Problem: laptop's speakers sound quality is much worse than in windows. How to address this issue in Ubuntu 18.04?
We have to do some manual settings editing on pulse audio config. The path is
/etc/pulse/daemon.conf. Open a terminal by pressing ctrl+alt+t. First of all, backup the configuration file:
sudo cp /etc/pulse/daemon.conf /etc/pulse/daemon.conf.backup
sudo nano /etc/pulse/daemon.conf
(If your file is empty, it means the file you are looking for is not in this directory. In this case, try to locate it:
sudo updatedb, this will update your files database index. Then type
locate daemon.conf to find the file location. Replace
/etc/pulse/ with the path to your daemon.conf file)
Find the following lines (ctrl+w to find text in file) and replace your values with the following (lines might be in a different order in your system):
default-sample-format = float32ne
default-sample-rate = 48000
alternate-sample-rate = 44100
default-sample-channels = 2
default-channel-map = front-left,front-right
default-fragments = 2
default-fragment-size-msec = 125
resample-method = speex-float-5
enable-lfe-remixing = no
high-priority = yes
nice-level = -11
realtime-scheduling = yes
realtime-priority = 9
rlimit-rtprio = 9
rlimit-rttime = -1
daemonize = no
Press ctrl+o to save changes, then press ctrl+x to quit
nano ~/.asoundrc in terminal and paste te following code:
This will bypass dmix for pulseaudio increasing sound quality by a lot. We can’t have more than one resampler because if we do it gets resampled twice and some sound quality is lost (as explained by Calthax in this thread).
I had the same issue, even changing
~/.config/pulse/daemon.conf had no effect. Later I figured that the issue was with ALSA not being configured properly for my sound card, which I fixed by adding the below line to
/etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf for my Dell Inspiron 7560 laptop (it has the same Intel HD audio chipset as Dell Inspiron 7559. In fact all Dell Inspiron 7000 series laptops have the same audio card):
options snd-hda-intel model=dell-inspiron-7559
With Intel Corporation HD Audio Controller on laptop, you may need to add this line to
options snd-hda-intel model=model
where model is any one of the following:
Note: It may be necessary to put this "options" line below (after) any "alias" lines about your card. You can see all the available models in the kernel documentation. For example https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/sound/hd-audio/models.html, but check that it is the correct version of that document for your kernel version.
A list of available models is also available here. To know your chip name type the following command (with
* being corrected to match your files). Note that some chips could have been renamed and do not directly match the available ones in the file.
grep Codec /proc/asound/card*/codec*
Note that there is a high chance none of the input devices (all internal and external mics) will work if you choose to do this, so it is either your headphones or your mic. Please report to ALSA if you are affected by this bug.