Linked by pepa on Fri 9th Nov 2012 23:18 UTC
Gnome "I'm writing to inform you that the release team discussed Drop or Fix Fallback Mode yesterday. We've come to the conclusion that we can't maintain fallback mode in reasonable quality, and are better off dropping it." Gnome-fallback has been my refuge, as I find both Unity and Gnome 3's shell unusable. Yes, we have been warned this would happen. I thought the cost of maintaining gnome-panel would be so low that it might never need to happen. But as it appears, it is deemed necessary. As for me, I'm bound for something Qt, as I am very angry at Gnome for abandoning its 'classic' users.
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by zima on Sun 11th Nov 2012 06:17 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: XFCE"
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3. Have you ever wondered why you can't increase the volume beyond some point? Of course you can, if software wouldn't limit you.

You can't really, hardware has clear limits (plus it working at/near them often isn't the most optimal situation, can introduce greater distortions).

Of course, there are some tricks - with volume control going "to 11" it's more than likely at the cost of reducing dynamic range, introducing sound compression (NOT the same as psychoacoustic sound compression, like mp3! Check Wiki article about "Loudness War" to get an idea - compressing the dynamic range features there prominently). It perceptibly increases loudness, even while not going beyond the maximum threshold of audio output levels.

In short, it alters the sound somewhat, happens at the cost of quality.

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by pepa on Sun 11th Nov 2012 07:06 in reply to "RE[6]: XFCE"
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If something is recorded at low levels, surely it can be played back louder than "max", though I guess at the expense of quality, like blowing up a picture beyond it's native resolution.

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by zima on Sun 11th Nov 2012 07:16 in reply to "RE[7]: XFCE"
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Not only when it is recorded at low levels, that's the whole point (of dynamic compression, how it's used in Loudness War, etc.) - but, yes, changing the sound somewhat.

At the very least it would tend to make noise more prominent. If the processing is simple (as is to be expected in such general user playback solutions) it could also introduce clipping of louder moments (really short moments).

Generally, that's a discussion more for ;) (one of the better ~audio resources on the web, with a strict no-BS policy, adhering to essentially scientific method, properly performed blind tests)

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