Bad sound with xfce/manjaro


I have a dual boot Manjaro/Windows 10. In Windows, My sound is good but it’s not the case with Manjaro and I don’t understand why. I read other topics on the forum without find a solution for me.

This is my actual /etc/pulse/daemon.conf:

# This file is part of PulseAudio.
# PulseAudio is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.
# PulseAudio is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
# WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License
# along with PulseAudio; if not, see <>.

## Configuration file for the PulseAudio daemon. See pulse-daemon.conf(5) for
## more information. Default values are commented out.  Use either ; or # for
## commenting.

; daemonize = no
; fail = yes
; allow-module-loading = yes
; allow-exit = yes
; use-pid-file = yes
; system-instance = no
; local-server-type = user
; enable-shm = yes
; enable-memfd = yes
; shm-size-bytes = 0 # setting this 0 will use the system-default, usually 64 MiB
; lock-memory = no
; cpu-limit = no

; high-priority = yes
; nice-level = -11

; realtime-scheduling = yes
; realtime-priority = 5

; exit-idle-time = 20
; scache-idle-time = 20

; dl-search-path = (depends on architecture)

; load-default-script-file = yes
; default-script-file = /etc/pulse/

; log-target = auto
; log-level = notice
; log-meta = no
; log-time = no
; log-backtrace = 0

; resample-method = speex-float-1
; avoid-resampling = false
; enable-remixing = yes
; remixing-use-all-sink-channels = yes
; remixing-produce-lfe = no
; remixing-consume-lfe = no
; lfe-crossover-freq = 0

; flat-volumes = no

; rescue-streams = yes

; rlimit-fsize = -1
; rlimit-data = -1
; rlimit-stack = -1
; rlimit-core = -1
; rlimit-as = -1
; rlimit-rss = -1
; rlimit-nproc = -1
; rlimit-nofile = 256
; rlimit-memlock = -1
; rlimit-locks = -1
; rlimit-sigpending = -1
; rlimit-msgqueue = -1
; rlimit-nice = 31
; rlimit-rtprio = 9
; rlimit-rttime = 200000

default-sample-format = s24le
default-sample-rate = 19200
alternate-sample-rate = 96000
default-sample-channels = 2
default-channel-map = front-left,front-right

; default-fragments = 4
; default-fragment-size-msec = 25

; enable-deferred-volume = yes
; deferred-volume-safety-margin-usec = 8000
; deferred-volume-extra-delay-usec = 0

and the result of the command “sudo --upload”:

I guess there is a problem with my conf file but I’m not sure

Hello, I don’t know much about sound, but…

Try 192000 → this is either kbps or Hz . You are missing a zero 0.

Just saying…


Thanks for that, I guess it’s better but the sound still saturates

and not enough bass maybe … It’s pretty hard to describe x)

I don’t know if it can help, but I found a youtube video with different frequencies:

the sound saturates between ~~480 and ~~630 Hz

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If PulseAudio is configured to resample audio up to 192kHz or 96kHz the resample-method should also be adjusted
I suggest you add either

resample-method = speex-float-4

or this

resample-method = soxr-hq

to PulseAudio configuration daemon.conf
(sox resampler allegedly has better audio quality than speex but can add about 20mS latency to audio stream)

Manjaro does not have any of the tweaks and audio enhancements that may have been added to the Realtek driver in Windows

IMO audio quality is uncomfortably flat for general audio use and needs (at least) an equalizer to adjust the frequency response – pulseaudio-equalizer-ladspa

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I tried your ideas and I have the same result. For the equalizer, I have no change when I modify the parameters.

Maybe can I post you a video/audio rec to show you what it happens ?

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  dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux 
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  bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:249c class-ID: 0300 
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  loaded: amdgpu,ati,nvidia unloaded: modesetting,nouveau 
  alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1 
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.0x11.2") 
  s-diag: 582mm (22.9") 
  Monitor-1: eDP res: 1920x1080 hz: 300 dpi: 142 size: 344x194mm (13.5x7.6") 
  diag: 395mm (15.5") 
  OpenGL: renderer: AMD RENOIR (DRM 3.41.0 5.13.12-1-MANJARO LLVM 12.0.1) 
  v: 4.6 Mesa 21.2.1 direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: AMD vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
  bus-ID: 05:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:1637 class-ID: 0403 
  Device-2: AMD Raven/Raven2/FireFlight/Renoir Audio Processor vendor: ASUSTeK 
  driver: N/A alternate: snd_pci_acp3x, snd_rn_pci_acp3x bus-ID: 05:00.5 
  chip-ID: 1022:15e2 class-ID: 0480 
  Device-3: AMD Family 17h HD Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel 
  v: kernel bus-ID: 05:00.6 chip-ID: 1022:15e3 class-ID: 0403 
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.13.12-1-MANJARO running: yes 
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no 
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes 
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.33 running: no 
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
  vendor: ASUSTeK driver: r8169 v: kernel port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 
  chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200 
  IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: e000 
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You’re on a Stable Development kernel. First port of call should be to try an LTS kernel, so please read this:

(At a minimum the section Linux has multiple kernels and then install both 5.10 and 5.4 and see if the problem goes away automagically.

Not directly related to your problem, but please read this


I tried 5.10 (same behavior) and 5.4, I can’t boot with 5.4 (black screen with an white underscore at the top left). So I’m back on 5.13.

I tried to create a swapfile but I have the same behavior with sound

  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache-pressure: 100 (default) 
  ID-1: swap-1 type: file size: 7.82 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 
  file: /swapfile
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I forgot to say the sound is normal with my headphones, the problem is here only with speakers. So maybe there is a specific driver for my speakers ?


Q: Have you tried lowering the values ??

If not, try something like 128000 and 64000 or 48000, see if something changes.
These are my values:

; default-sample-rate = 44100
; alternate-sample-rate = 48000

Also you can try commenting the lines by putting ; if front and see if that helps.

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This laptop has similar size main speakers to a Lenovo system discussed recently
Poor Audio from internal speaker - #6 by nikgnomic

Document ROG Strix SCAR 15 G533QS - Customer self repair guide has internal pictures to show the downward facing speakers are similar size to the Lenovo

The audio benchmark for this system has much better results than the Lenovo system
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533QS Laptop Review: AMD Zen 3 and 165 Hz 1440p Sweet Spot - Reviews

This system is using twice as much power and has additional upward facing tweeters. But a lot of the extra audio performance may be from driver enhancements, Smart Amp Technology and Dolby Atmos processing.
If a Windows user could turn off all the extra software and driver enhancements that would give a comparable audio quality to a default Linux installation with no processing

Considering the small size of the laptop speakers you need more than just an equalizer
I suggest you replace pulseaudio-equalizer-ladspa with Viper4Linux

maybe there is a specific driver for my speakers ?

There are no alternative drivers for this device

Headphones and speakers use a shared output device on the ALC285 audio codec
using the ‘snd_hda_intel’ driver

HW probe of ASUSTek ROG Strix G533QS_G53QS #98271924ba: aplay

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Generic [HD-Audio Generic], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: Generic_1 [HD-Audio Generic], device 0: ALC285 Analog [ALC285 Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

With only one analog audio device for playback there is no option to separate audio outputs for headphones and speakers

The main factor causing a difference in audio quality is the audio transducer converting electronic analog audio to audible sound

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I installed kde manjaro because I had a other issue with xfce. I’ll try your suggestion tomorrow, sorry for the time I took to answer, I was busy this week end. Thanks for the suggestion :slight_smile: