).

Yeah... attenuation like that can mess up the response by quite a large margin. It's essentially increasing the output impedance seen by the headphones, and input impedance seen by the phone.

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You guys just talkin' theoretically or do you have some actual impedance numbers on the attenuator?  It is obvious (by inclusion) that the Shure people would disagree about the effects.

post #164 of 729
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Originally Posted by redneb View Post

For those of you that have experienced hissing on low volumes have you tried using a sound level attenuator? I've been using one on my M7 with my tf10 and it works great.

Can you point me to the type of attenuator you are referring to? Any particular model you'd recommend?

post #165 of 729
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Originally Posted by Roscoeiii View Post
 

Can you point me to the type of attenuator you are referring to? Any particular model you'd recommend?

I'm using the one that came with my TF10, I believe it adds 100ohms which I think is a little much but it works. The downside to the adapter is the dampened output, which makes the music seem less lively. I use Noozxoide from the app store to help compensate. It's not a 100% but it sure beats hearing the hiss.

If it matters I use FLAC that has been converted to 320 kbps (damn M7 has no microsd slot!).

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