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Old 10-07-2006, 05:02 PM   #1
tzonga1
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I want more volume!


I have a C-media PCI CMI8738-MC6 sound card with a FC5 distro. I want to upgrade my speakers to harness more bass and more volume! I am going deaf, so anything beyond midrange I really can't hear.

I have been in K-mix, as well as alsamix, and turned the master and cd volumes as loud as possible without distortion.

My sound card and speakers are circa mid-late 90's so this is probably an issue.

Any suggestions to improve mids and lows with a radical increase in volume?
 
Old 10-07-2006, 06:16 PM   #2
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It sounds like you need an equalizer, so that you can boost certain frequencies.

I know that xmms and amarok have them built in. I also suspect that some other programs have them aswell. However these will only adjust sound for each program. There might even be a stand alone program that plugs into the alsa system to adjust all sound output. But I can't say for definite as I have never need one.

The one problem with these is that they are all doing there stuff in software. So if you have a slow computer it will seriously effect performance.

You could go for a hardware solution. Like a decent amp with either a built in eq or a separate one. And of cause a good set of speakers to go with it.

 
Old 10-07-2006, 06:47 PM   #3
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The only real way out is the hardware solution. Since the noise (distortion)in most amps is mostly in the high end of the spectrum you can go with a cheap amp. You should be able to go to the pawn shop and get something pretty cheap (40watt/channel) or more. I would think $30 would go a long way.

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Old 10-21-2006, 06:16 PM   #4
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logitech x230 speaker system

I resolved my problem. The Logitech x230 system is independantly powered 2.1 system. I now need to concern myself with the volume of my music when my roomate is home. I did not need a stand alone amplifier nor another sound card.
Best 34$(with shipping) I have spent in awhile. Even with my hearing impairment, I get a fuller more robust sound across the gamot. I listen to everything but country.

Mahendra Suri, my youngest male Basenji, loves the system too. He slaps his ass next to the sub-woofer to get an acoustical muscular-skelator massage. He was first puzzled by sound waves across the hardwood floors massaging his paws. It was amusing to watch watch him walk across the floor exaimimning every paw to figure out why they tickled.
 
  


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