rplay sound quality (or lack thereof).

rplay sound quality (or lack thereof).

Post by Jesse Hughe » Fri, 10 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Hey ho.

  I just downloaded and installed rplay.  I then ran the daemon using
the command:

rplayd -A /dev/audio -r 10 &

(after first listing all of my sounds files in
/usr/local/etc/rplay.conf).  To play sounds, I've been using the

rplay <filename>

However, the sound quality is much poorer than I expected.  It's got a
scratchy quality to it that the program "play" avoids.  This isn't a
problem of volume, I think, because it's still present when I use the
-v option to lower volume.

This happens with both .au and .wav files, though it's much worse with
.wav files.  So, I used sox to change all of my .wav's to .au's (using
the command "sox -V file.wav file.au").  Here's the output from that

sox: Reading Wave file: Microsoft PCM format, 1 channel, 8000 samp/sec
sox:         8000 byte/sec, 1 block align, 8 bits/samp, 26001 data bytes

sox: Input file: using sample rate 8000
        size bytes, style unsigned, 1 channel
sox: Input file: comment "thanks.wav"

sox: SUN .AU format not specified.  Defaulting to 8khz u-law
sox: Output file: using sample rate 8000
        size bytes, style u-law, 1 channel
sox: Output file: comment "thanks.wav"

Any ideas?  I'm running rplay-3.2.0b5, sox version 12.12 and have the
Slackware 2.0.27 kernel.



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