...it's the best Realtek can do.
Same problem here, man. I've had this 9880 for 2 months, dicked with the audio options countless times. Still has tinny sound with no bass.
I run my lappy through a receiver that has a graphic eq. My old Dell Inspiron 8200 used to thump, and raise the freq meters on my receiver considerably.
This 9880 barely makes them pop up above flat zero.
I think part of the problem is that the jack we use for "line out", is also wired to be the center channel in Dolby Digital, if you set it up that way.
The center channel doesn't pump out much bass in most systems, unless you have a good system that allows you to specify what your crossover is going to be. Then you can run the center all the way down to around 20hz.
This laptop doesn't have those capabilities. The crossover is set by Realtek and it's not user defineable.
It must be set pretty damn high...like around 120hz or so, on these 9880's.
Only shot at good bass from this system is to get a true 5.1 or 7.1 system, to run the sound into. Then, the subwoofer output is going to give us our missing bass.
I'm hoping to buy a good speaker system this Christmas, to finally get some damn bass.
Only minor tweak I've come across is to turn OFF the srs surround. Hit fn plus F1 to disable it, then turn up your volume on whatever you run your sound into.
Disabling the srs wipes out alot of the very high treble and "slop" from all the reverb from the fake surround.
...about all there is on this subject.