Commit adbaae77 authored by Alexander Patrakov's avatar Alexander Patrakov Committed by Tanu Kaskinen

Disable LFE remixing by default

The current LFE crossover filter removes low frequencies from the main
channels and puts them into the LFE channel with the wrong amplitude.
It is not known for sure what is the correct relative amplitude (acoustic
measurements are required with real hardware), and changing that might
introduce a new bug, "it clips the LFE channel".

So just disable the feature by default until a better understanding
emerges how it should work. This, essentially, returns the defaults
to their state as of PulseAudio 6.0.

Some more observations:

- Most of available active analog speakers on the market do the
necessary crossover filtering already, and HDMI receivers can be
configured to do that, too, so a crossover filter in PulseAudio is
harmful in these use cases.

- The "laptop with a builtin subwoofer" use case requires manual
configuration anyway because the default crossover frequency (120 Hz) is
wrong for laptop speakers.

- Finally, Windows 10 with a built-in USB audio driver does not synthesize
the LFE channel given a 5.1 card and a stereo audio stream by default.

Hides: Alexander Patrakov's avatarAlexander E. Patrakov <>
parent 98c36f54
......@@ -136,12 +136,12 @@ License along with PulseAudio; if not, see <>.
channel is available as well. If no input LFE channel is
available the output LFE channel will always be 0. If no output
LFE channel is available the signal on the input LFE channel
will be ignored. Defaults to <opt>yes</opt>.</p>
will be ignored. Defaults to <opt>no</opt>.</p>
<p><opt>lfe-crossover-freq=</opt> The crossover frequency (in Hz) for the
LFE filter. Defaults to 120 Hz. Set it to 0 to disable the LFE filter.</p>
LFE filter. Set it to 0 to disable the LFE filter. Defaults to 0.</p>
......@@ -82,8 +82,8 @@ static const pa_daemon_conf default_conf = {
.log_time = false,
.resample_method = PA_RESAMPLER_AUTO,
.disable_remixing = false,
.disable_lfe_remixing = false,
.lfe_crossover_freq = 120,
.disable_lfe_remixing = true,
.lfe_crossover_freq = 0,
.config_file = NULL,
.use_pid_file = true,
.system_instance = false,
......@@ -54,8 +54,8 @@ ifelse(@HAVE_DBUS@, 1, [dnl
; resample-method = speex-float-1
; enable-remixing = yes
; enable-lfe-remixing = yes
; lfe-crossover-freq = 120
; enable-lfe-remixing = no
; lfe-crossover-freq = 0
; flat-volumes = yes
......@@ -142,8 +142,8 @@ pa_core* pa_core_new(pa_mainloop_api *m, bool shared, bool enable_memfd, size_t
c->realtime_scheduling = false;
c->realtime_priority = 5;
c->disable_remixing = false;
c->disable_lfe_remixing = false;
c->lfe_crossover_freq = 120;
c->disable_lfe_remixing = true;
c->lfe_crossover_freq = 0;
c->deferred_volume = true;
c->resample_method = PA_RESAMPLER_SPEEX_FLOAT_BASE + 1;
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