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Does your Samsung Galaxy S4 have sound issues with some headphones?

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Does your Samsung Galaxy S4 have sound issues with some headphones?
There's a growing thread over at the XDA Developers forum revolving around a Samsung Galaxy S4 issue. Some users report crackling sounds when listening to music at high volume levels, but only when a certain pair of earphones is being used. Naturally, the stock earbuds work fine, but plugging in a different headphone set is when the problems arise for a number of Galaxy S4 owners. 

What could be causing the issue? Well, some speculate that it has something to do with the impedance of the earphones being used. While the stock Samsung earbuds provided with the Galaxy S4 have a nominal impedance of 32 ohms or so, the impedance of other headphones could be as low as half as much and could go even lower at certain frequencies. Strangely, some high impedance earphones crackle as well, while some low impedance ones work okay, according to some forum members. In other words, the impedance factor could be only a part of what's causing the crackling sound. 

The Samsung Galaxy S4 variant that's often mentioned as being affected is the GT-I9505 model, which is equipped with a Snapdragon 600 SoC. That's the model which we used while testing a number of earphones for our Adapt Sound article, but didn't encounter any problems at all. Does anyone of you, Samsung Galaxy S4 owners, have any sound quality issues when using non-stock earphones? Let us know in the comments!

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posted on 21 May 2013, 05:38 20

1. therealestboy (Posts: 47; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Mine works just fine.

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:07 23

4. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Samsung admits paying students to lambast rival phones in fake web reviews!!!!!

samsung =FAKED

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:24 9

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Do you feel any difference between review and simple comment? Seems that you don't...

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:34 12

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Their quality control needs some serious improvements as there's a huge rise in complaints regarding quality issues.

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:46 19

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You're seriously going to say Samsung needs better quality control when the Apple iPhone 5 had over 9 major issues the first month of release? Not to mention the Aluminium of the phone is full of scratches and dents prepackaged in the box? Screen freezing for over 5 seconds? Lines appearing through the keyboard?

Pleeeeeaseeeeee.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:59 1

32. zhiae (unregistered)


i have phone shop till now ive seen thuse 1 3g/2g signal drops to no service 1 time every 60 sec
scratch on apple logo back out from box damage to the frame and galaxy had one thing frame quality not good now gs4 is better

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:30 5

41. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


What? -_-

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:51 6

16. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Oh c'mon. Are you a newcomer in this device world??
if i am not mistaken, you are an avid Apple fan.. Did you forget the million million quality issues/scandals of ios devices? These specific issues of Samsung devices are also within the same grounds but within a small range or brought by some factory problems.. Another example is Sony, just visit their forums and you'll read many problems but not all devices are affected.. htc one's build quality issues in xda forums also

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:29 4

24. JulianGT (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


Why do people thumbed you down? It is the truth.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:36 2

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Maybe because it is not exclusive for Samsung, other companies also pay for a fake reviews and maybe because he doesn't feel any difference between review and simple comment?

posted on 21 May 2013, 11:17 2

43. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)


samsung=faked

posted on 21 May 2013, 23:49

50. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


when did they do that?!

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:16 7

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Congratulations? That doesn't eliminate the problem though.

posted on 21 May 2013, 05:47 13

2. nirvana20alstrs (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 May 2013)


well am using a GT-I9500 and using the skullcandy titan headphones and it pretty amazing! the wolfson audio is really awesome! for the people with the qcomm version its better to try adapt sound as stated above! it would really help,

posted on 21 May 2013, 06:46 16

3. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Everyday new issue ... Samsung try to resolve this problems instead of launching everyday a new Galaxy.....

it's better to make a masterpiece than 100 clones ....

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:12 12

6. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Someone's upset over Samsung success this morning. On a positive note the more issues that get reported on the S4 the better the Note 3 will be. No device is bug free. And yes, the Note 3 will be a better device.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:02 9

17. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


samsung's success .... You mean success in producing defective products ......

"On a positive note the more issues that get reported on the S4 the better the Note 3 will be"

you mean to say all the S4 owners are paying premium $800 price for a prototype...to find the flaws and to make the Note III better ...

LOL ...PJ? very bad...

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:14 5

18. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


by success he means samsung galaxy s4 winning the consumer phone of the year so far....please dont bash samsung for no apparent reason then complain how other people are fanboys...idiot.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:24 2

21. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


yeh so far... may not be long.. until they address these issues.....

there is a saying "never argue with an "Idiot",

So no offense...

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:16 1

37. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


haha that was actually very good i was just intending to say i think sammy will fix these problems in a couple of weeks.

posted on 21 May 2013, 16:31 1

47. Nkolsen (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


At least they dont say: nothing wrong with it, you are just holding it correct .......

posted on 21 May 2013, 16:32 1

48. Nkolsen (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


*just NOT holding it correct....

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:40 3

27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


For example Apple has just only one phone and still can't or maybe just don't bother to deal with all its problems...

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:09 10

5. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


And Samsung fans say that HTC had labour problems. Pfffffttt

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:16 3

19. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


just beacuse the S$ has this problem doesnt automatically eliminate the one of all problems......

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:29 7

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 22047; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Haven't heard of this issue.

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:36 7

11. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


No mine has just Lagg and Battery issues..

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:47 10

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


How the hell are you not banned yet?

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:51 3

15. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Because I don't violate the rules of the discussion....
I am on topic and I don't use any bad words...

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:29 7

23. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


" Joke of the Year "

The award goes to Funnyguy for his comment ROFLOL

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