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Windows 7: Realtek® ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio Very Quiet

10 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Realtek® ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio Very Quiet

Hey. I have the Logitech LS21 speakers. I know they are cheap speakers. When I first set them up, I was actually very impressed with the volume and quality of the sound and bass. It was enough to fill my modest sized room with loud clear sound and rich base when listening to music. I had them connected to the audio jack on my ASUS M5A78L LE using the Realtek audio described in the title.

At some point I chose to reinstall Windows. I installed and updated all the drivers, etc and set the speakers up the same way as before. Only this time the audio was around 20% of the volume it was previously with volume up full. In games it's barely audible at all unless I put my ear to one of the speakers.

I first tried using different Realtek drivers including the ones shipped with the motherboard, the latest on the ASUS web site as well as the latest from Realtek's site. All of these drivers yield the same results. I also tried tweaking many settings in Windows and with Realtek's audio manager. Nothing seems to raise the volume.

So I decided to test the speakers out without the Realtek audio. Plugging the jack directly into my monitor and using an AMD HDMI Driver. Surprisingly, the speakers were now much, much louder. However, without the use of the sound card, the audio became quite distorted when the volume or base was raised. And in general, just wasn't as good quality.

I'd like to get back the loud clear sound and deep base I had originally, but I do not know what else to try.

Any theories, suggestions, help or advise would be greatly appreciated.

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10 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

What do you show in the Device Manager, for sound devices? You should only have two, the AMD HDMI and the RealTek. If you have the generic Windows installed HD Audio Codec, uninstall that, then restart the PC and see if that changes anything.
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10 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

You checked the mixer volume settings and the levels in playback devices?

[right click the volume icon in task tray]

I'm sporting ALC-889 with modest X-31's by Logitech myself, but great for my needs.
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