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Thread: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

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    Re: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

    Sound quality has always been better in linux over Windows even with latest drivers installed. Now with my sound card no longer supported by Windows, I enjoy it thoroughly in Ubuntu here. Also smplayer using VDPAU with my cheap card does fine job with HD movies as well although quality is same in both Windows and Ubuntu.
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    Re: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

    Some drivers in Windows may be using equalisers to change the sound, so it givves a better percieved quality on cheap speakers and headphones. Alternatively, it may be that it has be artifically castrated in drivers in order for you to buy a motherboard with a more expensive sound solution.

    The Linux driver will not be using an equaliser.

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    Re: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

    It could be the audio player. What ever makes the difference it's probably that the developers actually care about the performance of their product rather than the marketing success when it comes to open source.

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    Re: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Austin25 View Post
    It could be the audio player. What ever makes the difference it's probably that the developers actually care about the performance of their product rather than the marketing success when it comes to open source.
    Yea I understand that, I use VLC and either Banshee/Rhythmbox for linux and Winamp/VLC on Windows 7.

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    Re: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

    Although, the preview player in gnome (when you hover over the icon for a music file) is still quite good.

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    Re: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

    I am using Auzentech X-Meridian. Sound quality is always better in Windows due to the fact that it Auzentech provides a good driver for this card.

    X-Meridian Windows driver supports DTS, Dolby Digital and many other effects which lacks in ALSA. The driver also allows me to constantly output 5.1 DTS signal or DD 5.1@192kHz via the digital toslink connector to my receiver, even from 2-channel mp3 sources. The sound quality is much better in Windows.

    ALSA, on the other hand, only allows stereo signal output@96kHz. DTS and DD are not available. You need to tweak the media player in order to use them.
    The sound quality is the same if I use onboard audio.

    I think the quality of the sound relies on the quality of your sound card + the quality of the driver. If you get a good sound card and a good driver, it will sound better in Windows.

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    Re: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

    This is interesting. I've more often heard the other way around (Windows audio is better than in Ubuntu). That said, it's likely just for that particular device we surprisingly happened to have the better drivers. That or you need to update your drivers in Windows.
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    Re: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

    i wish my soundcard would be fully supported on linux (x-fi gamer)- with crystalizer and cmss-3d

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    Re: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

    This has happened to me with all windows versions.. XP, Vista, 7 and now even in 8... In all of them the sound on my dell Inspiron 1420 has been significantly inferior to that on any Ubuntu.. 8.04, 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, 10.10, and now 11.04... It seems someone has put in an amp inside my laptop while I play any thing on the ubuntu

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    Re: Better audio quality in Ubuntu v. Windows

    Classic integrated Realtek chipset sound here with dual boot. The same music on the same speakers sounds awesome in Linux (Rythmbox) and has no bass in Windows (Winamp). Using the winamp equalizer only makes the rest of the music muffled when there is bass. Using bass management functions in soundcard program in Windows does nothing.

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