#1
Alright, I changed my mp3 players from a Sony NWZ-A818 [Awesome in every way, but not enough space for my music] to a Sony NWZ-E445 [the current model].

Basically, the new model has a hell of a lot less volume then the original. Both go up to 30, but the original on 22 sounds like the new on 30. AVLS is disabled [unless, it is enabled still?], and I EQ'd it to give me more volume .
But it's still relatively quiet.
I hear many reviewers mention how quiet it is. Some say it's due to EU regulations [BS?].

Anyway, anyone know any solutions?
Any hacks for more volume, and extension wires to boost volume?

Thanks.
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Last edited by Simsimius at Dec 26, 2009,
#2
Are you using the stock earphones? Better earphones will help quite well. High quality, easier to drive earphones will help increase the volume and the levels of bass and detail. The volume increase may not be much, but the increased quality will make up for that. Try AKG earphones, Goldring GX200s or Sennheiser PMX200s. Anything less than the PMX200 isn't worth it with Sennheiser. Especially the MX90s.
#3
Quote by ChucklesMginty
Buy some Sennheiser in ear headphones,

I've never needed to turn my Creative above 4 when I'm at home, or 113 or so on a bus. That is, I'm assuming you're using ear buds. I think they cost around £20, I can't remember the exact model. But a similar type will definitely help a lot.


Quote by Deliriumbassist
Are you using the stock earphones? Better earphones will help quite well. High quality, easier to drive earphones will help increase the volume and the levels of bass and detail. The volume increase may not be much, but the increased quality will make up for that. Try AKG earphones, Goldring GX200s or Sennheiser PMX200s. Anything less than the PMX200 isn't worth it with Sennheiser. Especially the MX90s.


I'm using Sennheiser CX300II.
The newer model Sony has amazing sound quality, and the CX helps [my older one was a bit too bassy with the CX]. The CX is less then the PMX, but it sounds great.

And both were using the same earphones.
Although, I admit, I'm listening to it now and it's pretty decent, but it's cranked up to full and I can't turn it any higher.
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Last edited by Simsimius at Dec 26, 2009,
#4
Quote by ChucklesMginty
Buy some Sennheiser in ear headphones,

I've never needed to turn my Creative above 4 when I'm at home, or 113 or so on a bus. That is, I'm assuming you're using ear buds. I think they cost around £20, I can't remember the exact model. But a similar type will definitely help a lot.



^^^^^
do this, theyre £15 on play and theyre loud as shit
#5
In that case, I'm going to guess that either the impedance or the wattage of the player is higher or lower respectively for your new player. If the wattage is lower, the player won't drive the earphone speakers as well. Unfortunately Sony doesn't list the impedence or wattage values for their products, so I can't be sure.
#6
In ear headphones or the type that cover the whole of your ear should help because they block out more noise from the surroundings so the volume doesn't have to be as loud.
#7
Quote by Deliriumbassist
In that case, I'm going to guess that either the impedance or the wattage of the player is higher or lower respectively for your new player. If the wattage is lower, the player won't drive the earphone speakers as well. Unfortunately Sony doesn't list the impedence or wattage values for their products, so I can't be sure.


Ah, that could be it.
If it was lower, any solutions?
If not, I'll just have to keep it cranked, and do without having an extra 'omph' when needed. The sound quality makes up for it.

Quote by 12345abcd3
In ear headphones or the type that cover the whole of your ear should help because they block out more noise from the surroundings so the volume doesn't have to be as loud.


That's not the point.
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- Arbiter LP Jr. Doublecut
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- Laney VC15

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#8
Quote by Simsimius
Ah, that could be it.
If it was lower, any solutions?
If not, I'll just have to keep it cranked, and do without having an extra 'omph' when needed. The sound quality makes up for it.



You could always cary around a power amp, but that isn't practical. Without knowing the output and the impedence, nothing comes to my mind. I could find out at work tomorrow- I work at a home cinema/ hi-fi specialist store.
#9
Quote by Deliriumbassist
You could always cary around a power amp, but that isn't practical. Without knowing the output and the impedence, nothing comes to my mind. I could find out at work tomorrow- I work at a home cinema/ hi-fi specialist store.


I can cope with it cranked - it's decent enough for sitting on my own.
Tomorrow I'll try it out in other settings I use it in. If it doesn't hold up there, I'll ask you to see if that's the problem. Thanks.
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Guitar:
- Ibanez S670FM w/ JB
- Fender 'Lite Ash' Stratocaster
- Fender '72 Deluxe Telecaster
- Arbiter LP Jr. Doublecut
Amp:
- Laney VC15

'72 Tele Appreciation Group
RIP DIO
#10
There are regulations about volume, the new iPods are quieter than the old ones aswell.

Try different headphones. If that doesn't work, you should be able to find a program to hack your mp3 and uncap the volume.
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#11
Quote by rabidguitarist
There are regulations about volume, the new iPods are quieter than the old ones aswell.

Try different headphones. If that doesn't work, you should be able to find a program to hack your mp3 and uncap the volume.


Yeah, I thought it could be that.
Same thing with other headphones though.
Kinda sucks, as there's a few albums where the volume is so low it just isn't fun listen to it. Sure, I can hear it all fine, but it's just not 'present' enough for me.

And, I've searched but can't find any program that can hack into the mp3 player and boost the volume. Any tips for finding one?

EDIT: Would it just be worth getting a volume booster for my headphones? Just for when I want an extra kick.
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Quote by Doppelgänger
You could always just sleep beside your refrigerator.

Guitar:
- Ibanez S670FM w/ JB
- Fender 'Lite Ash' Stratocaster
- Fender '72 Deluxe Telecaster
- Arbiter LP Jr. Doublecut
Amp:
- Laney VC15

'72 Tele Appreciation Group
RIP DIO
Last edited by Simsimius at Dec 27, 2009,
#12
Hello,
Regarding the low volume that you have with your Sony player, I had the same problem and ended up going to www.iheadphones.co.uk and bought a headphone amplifier for £16.00, it comes with all the leads plus a usb charger cable and boy what a big improvement. the name of the amplifier is Fiio, you should buy one as you won't regret it.
I also tried to get a hold of the un cap hack but nobody seems to be able to direct those looking for this to the correct site, this amp will work with any head phone and can also be used with your PC or laptop.
Last edited by jimba1102 at Nov 10, 2011,