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Ehvis commented on 14 September 2018 at 2:20 pm UTC

It's about time to replace my PC, so I'm doing some preliminary investigations.

One thing that has always given me issues is sound. For instance, if I have a video player open and I go to the website of my bank using Firefox, I get a whole bunch of distortion in the audio.

Investigating this problem I managed to dig up that there are some issues with inaccurate hardware timers causing this and a pulseaudio option was given that could fix it. And it did! For that case. Next I found that the State of Mind game was now giving me crackling noises. So great, either this or that.

I have a few more but that doesn't really matter.

Since I'm not too picky about audio, it would be nice if the motherboard audio is actually good and doesn't have any issues. So far my new mainboard, what would be the audio chipsets to look out for or avoid? Does anybody have experience with that?

Xpander commented on 14 September 2018 at 2:23 pm UTC

im using external one, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, zero issues, but also i use JACK with pulseaudio. Pulseaudio has JACK sinks and sources, never had audio crackling with this setup. I strongly recommend a good DAC instead of those integrated audio solutions, but i hear newer int audio chips are quite good, still theres some noise because its inside the machine where all the electrical parts are.

razing32 commented on 17 September 2018 at 7:03 pm UTC

I honestly have been using USB headset with its own sound system , i forgot about cracking issues.
I recall having some but not many.

Wasn't there a way around it ? Something like giving audio higher priority so as to reduce latency ?
I believe I saw it in a guide to use JACK.

Ehvis commented on 17 September 2018 at 7:45 pm UTC

I only wear headsets when I absolutely have to, so that's not a solution for me.

debianxfce commented on 18 September 2018 at 12:38 am UTC

Pulseaudio is buggy and slows your computer. Use alsa, gstreamer and jack for pro audio. Use chrome, firefox does not support alsa.

Ehvis commented on 18 September 2018 at 9:19 am UTC

debianxfcePulseaudio is buggy and slows your computer. Use alsa, gstreamer and jack for pro audio. Use chrome, firefox does not support alsa.

Pulse does appear to be problematic. Jack has always sounded interesting, but I haven't researched what is involved to do something like that. For now, I lack the time to do so.

Xpander commented on 18 September 2018 at 12:27 pm UTC

Ehvis
debianxfcePulseaudio is buggy and slows your computer. Use alsa, gstreamer and jack for pro audio. Use chrome, firefox does not support alsa.

Pulse does appear to be problematic. Jack has always sounded interesting, but I haven't researched what is involved to do something like that. For now, I lack the time to do so.

JACK is fairly simple to setup with qjackctl, if you use jack with dbus it will automatically add jack sinks and sources to pulseaudio, if your pulseaudio jack package is installed. No need for manual config anymore.

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Ehvis commented on 18 September 2018 at 7:36 pm UTC

XpanderJACK is fairly simple to setup with qjackctl, if you use jack with dbus it will automatically add jack sinks and sources to pulseaudio, if your pulseaudio jack package is installed. No need for manual config anymore.

Does that uninstall Pulseaudio and put its own pulse compatible thing in place? Or does it work together? I might experiment with it.

Xpander commented on 18 September 2018 at 8:00 pm UTC

Ehvis
XpanderJACK is fairly simple to setup with qjackctl, if you use jack with dbus it will automatically add jack sinks and sources to pulseaudio, if your pulseaudio jack package is installed. No need for manual config anymore.

Does that uninstall Pulseaudio and put its own pulse compatible thing in place? Or does it work together? I might experiment with it.

i dunno how its done on ubuntu but on arch its just a separate pulseaudio-jack package that activates jack sink and source detection. probably ubuntu has similar or maybe its just packaged already inside the pulseaudio package there.

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