Audio will not go over 100%

Was audio changed with the last update?

I cant go to settings>Audio>and put audio level above 100%

100% is the highest it'll go.

My laptop has pretty low audio, I have bad hearing also, so it helps putting audio at 130%.

where garuda-inxi?

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Sorry I rarely have issues and forgot about this. In my opinion nothing is broken, I'm just deaf and need it to be louder.


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Among the KDE audio settings, there is a checkbox that allows you to go over 100% volume. I really cannot recommend that though, as it causes a lot of distortion.


Thank you, that was it. I'm not worried about distortion because I need to be able to hear what I'm listening to.

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You might want to try a hardware audio amplifier for that. They seem to go mostly without distortion and can go very loud. They do however require analog headphones to my knowledge

Edit: E.g. the Chord Mojo (I don't know really many more, all my knowledge regarding that is from DankPods blowing up headphones lol)

There is a risk of blowing out your speakers when you push your audio past 100%. Some people have been made very sorry over the years from doing this. Fair warning to those using this option that it comes with the potential for damaging your hardware.

We have gotten some user complaints in the past blaming the damage on the distro. If you choose to implement this option and you damage your audio hardware that's on you, (not the distro). Just a word of caution for those thinking of using this option with a set of fairly expensive speakers, (you may regret it).


"Why don't you just make ten louder, and make ten be the top number, and make that a little louder?"

"...These go to eleven."


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