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

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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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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66 Comments

1. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

Mine works just fine.

4. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

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

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

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

41. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

What? -_-

16. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 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

24. JulianGT

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

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

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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?

43. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

samsung=faked

50. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

when did they do that?!

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Congratulations? That doesn't eliminate the problem though.

2. nirvana20alstrs

Posts: 2; Member since: May 21, 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,

3. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 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 ....

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

17. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 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...

18. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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.

21. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 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...

37. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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.

47. Nkolsen

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

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

48. Nkolsen

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

*just NOT holding it correct....

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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...

5. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

And Samsung fans say that HTC had labour problems. Pfffffttt

19. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31541; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Haven't heard of this issue.

11. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

No mine has just Lagg and Battery issues..

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How the hell are you not banned yet?

15. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

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

23. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

" Joke of the Year " The award goes to Funnyguy for his comment ROFLOL

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