Buzzing sound from 5.1 headset

Hello Garuda users.

I've got a headset with virtual 5.1 surround sound.
A Tronsmart Glary . When activate it in the audio settings with "digital surround 5.1 (IEC958/AC3)" the sound is just noise.
I found a similar topic which was closed, and the given solution did not help me.

As mentioned there, I added "options snd-hda-intel and power_save=0 power_save_controller=N" to the otherwise empty /etc/modprobe.d/local.conf .
I also tried "... snd_hda_intel and power_save..." as well as "... snd_usb_audio and power_save..." , without success.

The usual stereo mode of the headset works fine and.
On windows I also checked that 5.1 sound works on the headset. It does.

Thanks for any help or directions


# garuda-inxi

Kernel: 5.18.2-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.1.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=af9e0d6f-f9f5-4dff-9429-ccb173eea0f2 rw [email protected]
quiet quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
loglevel=3 ibt=off
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.24.5 tk: Qt v: 5.15.4 info: latte-dock
wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: ROG STRIX X570-F GAMING v: Rev X.0x
serial: <superuser required> BIOS: American Megatrends v: 2802
date: 10/21/2020
Info: model: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen 3
family: 0x19 (25) model-id: 0x21 (33) stepping: 0 microcode: 0xA201009
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 3 MiB desc: 6x512 KiB
L3: 32 MiB desc: 1x32 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 3601 high: 3923 min/max: 2200/4650 boost: enabled
scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: performance cores: 1: 3596 2: 3591
3: 3593 4: 3593 5: 3591 6: 3371 7: 3610 8: 3584 9: 3586 10: 3591 11: 3923
12: 3592 bogomips: 88634
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
Type: l1tf status: Not affected
Type: mds status: Not affected
Type: meltdown status: Not affected
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW,
STIBP: always-on, RSB filling
Type: srbds status: Not affected
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Device-1: NVIDIA TU117 [GeForce GTX 1650] vendor: ZOTAC driver: nvidia
v: 470.129.06 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 515.xx+
status: current (as of 2022-05) arch: Turing pcie: gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s
lanes: 16 link-max: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s bus-ID: 07:00.0
chip-ID: 10de:1f82 class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.3 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.2
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: nvidia
unloaded: modesetting,nouveau alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa gpu: nvidia
display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 91 s-size: 535x301mm (21.06x11.85")
s-diag: 614mm (24.17")
Monitor-1: DP-0 pos: primary res: 1920x1080 dpi: 82
size: 598x336mm (23.54x13.23") diag: 686mm (27.01") modes: N/A
Monitor-2: HDMI-0 size-res: N/A modes: N/A
OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650/PCIe/SSE2
v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 470.129.06 direct render: Yes
Device-1: NVIDIA vendor: ZOTAC driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 3
speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 07:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10fa class-ID: 0403
Device-2: AMD Starship/Matisse HD Audio vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16
bus-ID: 09:00.4 chip-ID: 1022:1487 class-ID: 0403
Device-3: Barco Display Systems Tronsmart Glary type: USB
driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 5-4.2:5 chip-ID: 0600:8c16
class-ID: 0300
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.18.2-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 16.0 running: no
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.51 running: yes

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Did you (or Windows) install drivers for the headset?


What is the model of headset you trying this on? A lot of "Surround Sound" headsets aren't really running a multiple driver (speaker in the headset) setup; most are just the typical 2 driver stereo setup running virtual surround sound. (Thus you will get a buzzing sound from an unsupported audio setting)

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Oddly, I usually use earbuds plugged into my PC and have noticed a white-noise type buzz in the background recently. I have been meaning to look for bug reports...when I get time.

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