Somethings up with my audio

Audio from my bluetooth earphones is pretty weak when i use it on my laptop.
It's fine when I use them on other devices, like my iPad or phone.

Do you think its a driver issue?

inxi -Fxxxa
System:    Host: Hakai Kernel: 5.12.5-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0  
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen root=UUID=4fc192a5-4dac-4f98-9627-c8c07b6f886c  
rw rootflags=subvol=@ quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3
Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.21.5 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM  
Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux  
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: Sony product: SVF1531GSAB v: C10J5E30 serial: <superuser required>  
Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>  
Mobo: Sony model: VAIO serial: <superuser required> UEFI-[Legacy]: Insyde v: R1100DB  
date: 01/26/2016  
CPU:       Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core i7-4500U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Haswell family: 6  
model-id: 45 (69) stepping: 1 microcode: 26 cache: L2: 4 MiB  
flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 bogomips: 19155  
Speed: 1796 MHz min/max: 800/3000 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1796 2: 1796 3: 1796 4: 1796  
Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX unsupported  
Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion  
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable  
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI  
Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp  
Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization  
Type: spectre_v2  
mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling  
Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode  
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics vendor: Sony driver: i915 v: kernel
bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0a16 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: NVIDIA GK208M [GeForce GT 740M] vendor: Sony driver: nouveau v: kernel
bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1292 class-ID: 0302
Device-3: Chicony Front Camera type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 2-5:5 chip-ID: 04f2:b3aa
class-ID: 0e02 serial: 0001
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: loaded: intel,nouveau
unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.0x11.2") s-diag: 582mm (22.9")
Monitor-1: eDP1 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 143 size: 340x190mm (13.4x7.5") diag: 389mm (15.3")
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 4400 (HSW GT2) v: 4.5 Mesa 21.1.0 compat-v: 3.0
direct render: Yes
Audio:     Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT HD Audio vendor: Sony driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
bus-ID: 00:03.0 chip-ID: 8086:0a0c class-ID: 0403
Device-2: Intel 8 Series HD Audio vendor: Sony driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
chip-ID: 8086:9c20 class-ID: 0403
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.12.5-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: JACK v: 0.125.0 running: no
Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 14.2 running: yes
Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.28 running: yes
Network:   Device-1: Broadcom BCM43142 802.11b/g/n vendor: Foxconn driver: wl v: kernel port: 5040
bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 14e4:4365 class-ID: 0280
IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: 0c:84:dc:fd:05:e9
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Sony driver: r8169
v: kernel port: 4000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: 78:84:3c:3b:a9:8e
Bluetooth: Device-1: Foxconn / Hon Hai BCM43142A0 type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 2-4:4
chip-ID: 0489:e062 class-ID: fe01 serial: 0C84DCFD05EA
Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 2 state: up address: 0C:84:DC:FD:05:EA
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SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
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scheme: MBR
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dev: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17
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dev: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17
ID-4: /var/tmp raw-size: 465.76 GiB size: 465.76 GiB (100.00%) used: 25.92 GiB (5.6%) fs: btrfs
dev: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17
Swap:      Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache-pressure: 75 (default 100)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 2.9 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 32767 dev: /dev/zram0
ID-2: swap-2 type: zram size: 2.9 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 32767 dev: /dev/zram1
ID-3: swap-3 type: zram size: 2.9 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 32767 dev: /dev/zram2
ID-4: swap-4 type: zram size: 2.9 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 32767 dev: /dev/zram3
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 43.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:      Processes: 223 Uptime: 34m wakeups: 1 Memory: 11.59 GiB used: 2.74 GiB (23.7%) Init: systemd
v: 248 tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 11.1.0 Packages: pacman: 1247 lib: 327
Shell: fish v: 3.2.2 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.04

What does this mean?


Right sorry, What I meant was that the audio output isn't loud. even if its maxed out there is quite a big difference from how it sounds in other devices.

when I play anything in YouTube i can almost hear nothing, even if my earphones and YouTubes volume has been maxed out, there is an audio output But it's extremely weak.

Weirdly Spotify sounds fine.

Any idea why?

Is this specific to the BT earphone or a general issue with all audio outputs?

Have you checked e.g. pavucontrol to make sure the levels for this output are at a reasonable point?


Inbuilt speakers are fine, It seems to be an issue with my bluetooth connection. Not specifically my earphones. the output has been set to max, but the audio never seems to reach that point. Normally it used to but it doesn't anymore.

Right i got no bass now :sob:

Yeah okay I reinstalled chrome, that somehow fixed that.

Sorry about this, The thread can be closed now!


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