[LAU] Simple Computer Speakers
stuartl at longlandclan.id.au
Mon Jun 8 09:20:24 CEST 2020
On 7/6/20 1:29 pm, Kevin Cosgrove wrote:
> Is there anything I need to look out for when searching for a pair of US
> $20 USB connected computer speakers. This is for background audio, not
> recording nor monitoring. I'm mostly interested to know how careful I need
> to be to make sure USB speakers work on Linux.
Not very… I use some USB speakers on my workstation at work, a cheap
Bought for testing a SCADA driver that I had written to play a recording
on loop when a particular SCADA tag was toggled. (The application here
was audible alarms for a coal train weighbridge system. PortAudio +
libsndfile, stuffed into a MacroView "sorted image" driver --
dynamically linked of course!)
The only thing I note is there's a mixer quirk: they don't report the
supported range properly and so `alsamixer` basically has 5 levels: 0 is
off, 1 is quiet but still audible, 2 is a bit louder, 3 is basically
normal volume. Full volume is 4, and anything above that is
indistinguishable from 4.
Other than that, they seem to work just fine for the times I use them.
Definitely not audiophile grade, but good enough for casual use.
Stuart Longland (aka Redhatter, VK4MSL)
I haven't lost my mind...
...it's backed up on a tape somewhere.
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