Originally posted by jiml8
Turning PCM (pulse code modulation - the technical scheme that describes the digital music) to "full" is like turning your audio amp all the way up; it clips.
Don't turn PCM all the way up.
Sound quality will also depend on the codec and app you are using to play the music. My personal experience is that mplayer sounds a lot better in most cases than xmms does. For that reason, I generally use mplayer to play music. Mplayer uses the same codecs that Windows uses.
Thanks for the helpful info. I normally keep it at 80% and I guess I will keep it there. The only issue that comes up is that if I keep the PCM at 80% and try to put the volume to 0% (not mute) there is still music coming out. Is this a nromal thing or is it just with my card?
Also I just tried playing music with MPlayer...the quality was a little better, so I guess your experience is good :-).