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I've seen this thread before but it didn't have a proper answer.
I have XMMS (as some linux guru said "it's as good as sound can get using xmms"). I've tried OSS & Esd output plugins for it and the sound it outputs is junky. Windows outputs much better sound when you compare it to linux. What's goin on? How could I fix this? Like, XMMS puts emphasis on the vocals and the beat sounds distorted and hollow. Is it the MPG123 plugin?
Also, how do I get output from 4 channels on my 5.1 Soundcard?
I actually find mplayer outputs the best sound, I haven't really had any problems with distortion with mplayer, but i have had with xmms. Mplayer also has an (optional) gui, gmplayer, which means it can be as easy to use as xmms.
It's slightly better than XMMS (I think :P) but not quite the same as windows.
Anyways, I can live with crappy sound. I just want to know how to have all 4 speakers attached to my system to output sound.
Hint: The front speakers are attached to the Line Out, and the rear speakers are attached to the Line in. They work perfectly in windows as there is settings that will convert the Line in into Rear Speakers Out. How would I go about this in linux, or should I not even bother?
it would depend what sound card you are using, it may be that you need to find specific drivers for that, I've never heard of being able to do that. Are the speakers amplified, i.e. do they require power, if so, then you may find that you get better sound by juggling the volume levels, I get best sound by using low volume on my computer, and having the amplifier on my speakers up full, but this varies.
Are you using ALSA? I've personally never seen a windows app with that level of micro-control (but it's been a while since I've played with sound in windows). Control input and output at the prompt: