In December 2019 I updated my PC to cutting edge technology. Unlike in my older PC article, things aren't yet obsolete, so I figured I'll write what one needs to bear in mind if they want to optimize a new PC build. I'll also discuss some hardware/firmware bugs that still bother modern components.
As new motherboards don't have a PCI bus anymore, finding high-quality, low-latency audio devices that work in Linux might be hard. Released in November 2019, the Motu M4 promises class-compliance, low latency and superb sound quality. How does it measure against its specifications in practice? Read the article to find out.
Add Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS and RT audio info; some tidying up.
Ever since Bluez dropped support for Bluetooth audio using ALSA, people have been using PulseAudio to connect audio devices in Linux. However, there's a project called BlueALSA which supports high-quality cutting-edge codecs such as LDAC, and it works with pure ALSA. Read the article to see how to use it.
For a long, long time I've been thinking of modifying my original Austrian-made AKG K701 headphones to have a detachable cable. After owning the headphones for eleven years, I finally did it. At the same time I kind of made them wireless using the new FiiO BTR3. Check out the article to see how they fit together.
In a previous article I discussed KVM and its audio capabilities. As of now there still isn't a nicely working emulated audio device for Windows 10 guests let alone a working Skype for Business client for Linux. In my day job I have to attend Skype for Business (formerly Lync) meetings quite often but it was impossible using my work laptop, which has Linux. I finally took the time to check out how USB passthrough works in KVM and solved the problem. Read the article to see how.
Most mortals have to listen to music in a somewhat small room - a closed space, which will usually result in boomy bass at some frequencies, and terrible flutter echo in the upper end of the audible spectrum.
Read this article to find out quick and cheap tricks to remedy the problems.
Nowadays most Linux distributions probably use PulseAudio for audio. In my opinion, not that long ago it was completely unusable. I still do not use it on my main rig, and find it mostly an unnecessary piece of software that potentially creates latency or configuration problems. In most cases, you usually don't really need it. In this article I'll show some tricks on how to write a killer ALSA setup. Recommended for audiophiles, movie lovers, recording artists and other crazy folks.