audio sounds "stressed" in ubuntu

Senectus . senectus at
Mon Jun 13 23:45:30 UTC 2005

lOn 6/14/05, paroxetine at <paroxetine at> wrote:
> Quoting Oliver Grawert <ogra at>:
> > hi,
> > On So, 2005-06-12 at 22:58 -0400, Edwin wrote:
> > > audio for my machine is working "out of the box" after installing
> > > ubuntu, however, the sound sounds as if it is stressing. i hear
> > > crackling and slight muffled distortion, as if my sounds is turned way
> > > up and my speakers are too weak to handle the load.
> > which ubuntu version is that ? note that in breezy the audio
> > infrastructure is undergoing heavy changes currently.
> >
> > ciao
> >       oli
> >
> i am running hoary
I've got this as well, it seems to be that if I open up alsamixer and
drop the values down to about half way or a little bit above then pipe
the external sound through an external amp then it sounds fine.. If I
put all the alsamixer values up very high I get normal loudness from
basic external speakers but the sound quality is complete crap.. it
sounds "over amped"
I've also noticed that my mp3 and ogg rips sound crap as well.. the
same "over amped" sound.

I'm using hoary Kubuntu and have a soundblaster card that sounds fine
under windows and other linux distro's

Ubuntu Hoary 5.04 
Our OS who art in CPU, LINUX be thy name. Thy programs run, thy
syscalls done, In kernel as it is in user!

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