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  1. #1
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    Audio sounds like crap...need help!

    Hey guys, I just finished building my first pc...being on a budget my build went as such:

    gigabye 990FXA-UD3
    AMD 555BE
    Corsair Force 64 gig SSD
    WD Blue 500 gig HD
    8 gig of G. Skill ram
    EVGA GTX550ti
    Win 7 Pro.

    Assembly and first fire went well, I first noticed the audio sounded crackly and digital like almost immediately. I was not worried as I new I needed to install all the latest drivers. After installing all of the latest driver for all components nothing has changed.

    So I go to control panel and open RealTEK AUDIO config/test software and in this screen when I test the audio it sounds fine.

    Any other application that requires audio sounds like crap.
    Anybody have any ideas where I need to look?

    I am using the analog connections and not the digital at the moment. I need to the the digital outputs when I get time.

    Thanks

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    What speakers do you have?
    Over-hyped/priced headphone/headset/IEM brands that you should avoid: Beats, Bose, Monster, Skullcandy (SLYR is fine), Tritton, Turtle Beach, V-Moda (Crossfades are fine), Audio-Technica
    Generally amazing headphone brands: Brainwavz, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony | Generally amazing IEM brands: Brainwavz, Soundmagic, VSonic
    Best headphones ~$25: Panasonic HTF600 | ~$50: Superlux HD668B (needs EQing) | ~$100: NVX XPT100 | ~$200: Sennheiser HD 598 | Add an Antlion ModMic ($40) for DIY headset!
    Best IEMs ~$25: Xiaomi 2nd Piston (better than VSonic VC02 in almost every way if you have a 5-band EQ) | ~$50: Vsonic VC02 (neutral out of the box)

    [ i5 3570k @ 4.6ghz @ 1.170V, <60C @ 100% load | Noctua NH-D14 | 8 gb G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 | ASUS P8Z77-M | Sapphire 7970 @ 1150/1425 @ 1.200 | 500/1K gig Seagates | XFX 650w | Cooler Master HAF 922 ]
    Sound Card: AUDIOTRAK Prodigy HD2 ADVANCE DE Special Edition (2xLT1364 + LT1361) | Headset: NVX XPT100 + Antlion Modmic

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    they are just the same crappy Dell 2.1 set up from my previous PC....they function fine. I my tried headphones to see if I get the same results and I do.

    Is it my mother board? would a sound card fix this?

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    Member Darknecron's Avatar
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    I would make sure that the 3.5mm jack is clear (there could be some dust in there...). If it is clear...then it is probably your mobo, and yes a sound card should fix that.
    Over-hyped/priced headphone/headset/IEM brands that you should avoid: Beats, Bose, Monster, Skullcandy (SLYR is fine), Tritton, Turtle Beach, V-Moda (Crossfades are fine), Audio-Technica
    Generally amazing headphone brands: Brainwavz, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony | Generally amazing IEM brands: Brainwavz, Soundmagic, VSonic
    Best headphones ~$25: Panasonic HTF600 | ~$50: Superlux HD668B (needs EQing) | ~$100: NVX XPT100 | ~$200: Sennheiser HD 598 | Add an Antlion ModMic ($40) for DIY headset!
    Best IEMs ~$25: Xiaomi 2nd Piston (better than VSonic VC02 in almost every way if you have a 5-band EQ) | ~$50: Vsonic VC02 (neutral out of the box)

    [ i5 3570k @ 4.6ghz @ 1.170V, <60C @ 100% load | Noctua NH-D14 | 8 gb G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 | ASUS P8Z77-M | Sapphire 7970 @ 1150/1425 @ 1.200 | 500/1K gig Seagates | XFX 650w | Cooler Master HAF 922 ]
    Sound Card: AUDIOTRAK Prodigy HD2 ADVANCE DE Special Edition (2xLT1364 + LT1361) | Headset: NVX XPT100 + Antlion Modmic

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    Before you go buying a sound card, check the priority of sound and media applications in the windows registry. If it is for some reason set to 0 or something stupid like that, make it 20 which is normal.

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    My headphones do this at certain sound levels because they are going out. Does it improve or get worse if you move the sound level around slowly?
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    Before you change to a soundcard perhaps I could tell you about a similar issue I had and my findings. I found onboard was crackly so I installed an Asus Xonar DX, however I noticed when there was no playback there was still a crackling noise in the background. Eventually I toucked the 3.5mm jack to an exposed metal part of my case and found that the exact noise was being produced throughout my case.

    I've concluded that the noise is created by some other device in my house as the fault has occurred with two mainboards and two separate sound cards. The better the quality of the headphones you get the more noticeable the sound becomes.

    My fix has been this. I've ordered a Turtle Beach DSS 2 Optical game DAC for $60. This will electronically decouple my audio from the computer itself and theoretically avoid the noise by using the optical Toslink out from my mainboard. I'm hoping it fixes my issue.

    Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS 2
    CPU & HSF: AMD FX-8120 & Noctua NH-D14
    Mobo: Asus M5A97-EVO
    RAM: 16GB (4Gx4) DDR3 2133 G.Skill RipjawZ F3-17000CL11Q-16GBZL
    Storage: 1x 120GB OCZ Vertex II SSD, 1x 250GB Samsung 830 SSD, 1x 1.5TB Samsung Silencer Series HDD
    GFX: 4GB Gigabyte ATI R9 270X OC Edition + Yamakasi Catleap Q270 SE 27" IPS LED LCD
    Audio: Asus Xonar DX, Senheiser CX270 earbuds + BM800 Condenser Microphone
    Case & Lighting: Silverstone Temjin TJ04-E w/ Side Window + Red CCFL's
    PSU: 550W Antec EarthWatts Platinum
    My rig piccies & links

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    Did you end up resolving this?
    CPU & HSF: AMD FX-8120 & Noctua NH-D14
    Mobo: Asus M5A97-EVO
    RAM: 16GB (4Gx4) DDR3 2133 G.Skill RipjawZ F3-17000CL11Q-16GBZL
    Storage: 1x 120GB OCZ Vertex II SSD, 1x 250GB Samsung 830 SSD, 1x 1.5TB Samsung Silencer Series HDD
    GFX: 4GB Gigabyte ATI R9 270X OC Edition + Yamakasi Catleap Q270 SE 27" IPS LED LCD
    Audio: Asus Xonar DX, Senheiser CX270 earbuds + BM800 Condenser Microphone
    Case & Lighting: Silverstone Temjin TJ04-E w/ Side Window + Red CCFL's
    PSU: 550W Antec EarthWatts Platinum
    My rig piccies & links

    "Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right." H.L. MENCKEN

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    I had this issue with my Asus board with the front headphone jack. I figured what the issue was for me. The front HD sound header cable was crossing a fan and it was picking up fan vibration noise. I rerouted the cable and it went away.
    Mobo ASRock z77 Extreem4
    CPU i7-2600k @ 4.2 1.20v
    CPU HS/F Corsair H-100
    RAM Corsair Veng 12gig DDR3-1600
    GPU EVGA 760 SC Acx
    Storage 2tb HDD
    DVD Samsung BD/DVD/CD
    Inputs Logitech G510 and G700
    Sound Sb X-Fi titanium , TB DX12
    Case Haf X Advanced
    PSU TT TR2 RX 750w
    My Heatware

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