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Old 11-13-2003, 10:19 AM   #1
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MP3 sounds quality is awful

for some reason my mp3 sound quality is awful in linux. .ogg's sound fine, cd's sound fine, wav's sound ok.

All formats in general are slightly worse quality than one a windows machine, but for some reason mp3's sound horrendous

any ideas?
Old 11-13-2003, 10:21 AM   #2
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okay, need more information.
what bitrate are thye mp3s, what program are you playing them with?
waht soundcard do you have and what drivers is it using?
Old 11-13-2003, 12:28 PM   #3
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A long shot:

You are using xmms for playback and you have "Preamp" in the equalizer settings at max. Turn that down a little...

Old 11-22-2003, 03:20 PM   #4
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crap for sound quality !!FIXED!!!

I had the same problem and it was driving me to hell. In slackware 9.1 I couldn't listen to mp3's because the quality was just hellishly scrachy, like the volume was blared when it wasn't. In other games the quality was great. If this sounds like your problem here is what I changed.
1. Go to SystemSettings>Control Center>Sound/Multimedia>Sound System
2. Go to the Sound I/O tab
3. Change sound quality from Autodetect to 16bits(high)
4. I also change the Audio Buffer Size (response time) from the middle all the way to the left.(8 millieseconds)
5. Lastly I checked enable full duplex operation.(I don't know how much this effected it if any at all.

Hope this helps!


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