[pulseaudio-discuss] Awful Quality in Sound

Richi Plana richip at richip.dhs.org
Tue Dec 18 07:19:58 PST 2007


I recently purchased an HP Pavilion dv2622ca laptop and installed Fedora
8 on it. I then proceeded to upgrade PulseAudio to 0.9.8 from rawhide.
When I play audio files on it, the sound is horrible. One way to
describe it is as if I were playing the audio through a tiny set of

At first I thought it was just the tiny Altec Lansing speakers on the
notebook, but when I listened to it on a set if hi-def headphones, the
quality was still poor.

I tried playing it through a set of low distortion, high current amp and
a good set of hidef speakers, and the sound quality was still horrible.

I tried experimenting a bit, playing sounds at different sample rates
(44100 and 48000) using mplayer, to no avail.

Is there any way to test what is causing this and if it is PulseAudio?
Is there a simple way to override PA and play audio via ALSA
snd-hda-intel drivers?

Richi Plana

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