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What's your sound card?

Postby kodachi » Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:39 pm


I think this would be a nice start for the Open Discussion forum; the idea is that you post information of your current sound card and tell us what makes you feel it is the perfect one for you and how satisfied are you with it (or is it up to your expectations), et cetera et cetera. Let me begin...

ASUS Xonar D1 (audio production PC); it helps me get that inspiration to mix music and I am very satisfied with it, almost perfect.
Intel HDA (Linux PC); I know it's built into the motherboard, but I am saving up for a real card. No I am not satisfied with this one :mrgreen:

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Re: What's your sound card?

Postby plmegalo » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:48 am


First, sorry if my english is not always on top, it's not my mother tongue.

I take this opportunity to introduce myself on this forum. I'm a fresh user of OSS V4, glad to have got rid of Alsa thanks to 4Front developpers.

Also glad not to have to use Pulse Audio which seems to be even worst than Alsa.

Got an ICH9 Intel HD audio on ASUS and i'm fully satisfied of it.
In fact, I only use SPDIF output and numeric inputs from audio external materials (Benchmark DAC and Olympus LS10).
I'm just beginning to use line in for recording mix, so not getting yet any comment to make on it...
I'm not convinced anyway of the quality of analog input/output from any existing computer soundcard and prefer to use external dedicated digital interfaces and, to my sense, for SPDIF output on Linux, OSS is far the best driving software (even before V4, I was already using it instead of ALSA - does ALSA mean All Linux Sounds Awful? ;) ).

If I can ask here : where and how can I make some comments about last OSSV4 version (4.2-2000) because I'm having some problems with it that aren't there with 4.1-1052...and so not using it. In fact, the question is more how can I give information as a simple user in a relevant way?
PC environnement :
ASUSTEK P5E-VM HDMI motherboard.
ðebian lenny 5.03 with mostly KDE 3.5.10 and/or Gnome sometimes for testing

Sorry also to be a bit too talkative... I'm french..
Thank's for this forum and the good work from 4Front.


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Re: What's your sound card?

Postby kodachi » Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:28 pm

Hi Pierre,

Currently the idea is that in the Announcements forum only the newest OSS version thread is unlocked; there you can quickly point out potential or critical problems in the newest version of OSS (viewforum.php?f=19). If your issue is not critical, please start a new topic in General Discussion or in one of the operating system specific forums (Linux/Solaris/BSD). Probably the best way however is simply to use Bugzilla: http://bugzilla.opensound.com/

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Re: What's your sound card?

Postby Temüjin » Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:26 pm

M-Audio Revolution 5.1 (Envy24ht chipset)

Pros: Audio quality, dedicated headphone jack, 5.1 surround, hardware mixer

Cons: The analog audio quality with vmix isn't quite as good as disabling vmix and using the hardware mixer, but I think that's to be expected, and I use the hardware mixer on the card most of the time anyway. I would use the hardware mixer all of the time, but it can't play multiple sound streams. I don't know if that is an OSS4 limitation, or whether I don't have it configured correctly.

Haven't tested: Input

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Re: What's your sound card?

Postby SeaJey » Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:08 pm

M-Audio Revolution 5.1

And I love it for audio quality (and I had to update my audio collection because now I could hear the difference between mp3 and flac) and dedicated headphone jack - it properly suits for my 64Ω Headphone (Sennheiser HD280 pro).

The main problem are Phonon applications - at the end of playback there is some distortion and it specially annoying on short sounds like notifications or game sounds in KDiamond.
kubuntu 9.04 amd64 - KDE 4.3
OSS v4.2
M-Audio Revolution 5.1

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Re: What's your sound card?

Postby kayman » Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:35 pm

Terratec Aureon 7.1 Space

Pro: Great sound

Con: I had to reconvert my CD again to flac (mp3 before :), analog input is not working right now (I am not sure if it's OSS problem or mine .-)

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Re: What's your sound card?

Postby RealNC » Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:09 pm

Soundblaster Live 24-bit (uses oss_audigyls)

  • Just works. Sound quality is OK.

  • Microphone input volume for things like VoIP is a bit low (not a driver problem, same happens in Windows), but fortunately most VoIP software can amplify it (which results in a few distortions here and there.)
  • ossmix is unable to determine the hardware's output aplification level for this card, so it's impossible to set 0db on it so some signal is always lost, unfortunately (ALSA is able to read the hardware db levels.)

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Re: What's your sound card?

Postby kedaha » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:39 am

My first post here so hello everyone. :)
According to the hardware information on my main desktop Debian Squeeze system:
Creative Labs CA0106 Soundblaster
Subsystem: Creative Labs SB0570 [SB Audigy SE]
5.1 surround sound Creative Inspire A500 speakers.
OSS was installed from Debian's main repository.

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$ ossinfo
Version info: OSS 4.2 (b 2003/201007150434) (0x00040100) GPL
Platform: Linux/x86_64 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Mon Oct 3 03:59:20 UTC 2011 (debian)

Number of audio devices:   4
Number of audio engines:   8
Number of MIDI devices:      0
Number of mixer devices:   1

Device objects
 0: osscore0 OSS core services
 1: oss_audigyls0 AudigyLS interrupts=767 (767)
 2: oss_usb0 USB audio core services

MIDI devices (/dev/midi*)

Mixer devices
 0: AudigyLS Mixer (Mixer 0 of device object 1)

Audio devices
AudigyLS front                    /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0  (device index 0)
AudigyLS center/lfe               /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm1  (device index 1)
AudigyLS surround                 /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm2  (device index 2)
AudigyLS 5.1 output               /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm3  (device index 3)

  /dev/dsp -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0
  /dev/dsp_in -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0
  /dev/dsp_out -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0
  /dev/dsp_ac3 -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0
  /dev/dsp_mmap -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0
  /dev/dsp_multich -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm3

Great sound!

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Re: What's your sound card?

Postby cvnmjs » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:38 pm

Just integrated audio, a Realtek chip.

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 HD Audio controller ATI HD Audio
    Vendor ID    0x10024383
    Subvendor ID 0x14627641
     Codec  0: ALC887 (0x10ec0887/0x14627641)

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Re: What's your sound card?

Postby ossuserr » Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:56 pm

esi juli@, audigy2zs platinum

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