A bit of a backstory (you can skip it):
I use my laptop as my main and portable source of music (aside smartphone) and I always complained about the quality of sound on my old laptop. Now I bought new one, much expensive one (alienware 17 R3) with a dedicated sound card (sound blaster) and expected to have finally something decent.
At first when I heard the music I was disappointed with the lack of dynamic but soon discovered I can boost it by the many options of the sound card (by default all was flatted out), but finally when I plugged some cheap usb speakers it really gave a kick. I can only imagine what it can sound with a quality speakers.
The main question here:
I compared the sound from spotify on manjaro and windows and there is no doubt, music is soooo much better in windows! In linux it sounds like from a can . There is no advanced sound card panel (as it is for nvidia) in linux so maybe I miss something. Maybe I can somehow tweak the sound or use different driver or whatever to obtain comparable quality? Please bare in mind that I didn't pay much attention to sound as the speakers on old laptop were weak so I just accepted what it was, so I am completely newbie in this area.
I know that my laptop can produce better music (in windows) so can you help me to get started how can I improve sound quality in linux? What should I learn, install, check, tweak?
This is important to me, because I often play music from my laptop whenever I am and it would suck if I had to switch to windows every time I want to use it.