If glasses are adjusted for varying eyesights, why isn't the same logic applied to our ears? Today, most music players (that's probably your phone) are designed with a one-size-fits-all standard -- the manufacturer adjusts the audio tone and left/right balance to what might suit most people.
It turns out, however, there are differences in our hearing, including unique nuances in balance and processing.
Some phones do let you dig into accessibility settings to adjust left/right balance, but the Galaxy S4 might be the first phone that actually adjusts the audio output to your needs automatically.
Buried in the S4's Sound settings is a feature called Adapt Sound, and it's Samsung's prescription to the one-size-fits-all model that robs music-lovers of a complete (and accurate) listening experience. With Adapt Sound in play, the output audio will be customized for your ears.
To access the feature, head to Settings > My Device > Sound > Adapt Sound. You'll be introduced to the feature and you'll be asked to settle into a quiet spot. Plug in your headphones at hit Start.
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Immediately, you'll be taken through what's basically a hearing test. High and low pitched beeps will play, and you'll confirm whether or not you hear them. It's a judgment of your hearing, but als... [Read more]