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    Quote Originally Posted by Ember1205 View Post
    iBooks is not iTunes, though. The article is about using iTunes for audio books.
    What I did was attach my iPhone to my Mac and select it using iTunes. I then downloaded a book from Audible, added it to the iTunes library and copied it over to iBook. That allowed me to listen to the book using iBook. I am not aware of any way to use iTunes directly on the iPhone to listen to Audible books and neither was the Audible tech but perhaps I am missing something.

    I have looked over the web page at the link and it seemed to be about listening to books on the computer. My issue has to do with using the iPhone.

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    Good point.

    Might be worth (if you haven't already) downloading the same book into iTunes and listening to it through iTunes on your computer using your headset. That should help you to validate that the issue is, in fact, something about the audio controls on the iPhone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ember1205 View Post
    Good point.

    Might be worth (if you haven't already) downloading the same book into iTunes and listening to it through iTunes on your computer using your headset. That should help you to validate that the issue is, in fact, something about the audio controls on the iPhone.
    That seemed like a good idea so I opened iTunes on my Mac and played the book I had already imported into iTunes when I added it to my iPhone. I then opened the iTunes equalizer and, without any problem, I could control the playback frequency mix and boost the treble and reduce the bass. Works well on the Mac and it is too bad that I can not get this to work on the iPhone.

    It is too bad that I can not just carry my Mac around with me and use it to listen to the books but, besides the trouble of carrying it around, I would need a very long electric cord ...

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    For what it is worth:

    I returned the Bose headphones and replaced them with the JBL equivalent because the spoken word was easier to understand with the JBLs. I would not just post that statement as it offers no insight into this problem, but the JBLs referenced an App Store app (My JBL Headphones) which contains an equalizer that does adjust the sound in the headphones. I am unsure as of this time whether or not it will adjust the sound for other headphones as it requires that the headphones be connected and the app understand that they are connected before you can access the equalizer and I have to figure out how to do that with some of the simple BT earbuds I have. Still, I thought it might help anyone who is facing a problem like this if I let people know that there is an app that will modify the frequency mix of Audible books, if only with a specific make of headphone.

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    It will never happen
    When Amazon bought Audible, the iOS app was allowed to become a dinosaur. When looking through Audible to find a good book, I cannot buy it from the Audible app. Id like to think Im doung something wrong, but I have never been able to purchase a book from the iOS Audible app. A notice in the Audible app tells me, How to purchase this book; this is a set of instructions telling me to purchase it from Amazon; then switch back to Audible to read the book I located in Audible. Weird.

    Thats a poor user experience, and Im sure many audiobooks are left wanted, but not purchased, thanks to the dog and pony show. Before the developers can even consider how to create an EQ, they first must make the iOS version of Audible a standalone application.
    Last edited by MacDelta; 01-24-2018 at 03:36 AM. Reason: Spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeFromMesa View Post
    ...boost the treble and reduce the bass. Works well on the Mac and it is too bad that I can not get this to work on the iPhone.

    It is too bad that I can not just carry my Mac around ...
    Mike, just wanted to revive an old thread to send a quick FYI. You don't have to carry around your Mac .
    The "Late Night" setting for the iPhone/iOS Music equalizer (Settings > Music > EQ > Late Night) is actually the only one that DOES work on audio output aside from just Music. It's a dynamic range compressing function that mostly levels vol, but I've found it does help a bit with bass reduction. It's not super dramatic, but it does help.
    Best bet is good headphones, as it sounds like you've discovered. I've become more and more careful about checking the sound profile on headphones before buying, because there's a trend toward more bass = more buyers (mainly due to music genre popularity).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TChilli View Post
    The "Late Night" setting for the iPhone/iOS Music equalizer (Settings > Music > EQ > Late Night) is actually the only one that DOES work on audio output aside from just Music. It's a dynamic range compressing function that mostly levels vol, but I've found it does help a bit with bass reduction. It's not super dramatic, but it does help.
    Thank you for that information. I had no idea that there was any way to get the iPhone equalizer to adjust the sound other than the regular equalizer, and that did not work for audible books.

    I was so concerned about my ability to adjust the highs and lows that I replaced my Apple phone with an android phone some time ago. It does not have this restriction and, interestingly enough, the android Audible app provides more control over playback than the IOS version. However my wife still has an iPhone and I will try this on her phone. Thanks for updating this thread and letting me know.

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