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Cromulent
post Dec 12 2012, 14:28
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Please note that I am not talking about encoding here, just the audio output of the system.

I'm running Arch Linux and all is working well. I use ALSA for audio but was wondering if there were any known settings that can help in terms of audio playback quality?

I'm well aware of the fact that I need a dedicated sound card to get the best results but I'm looking for a short term solution to make sure that the on-board sound card is performing at its best. I'm pretty new to audio stuff on Linux so I would be grateful for any advice.

When I have enough cash to spare I'll be getting an Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 PCI-E sound card (unless someone can recommend a better one).
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koplo
post Jun 17 2013, 11:17
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I think we should announce to the traditional audiophiles,
it is time now we all should migrate to computer audiophile systems.
To replace the spinning-CD transport with terrabyte SSD.
There's already ExactAudioCopy, RubyRipper, & else, (choose JACK, no ALSA, unisntall PulseAudio),
and no ErrorCorrectionCode, and using SSD inside laptops (no spinning HDD).
And in the future, many manufacturers will create more pure digital amplification like NAD M2 (bye-bye tube, bye-bye bipolar),
and interface like Berkeley Alpha USB,
so there are no analogs at all, even at the loudspeakers' terminals.
The sound ?
Even really challenge the 100,000 vinyl+tube systems, with the cost of under 15,000 !
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cpchan
post Jun 17 2013, 14:22
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QUOTE (koplo @ Jun 17 2013, 05:17) *
(choose JACK, no ALSA, unisntall PulseAudio),


Huh, JACK is only a low-latency audio server, it still output sound via the underlying audio system. On Linux it defaults to ALSA unless you set it up to use OSS4. If you are not doing any audio work that required extremely low latency, there is really no point in using it.

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- Cromulent   Improve Linux audio playback quality?   Dec 12 2012, 14:28
- - yourlord   The first question I would ask is what makes you f...   Dec 12 2012, 16:37
- - Cromulent   QUOTE (yourlord @ Dec 12 2012, 15:37) The...   Dec 12 2012, 16:59
|- - 2012   QUOTE (Cromulent @ Dec 12 2012, 17:59) bu...   Dec 12 2012, 17:59
|- - punkrockdude   QUOTE (2012 @ Dec 12 2012, 17:59) QUOTE (...   Dec 12 2012, 18:28
|- - 2012   QUOTE (punkrockdude @ Dec 12 2012, 19:28)...   Dec 18 2012, 22:16
|- - punkrockdude   QUOTE (2012 @ Dec 18 2012, 22:16) QUOTE (...   May 9 2013, 20:25
|- - 2012   QUOTE (punkrockdude @ May 9 2013, 21:25) ...   May 10 2013, 12:53
|- - punkrockdude   QUOTE (2012 @ May 10 2013, 12:53) QUOTE (...   May 10 2013, 22:29
- - Garf   Quite a few (I'd even say: most) of the on-boa...   Dec 12 2012, 17:44
- - skamp   On-board DACs are pretty good these days. Unless y...   Dec 12 2012, 19:23
- - Cromulent   QUOTE (2012 @ Dec 12 2012, 16:59) QUOTE (...   Dec 13 2012, 09:18
- - phofman   2012, did you check the actual output waveform? I ...   May 10 2013, 13:09
- - AHD   QUOTE (Cromulent @ Dec 12 2012, 14:28) .....   Jun 7 2013, 10:40
- - greynol   Hi and welcome. Would you mind substantiating th...   Jun 7 2013, 15:35
|- - AHD   QUOTE (greynol @ Jun 7 2013, 15:35) Hi an...   Jun 7 2013, 17:26
|- - greynol   QUOTE (AHD @ Jun 7 2013, 09:26) QUOTE (gr...   Jun 7 2013, 18:01
- - skamp   QUOTE (AHD @ Jun 7 2013, 11:40) The audio...   Jun 7 2013, 17:40
|- - greynol   QUOTE (skamp @ Jun 7 2013, 09:40) If [......   Jun 7 2013, 18:04
- - koplo   I think we should announce to the traditional audi...   Jun 17 2013, 11:17
|- - phofman   QUOTE (koplo @ Jun 17 2013, 12:17) choose...   Jun 17 2013, 12:43
|- - cpchan   QUOTE (koplo @ Jun 17 2013, 05:17) (choos...   Jun 17 2013, 14:22
- - skamp   Unsure. Jack is a low latency mixer. It works well...   Jun 17 2013, 13:58


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