Quote: Originally Posted by Trisomy21
Loudness Equalization doesn't seem to do anything at all and default playback is Speakers on Realtek HD Audio.
It's weird, I used to play games and my ears would almost bleed because the audio was so loud and now it's so very bad, even when I turn the speakers on it sounds like crap. These are good speakers too, FLAC used to sound amazing and now...crap!
Do you have regular stereo speakers (plugged into same the "lime green" L/R-front speaker jack on the back panel or front panel of your case), for ordinary external stereo sound use when you don't want to use your headphones? How do they sound? Does the "test" from Realtek HD Audio Manager produce clean sound from the two real speakers, or is it poor?
If the speakers sound good, it seems like you probably have a hardware problem in headphones... perhaps in the cable, or the connector.
If the speakers also sound bad, you probably have a hardware problem on the motherboard re:ALC888, and/or that lime green connector may be bad from use.
If "playback devices" shows SPEAKERS, then the ALC88 thinks it's feeding speakers. The sound through either true speakers or your headphones (plugged into the same lime green jack) should sound identical.