Question Why can't I get sound quality right playing from my phone?

tommitches

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I have a arcam a75 and monitor audio speakers. When playing from turntable via amp the sound quality is great. When I plug my phone in via aux I can't get the sound right at all. Toggling phono/line, trying diff inputs etc
Any ideas of what is wrong?
 
You have a headphone output on the phone? Does it sound ok on headphones?

Where is the music - stored on the phone or streamed?

Are the volume levels similar to the records, as overly high output from phone could clip the input on the amplifier?
 
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Sound is fine with headphones from my phone.
I've used various sources from my phone - often streaming from soundcloud/spotify
Re volume levels if I keep the same input as turntable it's either no volume or what seems like the right volume but wayy too bass-y, depending on phono/line toggle
Other inputs all seem to be barely any sound mostly
 
Sound is fine with headphones from my phone.
I've used various sources from my phone - often streaming from soundcloud/spotify
Re volume levels if I keep the same input as turntable it's either no volume or what seems like the right volume but wayy too bass-y, depending on phono/line toggle
Other inputs all seem to be barely any sound mostly
Ah, well way too bassy is you using the wrong input! Never use the phono input except for a magnetic cartridge source. It has massive equalisation - look up RIAA curve - to boost bass and cut treble. It’s a mirror image of how records are manufactured.

Use a spare line input - typically labelled Line, TapeIn, Tuner, CD etc. . Then turn up the phone volume to yield similar loudness yo the record/phono source.

Are you using a 3.5mm stereo Jack to twin RCA phono cable?
 
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I have a arcam a75 and monitor audio speakers. When playing from turntable via amp the sound quality is great. When I plug my phone in via aux I can't get the sound right at all. Toggling phono/line, trying diff inputs etc
Any ideas of what is wrong?
Not clear what the issue is. Where are you plugging the phone in? should use CD, Tape, DVD, AUX, basically anything but Phono.

That should sound OK. Your limitation will be the rubbish DAC that phones tend to have. If you have a USB (or iphone equivalent) out, you could connect that to a DAC such as an Audioquest Dragonfly, or Cyrus Soundkey.

Finally, you could forget the phone and use a streamer such as a WiiM Mini. This will stream directly from your wifi, and just use your phone as a controller.
 

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Not clear what the issue is. Where are you plugging the phone in? should use CD, Tape, DVD, AUX, basically anything but Phono.

That should sound OK. Your limitation will be the rubbish DAC that phones tend to have. If you have a USB (or iphone equivalent) out, you could connect that to a DAC such as an Audioquest Dragonfly, or Cyrus Soundkey.

Finally, you could forget the phone and use a streamer such as a WiiM Mini. This will stream directly from your wifi, and just use your phone as a controller.
How can you improve the sound quality when connecting a phone to an audio system, and what alternatives exist if you want to avoid using the phone as the primary audio source?
 

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Q:Why can't I get sound quality right playing from my phone.​

A: because it is a crap type of output you're using and also the dac in the phone is also pretty crap..
I would suggest a external dac and using a decent output stage, or just buy a wiim pro plus and all your problems will be solved.
 

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Q:Why can't I get sound quality right playing from my phone.​

A: because it is a crap type of output you're using and also the dac in the phone is also pretty crap..
I would suggest a external dac and using a decent output stage, or just buy a wiim pro plus and all your problems will be solved.
Is this still another wiiim bot? ;)
 

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