Hi, This topic is a quick follow up to the bug report I filed using the recommended google form. Basically :playback (whatever music style / file format /lossy / lossless / anything that plays in Poweramp) on the new Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is horrible. There is a background noise / noise floor (i'm not sure what's the proper audiogeek wording) which occures. Edit : forgot to mention it disabling "Direct Volume Control" removes this noise problem (but also reduces the sound stage and overall sound quality, which is why I use Poweramp in the first place) I am using Westone W60 IEMs so background noise is of course pretty audible when it occures (I'm coming from a Samsung Galaxy Nexus ; Poweramp never EVER generated such a high level of noise floor on my old device) Any other player app (tested : sony's preinstalled Walkman / Google Play Music / MX Player) do not output such noise. I'm getting my phone replaced just to be sure it is not hardware fault. However, it has been confirmed on XDA by someone else. (see link below) Also, I talk about the issue in this XDA thread : http://forum.xda-developers.com/z3-compact/help/horrendeous-noize-t2935150 Please fix !! Can provide any log / debug info if required. Thanks in advance.