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Initial post: Nov 19, 2011, 3:59:34 PM PST
Ann Snow says:
My main problem with the Kindle Fire is the sound. For games etc. the sound is quite loud and can be lowered. But when watching movies, it is hard to hear the dialogue with the sound set on its highest level. I don't have a hearing problem but I wish there was some way to increase the sound on an individual movie slider and I also wish you could maximize the screen picture, as you can do on a computer. Does anyone else have this problem with sound?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011, 4:04:14 PM PST
Where are you getting the movies in question? Anything I've streamed from Amazon has been full-wide screen. You can access the volume control while the movie is playing...is it all the way up?

My opinion is that the speakers aren't loud enough in some settings, and possibly some shows/movies will vary as well. I had a tv show streaming the other day while in my kitchen, and if I ran water, I couldn't hear the audio very well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011, 4:12:07 PM PST
Ann Snow says:
I streamed a movie with Julia Roberts and The Last of the Mohegans.......both from Amazon. Neither filled the entire Kindle Fire screen and I did have the sound at the loudest level. I would have liked to be able to increase it to a higher level. I am now wondering if the sound would be louder using earphones. When I stream movies to the computer or the TV set, each movie has its own sound bar that can be increased and each movie can be magnified to fill the screen.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012, 10:10:56 PM PST
ECat says:
Kindle fire sound is very disappointing on music- really pretty awful. It is barely audible at the middle setting.
At the maximum setting, it is just audible. Have not tried movies as the sound has to be even worse
I have no problem with my hearing
Very disappointing

Posted on Jan 5, 2012, 10:11:49 PM PST
ECat says:
Kindle fire sound is very disappointing on music- really pretty awful. It is barely audible at the middle setting.
At the maximum setting, it is just audible. Have not tried movies as the sound has to be even worse
I have no problem with my hearing
Very disappointing

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012, 1:26:21 AM PST
C. Scilley says:
I use either a speaker, headphones, or earbuds. I own all of these, so I use the item that works for the moment.
Carolyn

Posted on Jan 6, 2012, 2:18:19 AM PST
Eric135 says:
When listening to podcasts on my Kindle, they are pretty loud. Loud enough that I can even hear music while taking a shower (spoken podcasts, not so much).

I read somewhere (either Lifehacker dot com or How to Geek dot com) about putting small post it notes on the back of the kindle, behind where the speakers are, that the post-it's help project the sound forward. It actually works pretty well when in a pinch.

When I work in my office, I prop my kindle against the screen of my open laptop, which I notice does the same thing, projecting sound forward.

Netflix movies are very hard to hear, unless the room is very silent. But I notice the movies I get from Amazon and my Ultraviolet digital copies are louder.

I've been plugging a pair of old computer speakers into the Kindle, and they are pretty loud and they don't need to be plugged in. I don't have any, but I'll bet the corded computer speakers would be even louder. Or maybe even this:

X-Mini II XAM4-B Portable Capsule Speaker, Mono, Black

Eric | Phoenix AZ

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012, 2:25:16 AM PST
C. Scilley says:
This is the mini speaker that I have. It works really well.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052NAPJG/ref=oh_o03_s00_i00_details
Carolyn

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012, 2:57:12 AM PST
Ann Snow says:
I find that people ask me about the Kindle Fire and when I show it to them and play music or show them that you can watch movies, the sound is too low. I don't carry earbuds or speakers around with me when I take it with me. I just think that Amazon should think about updating the sound in the Kindle Fire. Sometimes I sit at the gallery and I think its a little rude to have earbuds in your ear. If I am watching a movie or listening to music at home, the earbuds are fine ..........but a pain in the neck if you need to move about doing other things like answering the phone.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012, 3:06:38 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
Ann, when you are showing someone your Fire and playing some music for them, are you in a really noisy area? If I turn the sound up all the way when playing music it's plenty loud. Perhaps you have a faulty device and should contact Kindle customer support for a replacement?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012, 3:14:39 AM PST
Ann Snow says:
Last time I was showing it off, I was in a woman's office and it was quiet. I have the sound on my Kindle all the way up and it is not very loud. It is better with earbuds but as I said, I don't carry them with me. When I watch movies, usually I cannot hear the conversations and I'm not sure if it is the quality of the movie or the problem with the speakers. I have been watching Foyle's War, for instance and do need earbuds except sometimes. Now that I think more about it, the sound level varies quite a bit and it is always on the highest level. I love the Kindle Fire and I show it off to everyone........but I am really disappointed in the sound. You may be right......maybe my Fire needs to be replaced.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012, 3:21:41 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
Yes, that doesn't seem right. I keep the sound level at less than half on mine so that general sounds from things like games and notifications aren't too loud. If it was all the way up it would definately be too loud.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012, 3:43:54 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2012, 4:22:17 AM PST
Click on the settings button and then go to "more" and submit feed back on the poor speaker quality. Amazon should then improve the next generation Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012, 7:27:22 AM PST
Ann Snow says:
Thank you. I just sent feedback to Amazon.com.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012, 11:33:52 PM PST
Both my daughter and I are having the low sound problem. The sound should be set higher than most movies, TV shows etc. need. You can always turn down the sound, but you can't turn it up with the setting on most of the Kindle Fires. Some movies, especially older ones, don't have very loud sound but with a higher factory setting that would be solved. When I complained about it to Amazon, they were very nice, but I was told that I had to set my Kindle Fire back to factory settings to see if they could fix it. What a pain! I have tons of things on mine that I downloaded from my computer and that means I have to upload them back to my computer. Everything on the my kindle will be removed. I can get back the aps and books I paid for, but again what a paint! I don't think all this, will do any good, however.
Outside of the sound problem, and when I use my great earphones, I still love my Kindle Fire!

DottyinCA

Posted on Feb 18, 2012, 8:48:45 AM PST
Karen Walker says:
This app has worked quite well for me
Volume+
I had similar problems, since I dwn loaded this volume app all is well.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2012, 9:26:30 AM PST
Ann Snow says:
This sounds promising. I just wondered if you download it to your computer and then transfer it to the Kindle fire or can you download it directly to the Kindle Fire. I would love to stop using the ear plugs.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012, 9:37:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2012, 9:39:55 AM PST
Mary Ellison says:
Are you sure you don't have some hearing loss? Anyone who has played music at high volume in the past has some hearing impairment. That can be a problem with an instrument that has a limited volume capability. Using ear phones can help some. You can also feed the audio into a amplifier to boost the sound.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012, 9:42:06 AM PST
see also this current thread: http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdThread=Tx2KU2AXYBKNAMH

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2012, 10:07:58 AM PST
Ann Snow says:
No....I don't have a hearing problem. My Kindle Fire has very poor sound.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2012, 10:10:15 AM PST
Ann Snow says:
No....I don't have a hearing problem. My Kindle Fire has very poor sound.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2012, 10:13:57 AM PST
Ann Snow says:
Is the actual price 1.44 or is it 144.00? It says 1.44.......... one dollar and 44 cents.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2012, 1:15:02 PM PST
This app really has helped my low sound a lot. If you aren't getting results, please try these steps and see if it helps.

Open the NOISE app. Open VOLUME LEVEL, and to start with, set it to a number #7. It says if you go too high for too long, it could damage the speakers. That's why after the #7 it says "careful". You can go higher. However, if it's too high, it can distort the sound, and it also can damage the speakers over a period of time if it is way too high. So work up carefully, one number at a time, and check the sound on the same movie or TV program each time you raise it. I ended up at a 10, which is really good.

I hope this helps some of you.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2012, 2:59:51 PM PST
Karen Walker says:
It is $1.44 and I bought it from the app store from my Fire. I think you will be much happier with the sound quality.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2012, 5:51:19 PM PST
I posted some steps when using the app earlier but have also discovered how to make the sound even louder.

After setting the volume level, go to Virtual Room and raise that level. I now have my settings at 13 for volume level and 5 for virtual room. I also went down to the Speaker Modifications area, enabled it and moved any of the sliders that showed some orange to all white. Then I disabled the Speaker Modifications. You can also enhance the Bass Enhance level. Mine is set at 6.
This app was made for android phones which would not want to go that high because the smaller speakers might have problems. But as high as I have it, there is no speech distortion at all. The sound doesn't seem to be high enough to injure the Kindle speakers. You can also go to the EQ settings and hit Spoken Word, for things like TV and movies. And that seems to make them much clearer. For music you would want different settings. I hope this helps.
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