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  1. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 and I listen to music using a pair of Sony MDR-ZX330BT headphones. My problem is that I can't get the volume to go as loud as I'd like. At full volume, it is very loud. But I'd still like it to go a little louder and I'd like to ask a few questions. Is the volume of the music primarily due to the headphones or the smart phone? For those of you who may not know, the Sony MDR-ZX330BT headphones are Bluetooth (wireless) and I bought them for approx $100. Here are the specs: http://www.sony.com/electronics/headband-headphones/mdr-zx330bt/specifications Sony sells more expensive Bluetooth headphones. Their MDR10RBT sell for about $250. Would those headphones likely give me louder volume? http://www.staples.ca/en/Sony-MDR10...-with-Microphone/product_1015818_2-CA_1_20001 There are also other headphones for sale for $500 like these: http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product...spx?path=ed86ca7a38b48d6a510774cf41b229cben02 When I look in Specifications for headphones, I can't see anything that would indicate just how high the volume would be. With speakers, they list the "watts" and that seems to indicate just how much volume the speakers will produce. But how can I guage how loud a pair of headphones will be? Or do I need to be looking at a different smart phone instead? Poweramp has several settings that control the maximum volume. I have explored them all. There is one setting called "Preamp Replay Gain" and that makes a huge difference to the maximum volume. But I have set it at maximum and when I increase the volume past a certain level, the sound begins to crackles. I should also say that I have tried the setting called "Limit" and it controls the limit of the volume to prevent crackling. I have tried it both on and off and it works fine. But I still can't get the volume to go as loud as I'd like. Can anyone give me any info? Do I need to buy new headphones? Or maybe a new smart phone? I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get more volume.
  2. AHA! SUCCESS! -- I am so happy! These are the moments that I enjoy so much with Poweramp. Not only did I learn a new concept - thanks to you Andre - but that concept is related to several others which increases my understanding of all of them. It is so nice to have that control now. I now understand the difference between the songs in the queue and those in the list of songs to be played. Although I still don't know the correct name of that group of songs and I sure would like to. After all, it must have a name. Doesn't it? When I have some songs in my queue and I select a folder, Poweramp begins to play that folder. Now the settings that deal with the queue and the libraries and folders all make sense to me and I feel very good about that. I love it when I understand a new concept and that enables me to piece together several other related concepts. It increases my overall understanding of Poweramp by more than just that single concept becasuse that concept (in this case, the diff between song names taken from the file name vs the song name taken from the tag) impacts several other concepts and so I now understand a few more related concepts. At this rate I believe that one day I will have a good overall understanding. But my understanding today is very much better than it was even just a few days ago. I thank you so very much Andre. I'm very happy. I love Poweramp. It's one of my most favorite apps.
  3. Hmmm .... very interesting. A FULL Rescan versus a normal rescan. I have no idea what either of those are. I'm guessing that is probably a real good reason why I can't seem to see the info I expect. LOL. I have never done any rescans since I don't know what they are. I will now search through the settings and other menus to see if I can spot where scans are done and I will try that. I hope I can find it. Thanks Andre. I'll let you know if I can't find how to do a rescan.
  4. Thank you Andre. Unfortunately, I can't seem to understand just what this Settings Option does. (Filename as Title). I have entered the Tag info and checked it on my Desktop. But I've been trying to see the song names - using the file name or the info from the Tags. However, I've tried many times to set this option and examine my Queue and then I've cleared this option and examined my Queue again. The results just seem random. Sometimes it shows the file names and sometimes it shows the names from the tag. And it seems to be completely unrelated to how this option is set. I can't understand what is going on. It's as if this option has no effect. But worse than that, it seems like Poweramp just randomly decides to use the file names sometimes and the tag info sometimes and it has nothing to do with whether this option is checked or not. I thought maybe it might operate one way when I list the songs in my Queue but a different way when I list songs in a folder or in a Play List or some other way. But I can't seem to find any consistency. Do you have any idea what might be going wrong? Also I want to ask what the name is for the list of songs that I may have selected to be played but that I have not yet enqueued. For instance, when you look at Poweramp's main Player screen, there is one icon at the top of the screen and if you tap it, it displays the songs in the Queue. But there is another icon at the bottom of the screen and usually when I tap that one, I am shown a list of the songs that I selected to be played but are not yet in the Queue. What do you call that group of songs? To try to clarify, if I go into the folders and tap on one specific album, Poweramp will play the songs in that album but they are not put into the Queue until I enqueue them. I can see that list of songs by tapping the icon at the bottom of the Player screen. But can you tell me what the name is for that roup of songs? Also, sometimes when I tap the icon near the bottom of the Player screen, Poweramp will show me that list of songs (the ones that are playing but not yet enqueued). But sometimes it will show me the songs in the Queue instead. Can you tell me why it behaves this way and how I can contol which icon will display which list? I
  5. Thank you. Is their anyway I can access the Tag info directly from Poweramp? If not, is there any way I can access it from any existing utility on my Samsung Galaxy S4? Or do I have to do that using my PC and then transfer the files to my phone? It's by no means a real problem. It would just make things a little more convenient.
  6. I store all my music files on my Windows Desktop PC and that is the primary source of my files. From there I transfer them to my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and use Poweramp to play them. I'd like to begin by asking if anyone can explain what is meant by Poweramp's use of the term "Player Screen/Notification"? When I start Poweramp, it dispays a menu with the standard "Start/Pause, Fast Forward and Rewind" buttons. I would assume this screen is the "Player Screen". But what is meant by "Notification"? Is it the same screen or is there some separate screen? I don't understand from where Poweramp gets the file names it displays when I show the Queue or any other list of songs. I would think the logical source of those names would be the names of the files as they are listed in Windows Explorer - in other words, just the names of the files as Windows knows them. I think Poweramp refers to each of those names as "Track Filename". To try and explain further, these names usually end with the file extension ".mp3". There is one option in the Settings menu. If you click on ... Settings -> Look & Feel -> Player UI, there is an option titled, "Filename as Title - Use track filename instead of tag in Player Screen/Notification". I understand a little bit about MP3 Tags. I use them when playing music with Winamp on my Desktop PC. I can set the MP3 tags with Winamp. But, when I need to set those tags for multiple files, Winamp is just too slow. It only does one file at a time. However, I have found an excellent utility called, "MP3tag". If anyone wants to try it, Google "download mp3tag freeware". When I tried that, I found the following site: www.mp3tag.de/en/download.html But the strangest thing happens. When I check that option, Poweramp works just fine. It displays the song names by using the file names. But when I clear that option, Poweramp displays names that are similar to the file names. But are a little different. They still have the ".mp3" extension. But there are some extra numbers in the middle of the names ... like "0904" and I have no idea what that means. I checked and confirmed there is only one name for that particular song on my hard drive. So, from where does Poweramp get the name it is displaying when I clear that option? It's not getting them from my original file names. This has been a mystery to me since I first started using Poweramp. I thought that I would have figured it out by now. But it's still a mystery. I would have guessed there would be an existing thread here that discusses this question. But I can't seem to figure out how to search thru existing threads in this forum. Also, I can't seem to display all threads into which I have posted. Can anyone please tell me how to do this? I'd really like to know from where Poweramp is getting the names of songs that it displays. I understand there are some data bases which Poweramp can access and they have all kinds of info for each song - including Album Art, for example. I guess another way of asking this question would be, "When Poweramp displays the name of a song, what is the default source for that name? Also, from where does Poweramp get the name if you turn off the option that says to use the File Name? What other source is there? As far as that option goes, I'm not sure I understand what is meant by "Player Screen/Notification". Can anyone explain that to me? Sorry this post is so long and I thank you for your patience. P.S. I just found out how to get a list of my posts and threads. I just click on my name at the right of the main forum screen. Just wanted to save you some time cuz you dont need to answer that anymore.
  7. What kind of speakers are you using? For the most part, when you buy stereo speakers, they usually come in a pair. To get true stereo sound, the speakers need to be separated by at least a little bit. The distance between the two speakers is called the "separation" and you need to have a little separation in order to hear true stereo sound. However, recently it seems like some producers of speakers have found a way to put true stereo sound into a single (often tiny) box. So if you are using two speakers, how far apart are they? Some modern stereo speakers come in a very small box and there is hardly any space inside the box in between the two speakers (assuming this tiny box actually contains two separate speaker - I can't open it so I can't see just what is inside). I recently bought a very tiny Sony speaker (SRSX33B) for approx $100. It is rated 20 watts and it's only about 6 inches wide by 2 inches tall and 2 inches deep. And yet, it produces a big beautiful sound that is easily as good as or better than some of my older (circa 1975) speakers that were 20 times more expensive (Hard to believe but - Honest!). I think the explanation must be that the producers of modern speakers have made some truly brilliant advances in recent years. Can anyone tell me if this is true. I really don't know how they have managed to do this. The only problem with this tiny Sony speaker is that since it is only 6" wide, I can't really hear any "separation" and so I can't hear any difference between stereo and mono unless I'm wearing headphones. But this is not a problem because: 1) I usually do wear headphones and even if I'm not wearing headphones ... 2) The sound produced by this little tiny box is just so magnificent, it is truly out of this world. I just love this tiny speaker! It was such an incredible surprise! Such a little tiny speaker producing such a big huge sound. Amazing! Just to give you some idea how much progress has been made with modern speakers, back in 1975, I bought some magnificent British speakers (Spendor BC-IIIs). I had to save a whole year to buy them but it was worth iit. They cost about $2000 in 1975. But IMO the sound produced by this little tiny 20 watt Sony speaker (which cost $100) is easily as good as or better than those big huge speakers. Those Spendor speakers were approx 3 ft tall by 1 ft wide and 1 ft deep. In 1975, they were generally regarded as some of the best speakers in the entire world (for that amount of money). Here is a link to my new tiny Sony speaker in case anyone may be interested: When I bought this speaker, it was on sale for $100. The current price is $150. http://www.staples.ca/en/Sony-Wireless-Bluetooth-Speakers-20-Watts-Black/product_1682366_2-CA_1_20001 Sony also sells another 20 watt speaker (SRSX3B) for about half the price. I don't know what the difference is between these two speakers. Can anyone who has some knowledge of speakers tell me why one is half the price of the other? After all, they are both 20 watts. Why would one be so much less money than the other? http://www.staples.ca/en/Sony-SRSX3B-Portable-Bluetooth-Speaker-Black/product_1015826_2-CA_1_20001
  8. I have been using the technique you told me (about long pressing on a folder) and it is really terrific. It makes thing so much easier. Now I can build a Queue with thousands of songs in just a few seconds. I organized my List Options to show my folders Hierarchically. So I just Long Press on an artist and I get all the songs in all their albums. I organized my favorite artists in a separate folder and so when I Long Press on that folder I instantly get all my favorite artists and all their albums and all their songs. It's wonderful. But I'm just wondering why I can't find a document that explains just a few of the basics. How can a new user ever figure out about the Queue? I know there is a Help option that shows some on-screen help. But surely someone must have written some kind of User Guide that explains some of the basics. Is there no such document anywhere? I think I may understand why though. When someone is as enormously talented as the creator of Poweramp with the technical issues of creating Poweramp, it's easy to understand why they may not be as proficient in writing User docs. I see that all the time in my work. People who are quite brilliant when it comes to creating software but can't really write good documentation. Thank Goodness for this forum and for Andre to help by answering questions. I am enormously grateful.
  9. Oh yes! It certainly does help. I never knew that. Thank you so much Andre!!
  10. Andre, I didn't want to start a new thead for this. But I also want to thank you for helping me with some great info and advice a while back. Ever since you explained the concept of the "Queue" to me, my use of Poweramp has become better and better. I have found several techniques for organizing my music that makes it real easy for me to constuct my queue extremely quickly and easily. I began by having a separate folder for each artist and then having a sub-folder for each album they recorded under that folder. But what a nightmare that was to construct my queue. I had to "enqueue" and "select" each sub-folder separately. It took almost an hour for me to put all my songs (about 8,000) into the queue. And it is so easy to accidently clear the queue. It would be great if the App asked me to verify before clearing the queue. But it doesn't matter anymore because I found that I can create just a few folders and put all the albums and songs I want intto those folders on my PC. It doesn't take very long to do that although it does take about twice as much storage. I will have to try and see if Poweramp can handle "shortcuts" with tunes. But the point is that after I construct those few files, it is a snap to build my queue exactly how I like. I only have to enqueue a few files now instead of one for each album. I've also discovered many features in the "Settings". I don't necessarily understand this R Gain feature. But it is amazing how much more volume I can get by adjusting this setting. For anyone interested it is in Settings -> Audio -> Replay Gain -> Preamp for songs without RG info .... or .... RG Preamp. Wonderful feature. So many other wonderful features. Too bad there is not English documents that explain all these features. Especially cross-fading. It took me a lot of time to figure out what that was about. I love Poweramp so very much. It makes all the other music players I've seen ... well it makes them look pale in comparison. Thank you again. I owe you for this.
  11. I had to try the following things a few times before I began to understand some things. Still learning. Not very confident I can help you. But I will try. If you click your phone's "Settings" screen, you should see the following menu choices: "Connection", "My Device", "Accounts", "More" Click on "Connection". Then click on "Bluetooth". Do you see the "Scan" label at the bottom of the screen? If your speakers don't show on the Bluetooth screen, you can try to click "Scan" in order to get your phone to find your speakers. Make sure your speakers are powered on and ready to accept input when you do this. The following explains that you need to "tell" your speakers you want them to work with a BT source and not from a source that uses a cable. My speakers have a cable input so they will play wirelessly using BT or using a wire. My speakers have a button so you can select "Audio In" or "Pairing". If your speakers have a similar button, you need to make sure that you disconnnect the cable and that you have "Pairing" turned ON and "Audio In" turned OFF. On the Settings screen, if you go to the "Bluetooth" screen, you will see that every BT device shows up with a little symbol that looks a little like a "flower" to the right of the entry. That is an unfortunate choice because it's not obvious that if you click on the flower symbol you get another screen with some important options. They are: "Rename", "Unpair", "Call Audio" and "Media Audio" The first two are kind of obvious. But I have two different speaker systems and I need to check off one of them so it will handle telephone calls. You should decide which of your speakers you want to use with phone calls (if any). The "Meda Audio" is important. When you begin to play some music, it it determines which speaker to use (if you have more than one). So make sure this option is turned "on" for the speakers you want to use. Good luck and please let us know if you succeed.
  12. I'm not sure where the best place to post this might be. But I was experimenting with my Poweramp (one of my favorite pastimes when I have some spare time) and I discovered a nice techniqure for use with the Equalizer. I used to have so much trouble trying to get all 11 sliders exactly where I wanted them to go. It just seemed like every time I tried to move a slider, when I took my finger off the screen, the slider would take a little bounce. Very annoying. But, I discovered that I could just tap on the slider's vertical line - anywhere above or below the actual button and it would cause the slider to move about ten percent of the its range. Then when it moved to the spot I wanted, I could just move on. My finger was not on the screen and so there was no final "bounce". I just hope that it is appropriate for people to post these little discoveries and that it is appropriate to post them in this forum. I sure do wish there was some kind of User Manual where someone would explain many of the concepts and techniques used in Poweramp. But I've never seen such a thing. Would anyone know any good resources? One of the chapters could be "Tips and Techniques" and this kind of thing could be included there.
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