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    iPhone equalizer
    I have an iPhone 6S Plus and I use it, among other things, to listen to book from Audible.com. I recently purchased a set of bluetooth headphones and I found that, as nice as they are, the sound of the books through the headphones is not very clear and I wanted to try to fix this with an equalizer. There are very many equalizers on the iPhone App Store but all of them mention music and all that I tried (the free ones ) only work for music, not the sound from the Audible player.

    I was wondering if anyone knew of any App Store equalizers that would work for more than just music. I know that it could work because have an old Android phone and one of the equalizers from the Android Play Store lists the apps it works for, including the Audible Player. I would like something like that for the iPhone but worry that I will end up going through a dozen apps, having to pay for all of them, and still not find what I am looking for.

    If anyone knows of any equalizer that is likely to work with the Audible Player on the iPhone I would appreciate hearing about it. Thank you.

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    Have you tried changing the Download Quality setting in the Audible app from Standard to High?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ember1205 View Post
    Have you tried changing the Download Quality setting in the Audible app from Standard to High?
    I have been using high for a long time now so that is not the problem, but thank you for the suggestion.

    I switched to a set of Bose over-ear headphones and the audio sound frequency through the better speakers is much lower than I am comfortable with. I want to boost the treble but the built-in equalizer on the iPhone does nothing to the sound from the Audible app. I assume the equalizer is hooked up to the music player on the iPhone and not to the sound from the Audible app. I have downloaded perhaps 6 free equalizers and they do nothing to control the frequency reproduction from the app. There probably is an equalizer app that will work but I have pretty much run through all of the free ones and, while I don't mind spending money to get an equalizer that would work, I have no idea which one that might be.

    On my old Samsung S5 phone, which still works as an Audible player, I can adjust the controls on several of the free Android equalizer apps and listen to the sound reproduction from the Audible app change, but nothing like that happens on the iPhone.

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    Have you tried setting Treble Boost in Settings/Music/EQ. I'm pretty sure that's a global setting, and not just for the Music app.

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    And a list of choices just in case you missed one, but no sign of the age of the page. There should be a law against that!!!

    https://www.igeeksblog.com/best-equa...r-iphone-ipad/

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinJS View Post
    Have you tried setting Treble Boost in Settings/Music/EQ. I'm pretty sure that's a global setting, and not just for the Music app.
    Yes. I tried both Treble Boost and Spoken Word. Neither made any difference in the sound that I could hear. In fact I ended up just moving from setting to setting in the equalizer page and nothing made any difference I could hear. I am sure it makes a difference in the music, but nothing noticeable for spoken books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    And a list of choices just in case you missed one, but no sign of the age of the page. There should be a law against that!!!

    https://www.igeeksblog.com/best-equa...r-iphone-ipad/
    I had already tried some on that list but also downloaded some I had not tried. Still no luck.

    It could be that the Bose headphones are not really for the spoken word, but only for music, but I can control the sound properly on my Android phone with some of the free equalizers.

    Perhaps I need to contact Audible and ask them how to control the sound on their app. Thanks for all of the research.

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    I wonder if you could get them to work better with your iPhone using some of the info here, but probably ignoring any jailbroken comments:
    http://lifehacker.com/5855746/how-to...ing-experience

    Or even more googling…???:
    https://www.google.ca/search?client=...ctive&start=10






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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    I wonder if you could get them to work better with your iPhone using some of the info here, but probably ignoring any jailbroken comments:
    http://lifehacker.com/5855746/how-to...ing-experience

    Or even more googling…???:
    https://www.google.ca/search?client=...ctive&start=10
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    Interesting because I had not actually done a Google search for an equalizer for the iPhone Audible app and I keep asking myself why I did not. I did repeated searches in the iPhone App Store but never an internet search.

    The articles were interesting (thank you for that) but gave me no information about what might work. I finally sent a help request to Audible asking them directly about any equalizer that will work for the iPhone but don't really expect any help from them. I am beginning to think that the only solution is to use my old Android phone as the playback device for my Audible books. That seems a shame for a variety of reasons including the need to carry two devices, but I have begun to think that is my only real solution.

    Thanks again for your help. If you have any other ideas please post them as I am completely out of them myself.

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    Thanks again for your help. If you have any other ideas please post them as I am completely out of them myself.

    I find it hard to believe that an old Android phone can outperform any iPhone when Apple prides itself on all its media and audio stuff. But maybe they just lost interest.

    I'd probably check with the earplug manufacturer and see if they have some suggestions.

    I also wonder if a set of bluetooth earphones specifically made for dictation use wouldn't give better results than those created for music. Most of the general made for music ones I've tried (seldom, I will admit) all seem to be way to base oriented and boosted for my hearing and taste.

    Good luck with your search and queries.






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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    I find it hard to believe that an old Android phone can outperform any iPhone when Apple prides itself on all its media and audio stuff. But maybe they just lost interest.

    I'd probably check with the earplug manufacturer and see if they have some suggestions.

    I also wonder if a set of bluetooth earphones specifically made for dictation use wouldn't give better results than those created for music. Most of the general made for music ones I've tried (seldom, I will admit) all seem to be way to base oriented and boosted for my hearing and taste.

    Good luck with your search and queries.






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    Apple cares about Apple apps. Audible isn't an Apple app.

    They only give you control over audio WITHIN Apple apps.

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    > I find it hard to believe that an old Android phone can outperform any iPhone when Apple prides itself on all its media and audio stuff. But maybe they just lost interest.

    When I use my earbuds the audio from the iPhone is noticeably better than that from the Samsung, but a bit too high in bass. When I use the earphones the result is just that much more out of balance and there seems to be no way to fix it. The sound is richer in the iPhone, but there is just no way to adjust it.

    > I also wonder if a set of bluetooth earphones specifically made for dictation use wouldn't give better results than those created for music. Most of the general made for music ones I've tried (seldom, I will admit) all seem to be way to base oriented and boosted for my hearing and taste.

    I am not sure about dictation headphones, but I have decided to look for a less music oriented set of earphones. When I was looking I saw comparable BT earphones from Sony, JBL, Beats and some other manufacturers. The demos play music rather than voice and I think the Bose are just too music oriented and, as you say, bass boosted and that is the last thing I need.

    Audible called me back to try to help me fix this problem (a surprise for me) but they also were unable to help. However they did confirm that the audio output from the iPhone app uses its own compression mechanism and is probably not affected by the equalizers available for iTunes. They are still looking into a solution for this problem but I am not expecting that there is much they can do other than incorporate their own equalizer in the app and I don't expect them to overhaul their software because of a problem that the customer service and tech folks said they had not heard about from anyone else.

    I am never sure if it is good thing or not when I hear one of them say something like "I have never heard of that problem from anyone else".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ember1205 View Post
    Apple cares about Apple apps. Audible isn't an Apple app.

    They only give you control over audio WITHIN Apple apps.


    Then why doesn't the iTunes audio work properly for the OP assuming they have tried using that method, but one should never assume:

    How can I use iTunes to listen to my Audible audiobooks?
    http://audible.custhelp.com/app/answ...-audiobooks%3F






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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Then why doesn't the iTunes audio work properly for the OP assuming they have tried using that method, but one should never assume:
    Yes, I had already tried using iBooks for the audible books before I posted. The equalizers still didn't work and I am not sure why. I have to assume that there is something about the compression Audible uses that is causing this issue and that is also what the Audible tech suggested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeFromMesa View Post
    Yes, I had already tried using iBooks for the audible books before I posted. The equalizers still didn't work and I am not sure why. I have to assume that there is something about the compression Audible uses that is causing this issue and that is also what the Audible tech suggested.
    iBooks is not iTunes, though. The article is about using iTunes for audio books.

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