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Digital and Analog Audio Outputs on Ubuntu

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Hello, I think this is the right subforum to post this in, so here goes.

 

So I recently bought speakers for my Ubuntu Linux laptop, AudioEngine a2+'s, which connect to my computer using a USB cable. In my sound settings, it allows for three different outputs: "Digital Output (S/PDIF)", "Analog Output", and "Built In Audio" (which I do not want, of course).

 

The digital and analog outputs seem to sound the same, except that analog is slightly louder than the digital one.

 

Anyway, which one is better, the digital option or the analog one?

 

I found a similar thread to this one (http://www.head-fi.org/t/466801/difference-between-analog-stereo-output-and-digital-stereo-duplex-in-ubuntu-with-nuforce-udac) but it did not give me a clear answer.

post #2 of 3

Digital. The DACs in external speakers are usually better than the ones in your laptop.

 

Also for fun, take a look at these links for Graphic EQs:

 

Pulse Audio Eq -- no longer supported or updated but easy to install

 

Infinite bands pulseaudio EQ supported but harder to install.

 

I run ubuntu 13.10 btw, feel free to ask me questions.

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Originally Posted by Sxooter View Post
 

Digital. The DACs in external speakers are usually better than the ones in your laptop.

 

Also for fun, take a look at these links for Graphic EQs:

 

Pulse Audio Eq -- no longer supported or updated but easy to install

 

Infinite bands pulseaudio EQ supported but harder to install.

 

I run ubuntu 13.10 btw, feel free to ask me questions.


Ah, thank you for your response.

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