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Old 03-11-2005, 04:48 PM   #1
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Windows sounds better


I am trying to get Windows quality sound in Linux from audio CDs. I have an Audigy card and have installed FC3. There is a Gnome-volume-control on the desktop. The sound is much inferior to 98SE using the Windows Audigy driver, softer, muffled. Thinking this was due to software affecting the output, I tried Xine with AC3 passthrough (I have a 5.1 external decoder). Same output. Why should Linux affect the sound in this way? Would like to transfer to Linux but sound quality is very important to me.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 05:25 PM   #2
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What driver are you using for your sound card? Check hardware manager for this and switch to ALSA if you haven't already. Gnome also has a mixer under sound and video which may help.
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Old 03-11-2005, 05:41 PM   #3
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Driver is snd-emu10k1
 
Old 03-11-2005, 05:55 PM   #4
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Okay, anything with snd- prefix is an ALSA driver. You are using the same driver as I am. So I'd fiddle about with the mixer controls and see what happens. I know I had to do a bit of this when I first got FC3 up and running.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 06:07 PM   #5
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Thx for your help. Only the analog mixer controls in alsamixer do anything. How do I force SPDIF output?
 
Old 03-11-2005, 06:17 PM   #6
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now you're asking. I'm not sure - best google or search this forum for that one. Sorry dude.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 06:32 PM   #7
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you can try using the rear speaker output as an alternative with the "Suround" and "Wave Surround" slider
sometimes i think that sounds better
i can see that the sound is softer i agree with that buy not "muffled" no way
you can do alot more with sound in Linux than you can in Windows and like all things Linux the level of complexity makes it harder to use at first
make sure you turn on the treble and bass boosters and use those sliders as well
just pust it as far as you can without overdriving the card to distortion
try these settings as a place to start for that front output jack
'Master' [100%]
'Tone' [on]
'Bass' [72%]
'Treble' [78%]
'PCM' [90%]
'Wave' [89%]

don't knock linux music quality till you rip a cd in FLAC lossless format
time to toss all that mp3 crap in the garbage
 
Old 03-11-2005, 06:46 PM   #8
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I think only the analog sound is coming through. i can tell this because selecting the digital din button does nothing
 
  


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