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Help Headphone Sound Problem


Sep 9, 2011
Picked up my Bionic yesterday (replacing og droid) and love it. Put in headphones this morning and noticed a buzzing sound, especially when pausing a song or with the volume all the way down. Took it back to vz store and they tried 2 more Bionics and they both did it as well. We used 3 different headphones to test. Has anyone else noticed this. I listen to sports talk and music all day at work and this could be deal breaker for me.

Just left another dealer with the same results. I wonder if we could have just gotten a bad batch or something. Start listening to a song and turn the volume all the way down or pause it and it is just an annoying humming/buzzing sound. I guess i will wait a few days and see if a new shipment comes in and see if they are doing it as well. This only happens with headphones. When listening with phone speakers it is fine.

Just did another Google search on "Bionic headphone whine" and there are actually multiple people reporting it now.
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I have this problem as well. I think it will be more noticeable for some. It is a high pitched squeal that is very annoying to me. The best way to hear it is to play a song and lower to volume to 0. Basically the Bionic has a noise floor that is worse than my Asus transformer and droid charge. Its one of the reasons I will be taking it back and switching back to the charge.
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Just came here to say that I have the same problem, very disappointed.

So have we established that not EVERY Bionic has this problem?

Just plugged some headphones into mine to test and can confirm that there is no buzzing or any sound other than music playing. Tried pausing/turning all they down and turning all the way up. Using cheap earbuds.
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I have the constant whine too, but it isn't that bad to be honest. Noticed it when I was listening to a podcast through my phone.

Has anyone tried messing with the audio enhancements in the sound settings to see if turning them on relieved the issue? Perhaps it is a software issue that can be addressed in an update?
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It's not that you will hear it right away, i thought my Bionic was okay but they all do it - at least i have tried 3 others...

Put on headphones or hook up your Bionic to your car stereo or powered speakers via the LINE OUT headphone jack.

Crank up the sound a bit. Play an MP3, youtube video ...

Now pause / stop the youTube clip or mp3 .

You will notice a high pitched whine / noise for about a second and thru my powered speakers or car also a pop (this is the noise that's always there in the background, until the sound engine stops , with material that's louder you don't really notice it, only in quieter passages but it is there and has an overall affect on audio, if you don't notice it then that's good but do the above test and you will - at least when stopping , if you don't listen to lower passages or don't notice it when cranked and are satisfied that's great, wish i didn't care / notice it....

Note - it doesn't matter what brand headphones you are using - just that they are standard phones without any sort of volume deal in between the signal - just normal phones or power speakers / car radio. No EQ/ audio enhancements are enabled on my phone (bass, reverb, etc.)

This is some sort of electronic / electric (not my area) interference with the line out and the audio engine / circuitry . Using the built-in speaker or bluetooth audio there is zero noise .

My Droid, wife's Eris, Blackberry, 5 yr old FUSIC , Sansa mp3 players - none have this issue, totally unacceptable.

I wonder if it can be fixed via a firmware update? if it's interference i don't see how. i don't see how in the world Motorola could let this end up as is ? Especially with the months of delay in the Bionic and then with such an issue ? Insane .

This issue plus the constant auto focusing during videos , CDMA only network dropping (when my Droid, wife's Eris, BBerry all at the same location have zero network issues) - these 2 items alone are enough to return the Bionic, i can't go 2 yrs with a device that cost me $249 , used up my last NE2 upgrade and has these types of issues plus others...... (like the poor slow still camera focusing with an awful glare effect when using the flash, the video auto focus which looks like the video is zooming in and out, the display with the noticeable pixels / dots on gray or white content, the weird scrolling effect, yellow that at best looks like Mustard compared to even my wife's Eris and my OG Droid using the Palette Color test app on each , ......

my orig Droid, i had a few complaints - but nothing major , this is crazy ........ , i so much WISH h could be satisfied with the Bionic as it's fast, i have been waiting 9 months for an upgrade - for a dual core phone with 1G of RAM on verizon (LTE i could care less about at this point as it's not in my direct area, eats up battery and i don't download large amounts of data on my phone, 1.5 mbps 3G is fine).

Really frustrated and will return my 1st phone ever - i so much do NOT want to go back to the Droid as who knows when VZW will have something out worthy of upgrading, Sprint with $99 Photon's or Epic Touches for me and my wife for less than the price of my Bionic - here we go (my wife will be glad to get off of the Eris). VZW / Moto - by putting out a poor product , you wasted my time and money (restocking fee maybe with the audio issue that I can show the VZW reps with powered speakers easily - perhaps with that defect I can get out of the restocking free)

Unless somehow in a couple of days Moto addresses the issues above, it's going back. I do like it for many reasons and want to keep it but i will kick myself for giving in after waiting 9 months and being stuck possibly with the issues above for 2 years ........
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I am hearing this on my Bionic as well. It isn't only when I'm playing media though. I hear it for about 2 seconds every time I click on something on screen, even the home screen.

It seems to only come from the right channel. It is a slight "pop" with a sustained high-pitched whine, which ends in a similar "pop"

I get the feeling that it is whenever something is being loaded from memory. I could be off, but that's the only action which it seems to coincide with.

Its annoying, and only more annoying that it is a $300 phone and not some cheapo mp3 player or something.
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