Poor sound quality under linux?

David Gibson david at gibson.dropbear.id.au
Wed Jun 26 11:21:36 EST 2002

On Tue, Jun 25, 2002 at 09:25:44PM +1000, Doug ABERDEEN wrote:
> Hi Guru's
> I've noticed that sound quality under my Linux setup is generally 
> poorer than Windows and I'm after some tips to make it sound better.
> Symptoms:  Under xmms, mpg123, xine, artsd, games like Tux Racer, I get what 
>            sounds like white noise and high frequency distortion 
>            mixed in with the audio. It's still listenable, but 
>            poor enough to irritate me quickly. I thought it might be 
>            down-sampling somwhere but when I forced mpg123 to 
>            downsample and then it sounded really crap ;) The sound quality 
>            under Windows is as good as I would expect
>            from on m/board audio and much better than the Linux sound.
>            Now that DVD's are perfectly watchable under Linux, the sound 
>            quality is about the last thing preventing me from 
>            running % rm -fr /mnt/windows

Are you using esd (mixing daemon)?  It's dodgy.

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