I'm not trying to go around in circles I was sharing my experiences and issues I've had with it so far, talking in layman terms. But I guess forming my own opinions about stuff is bad and wrong during a time when were meant to be testing a program to see whether it is reliable enough and good enough to use. So I'll break it down into a more technical stand point, as it will expand on things hopefully making them more clear.
The sound quality issue is across 3 different audio chipsets those being:
*the Burr-Brown PCM1796 *4 and Cirrus-Logic CS5381* 1 which is a chipset that operates on the dolby, open al and asio standards of the asus xonar
*ALC892 by Realtek which operates on its own propitiatory audio standards also known as realtek HD audio (this is the onboard audio chip on about 85% of all motherboards)
*ALC3246 by realtek using the Waves MaxxAudio Pro propitiatory audio standards
If that sample size was not a large enough here is a link to over a few hundred people with different setups with the same problem, relating to the audio quality of discord compared with just about every other voip client under the sun (I got bored of looking at different sites with hundreds of comments by about page 3). http://lmgtfy.com/?q=discord+codec
I found this while trying to see if there was a way to make the audio any better and what codec it was using for compression.
The actual issue which was easier to put as "muffled and tinny" then write all this out is that discord uses a really low bitrate in comparison to other client (20kbps-96kbps, with 40kbps on average). This is in addition to the fact that before the audio even reaches the codec for compression, that discord tampers with the waveform of the audio stream using its own compression algorithms. These two factors have the knock on effect of which I described as "muffled and tinny" as the audio is getting compressed twice before it is even transmitted to the other user. Resulting in quality loss I haven't mentioned anything about clarity as it that isn't the issue it is the quality drop that is.
As for the codec its self it uses the exact same one as mumble and a large number of other clients with the reason it may sound worse on mumble to you being the quality setting. As I run on high quality (part of the audio wizard which is run during install unless skipped) which is approximately 128kbps bitrate, now that pretty much all broadband providers offer more then enough bandwidth to make that insignificant; meaning there is no reason to run it lower. As for TS and vent sounding worse they do at the lower bitrates and with lower quality codecs that some providers use, but for about 50 cent to a dollar extra a month you can get the better codecs at higher bitrates that do sound better. Surprisingly with sound the amount of data moved has a large effect on the quality of the audio produced, in addition to the level of compression (think mp3s or real audio files in the 90's compared to ones now available).
The "crash" it is not a java issue as the program is not written in java as it is written in ever PHP or HTML5 (probably HTML5), this is clear to see as
1) I don't have java installed on any of my computers, due to it being buggy, insecure and full of zero day exploits that oracle can't be bothered to patch.
2) The install contains no .jar files (these are what java applets are contained in)
Yes your crash could be reporting that it was a problem with java as it tends not to play well with other programs on machines it is installed on. But the problem is it becoming unresponsive before it has even loaded fully just displaying a white screen. As it is breaking in such a specular way that means you can not close it without killing the task from task manager, it is not getting to a point where it can generate a log.
I was just trying to highlight the fact that this will be a problem later along the line, as more people add more variables resulting in it being more likely to happen to others. The following link increases the sample size again to a few hundred, as well as being proof of it not just being my setup. This problem happens on ever OS including mac, again I got bored of reading from multiple sources about it whilte looking for a fix. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=discord+white+screen
Regarding the window size as I
said it is okay for short messages
(such as one or two sentences)
when scaled down, but anything
longer and you get a wall of text similar to
how I've written this. Resulting in the inability to
follow it while gaming without alt-tabbing
to scroll. Making it hard to follow
in general, while scaled. With any tall
images also requiring scrolling,
meaning you can miss things very
easily. In addition to this
the whole having a
chatroom such as that
makes the point of
a website with a forum
redundant, along with
any other for of group chat.
As it draws posts away from them
meaning that there is no
incentive for new and old
members to post anything.
Again back to accessibility yes you can just click the link and start chatting right away, but if you want to use it for anything other then a quick chat every once in a while you are required to download the app. This is due to the website being very limiting on what features it lets you use, making the app the only true way of utilising it efficiently as a gaming voip client. This is down to it being in Hammer & Chisels best interest to get you to sign up for an account and download the app, if you want the full experience and utility. Currently discord is a venture capital company with no long term way of making money, having high server and marketing costs. Meaning that the only thing they have of value at the moment is your data, which there terms and services basically mean they can use it how ever they like. So you are having to make a larger commitment to using it then you would with the rest of its competition.
So I stand by my decision that that in its current state, it is not ready for prime time. Being willing to look the other way and still use the program if that is the consensus, but I know if I was a new member and suffered from any of these issues; I for one would not join.