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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but..., 28 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Apple iPod nano 4GB silver (Electronics)
Decided it was finally time to replace my old MP3 player (an ageing Rio something or other, B/W screen, no internal memory all on SD cards) for something more up to date. Looked around and decided that the iPod Nano was perfect for my purposes. It's a brilliant little gadget; easy to use, unobtrusive size, good battery life, iTunes is simplicity itself, can't imagine how you'd get anything better...

but...

...it has a fatal flaw. Apple have decided to limit the volume to a French regulated level which is below what the ipod can achieve; plenty of web forums on this, just look for yourself. This means that on my bike commute to work or anywhere there is even the slightest noise (outside generally!), I can hardly hear it (I can actually hear the sound of my headphones creaking as I'm walking along, over Keith Moons drumming, so no I'm not deaf). Listening to anything other than loud rock music becomes impossible and even that only just audible (forget it if the music is quite detailed). A decent set of noise isolation headphones cost nearly as much as the iPod itself, so not really an option. My wife's has the same problem so not just mine either.

It's great inside the house, perfect, but that's where I use my Hi-Fi so what good is that? I don't live in France so why is my iPod volume dictated by French law? This would truly be a product with a 5 star rating, but it's let down by Apple restricting the product for all of the countries in Europe, because of just one.
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2008 18:44:32 GMT
Re Problems with sound on ipod. To solve this problem right click on the video/audio file in itunes. Go to GET INFO at the top of the menu list. Then click on the OPTIONS tab at the top. Move VOLUME ADJUSTMENT slider to +100%. On the EQUALIZER PRESET menu, set to BASS BOOSTER. Then click OK

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2008 11:14:27 GMT
bobos says:
Sorry, not correct! Moving the VOLUME ADJUSTMENT slider just means that you reach same maximum volume, earlier on the iPods volume slider (basically you reach the same maximum volume about 2/3rds of the way along, after that there is no further increase), it does not increase the actual output. This an an extremely popular and incorrect "solution". Changing the equaliser to BASS BOOSTER only increases the bass level relative to the treble and mid-range - drowning these out - not the maximum volume; I'm not a teenager listening to speed garage in my Vauxhall Nova so why would I want that? Third party software is available for the 2G iPods changing the firmware to the US volume levels, but nothing is (yet) available for the 3G version.

Posted on 13 Feb 2008 10:12:13 GMT
Babaji says:
If you do <get info> when selecting an album in itunes, you can adjust the maximum volume - have you tried that?
There is a way of doing it which you are sure to find on the web if you search.

Posted on 4 Dec 2008 17:41:24 GMT
I've this ipod for over a year it may be slightly late now to tell you but it could just be your headphones. Try in ear bud earphones they work perfectly.

I go to the gym and with machines going, external music playing and people talking; if I have my in-ear earphones I can't hear anything but my music.
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