For no obvious reason playback is now poor quality, flat and lacks treble

Computer input to Audacity sounds great but the replay of that recorded sound is very poor. Why has this suddenly happened?

What is that input and how are you listening to it?

It’s not really a playback problem, right? If you open a known-good WAV or MP3 in Audacity is sounds OK?

Thank you for your prompt reply.
First of all, I am 66 years old and have no real idea about computer software except I am using Audacity 3.4.2 and I am running Windows 10, so please bear with me.
To answer your question the input to Audacity is BBC Sounds.
If I input another MP3 (recorded before the problem started) into Audacity the playback is very good. However, If I record something now using Audacity and save it as an MP3, the sound is very poor if I replay it in VLC!

If you are on Windows, make sure Windows “enhancements” are turned OFF. Sometimes Windows tries to help with noise reduction, etc.

MacOS may have something similar.

Is that streaming? …Are you recording what’s playing on the compute, using WASAPI loopback or “Stereo Mix”?

Again thank you for your reply. I have checked and no sound enhancements are being used. I guess it is streaming.
I think I have the settings "Are you recording what’s playing on the compute, using WASAPI loopback or “Stereo Mix”?
Host: MME
Playback : Realtek Speakers (High definition)
Recording Device: Desktop Microphone (Microsoft) - I have no microphone connected to the computer nor webcam or anything like that)
Recording Channels: 2 Stereo
Project/Default Sample Rate 44100Hz, 32-bit float

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