[pulseaudio-discuss] PA is very silent; doen't use the max hardware volume

Nikos Chantziaras realnc at gmail.com
Thu Jan 23 06:33:03 PST 2014

It seems that PA refuses to use the maximum hardware volume of my sound 
card (Asus Xonar D1). As a result, the audio is very silent. I have the 
volume sliders in pavucontrol set to 100%, but PA only uses 40% (-20db) 
on the hardware mixer.

In order to get acceptable sound, I have to:

   pulseaudio -k
   sudo alsamixer
   [raise volume to 0db manually]

Isn't PA supposed to use 0db on the hardware by itself?

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