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I have a new machine that comes with JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3. On Windows it sounds perfect, though in Ubuntu 12.04 I get cheap/sound with simple mp3 files. I have tried a few things on different blogs but no luck so far.

Any ideas?

aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: ALC665 Analog [ALC665 Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 1: ALC665 Digital [ALC665 Digital]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: N700 [Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
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I have same system . but its working flawlessly. What is that card 1, its not there in my system.. Check sound settings and see which card is being as output – Web-E Jun 24 '12 at 5:05

Things may sound "better" in Windows because of the Waves MaxxAudio 3 package, which is a software sound-enhancer that can "improve" bass, etc on relatively tiny laptop speakers. It uses psychoacoustics to do this, i.e. it manipulates the sound so that the human brain is tricked into making it sound "better".

Note that the Waves drivers are Windows-only, so you won't get these effects in Ubuntu. Waves claims a "Linux Edition" is available, so please contact your manufacturer -- I assume Dell -- to get that.

Source: MaxxAudio 3 is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7.
For Linux-based systems, Waves has introduced MaxxAudio LE.
Waves CE works with leading codec manufacturers to ensure simple, seamless integration.

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