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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:28 am    Post subject: Flac files sound terrible in Amarok Reply with quote

Hello.

For a while there, I thought my speakers were going bad. I use amarok to manage my music, and it was coming through very gainy and distorted. Then I noticed that didn't happen with certain songs, so I figured my replay tags got borked. So I removed those tags from all my files. It didn't help. So I added them back, and that didn't help. Then I noticed that the songs that sounded good were in ogg vorbis format. So, I decided to try flac123 on the command line, and lo and behold, my flac files sounded great. I have also run mplayer on the command line as well with results equally as good.

So... Amarok is messing up my flac files... The problem is, I don't see anything to configure for this. I don't know if it is amarok itself, kde, phonon or gstreamer...

Anyone else have this issue?

Using an amd64 system here, with this sound chip:
01:00.1 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does this provide any clues? http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/multimedia/470618-problem-flac-amarok.html
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I did dig up that there is a vlc backend to phonon, and that is mentioned in this thread. I cannot logout to test, however, for another couple hours... I'll post back with the results.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I changed the backend from gstreamer to vlc, and instead of just the flac files sounding horrible -- everything sounded horrible. Worse in fact. Even the system sounds sounded distant and distored.

Anyone have any ideas here?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the same files sound fine on every other player, then something somehow is wrong with Amarok itself. You could try filing a bug report and see what happens.
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