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Old 12-06-2008, 09:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a dell lattitude D630 with a core2duo T7300 and sigmatel audio...

i previously had an inspiron 9100 with sigmatel as well....after dj work at the club for a year i upgraded to the lattitude...

it seems that the audio doesnt have the "loudness" that the inspiron had..?

almost like a limiter, or like the output is underpowering or something like i dont know hard to explain...

just figured i would ask to see if anyone knew anything about it...

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Default Re: weird quality with audio card?

It shouldn't have any kind of limiter. Only thing I can think of is the laptop itself can't output as well. I'm guessing you've already set the volume to max right? Never know!

You can use a program called MP3Gain to increase the volume of your tracks and that will make everything louder.
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Also some media players allow for higher volume output (VLC, upto 200%) so at least your covered in that department for personal use anyway.
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Wonder if the Lattitude being a buisness setup, the multimedia part is crapier?

They shouldn' be different.... but who knows.
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yes they can. bigger and more expensive laptops put more work into their sound output. and it varies. you want better sound, get a usb creative card for laptops. the gain programs will add more distortion (mp3 gain will fix your volume for mp3 though)
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You need an external soundcard the audio quality difference will be extreme. You should of come here first there are loads of audiophiles on here that could of reccomended a better lappy. Inspirions are good allrounders but not very good in any one area usually
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But he like the Insprion... Its the Lattitude hes unhappy with...
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whoops soz got mixed up the lattitude isn't particularly good at anything either again its a pretty general allrounder the xps range is where things start to get interesting. I personally would of gone with a toshiba they are more media inclined.
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My Aspire 8930 has great sound.... 5.1 audio Oh yha!
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The new acers are meant to have rubbish reliability I have a travelmate 290 which has lasted serious abuse over 5 years so this isn't just prejudice against the brand. Only 4 months ago I sandpapered the graffiti off of the bugger and spray painted a lovely blue. The only thing that has died on is the optical drive which is easily replaced
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