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Disable all audio post processing (Dirac)

pierre_nicolas
Star II
The zenfone now seems like the phone to buy if you care about audio quality.
:white_heavy_check_mark: 3.5 mm headphone jack
:white_heavy_check_mark: High quality, loud stereo speakers
:white_heavy_check_mark: Supports all the Bluetooth streaming protocols and has a strong transmitter
But none of the reviews warned me that there's an always-on program constantly altering my audio.
Listening to music via LDAC on a Samsung, Sony, and HTC device all sounds the same, but with the zenfone sending audio, it is suddenly more compressed losing both clarity and dynamic range.
I will never understand why companies go to so much effort just to shoot themselves in the foot. Who wants a headphone jack in 2021 AND some chintzy audio enhancer messing with their audio?!
I can live with a lot of the quirks of this phone, but without the ability to completely disable the "audio wizard" I will be forced to return the phone.
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pierre_nicolas
Star II
That first thread muddied the water with other issues, and I don't feel that second thread did a very good job detailing why it would be of use to disable this feature.
I have managed to remove it with the help of developer tools, the relevant package is "se.dirac.acs"
Unfortunately this seems to have negatively impacted the performance of the phone's actual speakers so pick your poison.

erik_paladin
Rising Star I
It literary says in this post:
CH_ASUS

We are using the Snapdragon Aqstic DAC. There is no other DAC.

DIrac tuning , if no headphones are chosen in Audio Wizard, is not doing anything to the 3.5mm output.

The frequency response by default is flat for music:

zf8-audiojack-performance.png

For the other issue of Spotify outputting a lower volume for "local files" I dont think is related to audiowizard , but are you able to create a separate thread for that so we distinguish between topics?

Thanks!

(Edited the topic for this thread).


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DIrac tuning , if no headphones are chosen in Audio Wizard, is not doing anything to the 3.5mm output.
The frequency response by default is flat for music

edddd
Rising Star I
erik.paladin

It literary says in this post:

https://zentalk.asus.com/en/discussion/comment/175115#Comment_175115

DIrac tuning , if no headphones are chosen in Audio Wizard, is not doing anything to the 3.5mm output.

The frequency response by default is flat for music


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Somehow by answering one question they raised multiple other questions:
Do we need to choose no headphones or choose headphones to disable it? Wording is confusing.
So the frequency response is only flat, if the ZF somehow detects that it is playing music? Why not just always flat?