Volume barely audible at 100%

I’ve searched as best I can, and cannot find anything to resolve my issue. Fresh install, then installed manjaro-pipewire. I’ve gone into alsamixer & turned everything up to 100. Volume is barely audible at 100%. At 150%, I can hear it “OK”, but it is quiet. What else should I be looking for/at? Volume worked fine in EndeavourOS with pipewire.

At the beginning of the forums is a section explaining how to post. At the very least you need to tell us your sound card, drivers, desktop, which devices are low in volume and probably a few other things as well.

Thanks for reaching out, @fbt89 . I see some posts that describe a code of conduct type stuff. I must be overlooking the technical posting guidelines.
Here are some more specifics:

  • KDE Plasma Version 5.26.3
  • KDE Frameworks Version: 5.99.0
  • QT Version: 5.15.7
  • Kernel Version 5.15.78-1-MANJARO (64-bit)
  • Graphics Platform: X11
  • Processors: 2xIntel Core 2 CPU 6600 @ 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 1.9 GiB RAM
  • Graphics Processor: NV50
  • Motherboard: P35C-DS3R
  • Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
  • Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device a002
  • Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 24
  • Memory at fa200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
  • Capabilities:
  • Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
  • Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel

“Everything” is low volume. The system volume is low volume. If I goto “System Settings->Audio”, and turn “line-out” up to 150%, the volume is audible but not “150%” in actuality.
I have gone to alsamixer, turned pipewire master to 100, but that only changes the slider in “system settings->audio,” so there is no change in the results. Also in alsamixer, i did an F6 and changed to “HDA Intel” (Card: HDA Intel, Chip: Realtek ALC9A) and turn all the sliders there to max, but there is no change in audio output.
I installed “pavucontrol”, but that seems to operate the same way as “system settings->audio” & alsamixer.
I searched all through these forums, the arch forums, and googled and have just not been able to find anything.