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#1 2021-10-12 21:46:54

themusicalduck
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Registered: 2011-07-04
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[SOLVED] Pipewire left and right plays in both speakers. Sounds "narro

Since sometime yesterday my sound is stuck in some weird configuration where left and right are not only going to left and right in my headphones. It seems like the left is mostly left, and right mostly right, but both channels play in both speakers. If I go to pavucontrol and move the channel sliders independently, turning left all the way down does not make the sound only play through right and vice versa.

It's like my sound is almost in mono, but not quite.

This happens on every application and is noticeable when using the headphone test in gnome control settings or test tone in easyeffects. I can't see any easyeffects are applied and when clicking the global bypass there is no difference.

This is a pastebin with what I think are the relevant config files - https://pastebin.com/k8x0hgZL

journalctl --user -b -u pipewire-pulse or pipwire doesn't show anything except to say that they started successfully.

I tried clearing out ~/.config/pipewire and ~/.config/pulse but it didn't help.

These are my installed packages relating to pipewire:

  ~ pacman -Qs pipewire
local/easyeffects 6.1.3-1
    Audio Effects for Pipewire applications
local/gst-plugin-pipewire 1:0.3.38-1
    Multimedia graph framework - pipewire plugin
local/libpipewire02 0.2.7-2
    Low-latency audio/video router and processor - legacy client library
local/pipewire 1:0.3.38-1
    Low-latency audio/video router and processor
local/pipewire-media-session 1:0.3.38-1
    Low-latency audio/video router and processor - Session manager
local/pipewire-pulse 1:0.3.38-1
    Low-latency audio/video router and processor - PulseAudio replacement

I get the same issue if I switch to pulseaudio temporarily. I also tried downgrading pipewire related packages to 1:0.3.37 but it didn't help.

I'm using Gnome and a fully up to date Arch install.

Thanks.

Last edited by themusicalduck (2021-10-12 22:00:37)

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#2 2021-10-12 22:00:11

themusicalduck
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Re: [SOLVED] Pipewire left and right plays in both speakers. Sounds "narro

I don't know why I didn't do this first, but I just tried another pair of headphones and they are fine, so I guess it's really just something wrong with the headphones I was using.

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#3 2021-10-12 22:19:35

Slithery
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Re: [SOLVED] Pipewire left and right plays in both speakers. Sounds "narro

Did you check that you'd pushed in the headphone jack all the way?
If it's not all the way in you'll get the issue described in your OP.


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#4 2021-10-13 20:42:28

themusicalduck
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Re: [SOLVED] Pipewire left and right plays in both speakers. Sounds "narro

Thanks. I replugged the jack a few times and turned it around the socket. Tried it in my phone too but it had the same effect. It was definitely plugged in.

It is a weird problem. Normally I'd expect one side to go over the other, but it's like the wires have become crossed somehow and the channels getting mixed.

I have a replacement cable coming in the post tomorrow, so I'll see what comes of that.

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