Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I was just curious if ALSA + Linux has any better sound quality than Microsoft's Direct Sound in comparison.

share|improve this question

The API one uses to access has little effect on sound quality, or at least should not have, if they're properly implemented (ALSA's dmix module takes some sacrifices in quality, but it only kicks in if multiple programs are accessing a soundcard that doesn't offer HW mixing of multiple streams).

Otherwise the samples are passed through to the sound hardware directly.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.