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Old 08-08-2006, 01:49 PM   #1
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How to achieve best possible sound quality?


Hi!

I am a bit unsure how to approach this problem.... I want to get best possible sound quality when I play music (mp3 or otherwise). Right now I feel there is something wrong with the output I get when playing music. It sounds like my headphones/speakers are slightly "overdriven" and that kind of taints the sound. And yes, I *have* tried different headphones and such, and it's always the same, so it must be something with configuration.

My hardware, I suppose, isn't too good (output of lspci: Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC'97 Sound Controller (rev a0)), but I do not want to buy any new stuff. I want to get the most out of the hardware/software as it is...

So what I want to know is which sound system (OSS, ALSA or other) should I use and which parameters should be passed to it. Are there any other things I should configure/tweak to achieve my goal?

And just for the record, I am using amaroK for playing my music.

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Old 08-09-2006, 07:25 AM   #2
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Try adjusting the PCM volume. Lower the PCM volume and turn up the master volume. It makes a big difference.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 10:19 AM   #3
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Yeah, that's right. Though the problem seems to be that the volume is then too low (when master volume is set to max.) so that I have to adjust the PCM volume back up.

Any other ideas? (But thanks for the suggestions anyways )
 
Old 08-10-2006, 08:32 PM   #4
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Don't turn PCM down too much. I have mine on 88% and from there turning it up doesn't seem to get any louder, just makes the sound quality worse.
 
Old 08-11-2006, 08:39 AM   #5
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Mine is right now on 25% (PCM volume that is), and I am still not happy with the quality Could it just be that the sound card is too bad or something?

And: Is there any program which can do some kind of a benchmark of sound? That is for example play some bass/treble samples and for example the whole range of frequencies which can be heard by a human ear? That would have done the tweaking much easier - because one could at once hear differences in quality - instead of having to play several songs to hear if something is changed.
 
  


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