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Speakers/Windows 7 Compatability

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WayOut

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I recently upgraded my PC from Vista Home 32-bit to Windows Home Edition 64-bit; wiped my hard drive and all that, and reinstalled my old programs. Basically a very successful clean install, and I love the new OS. However, my 8 year-old Altec Lansing speakers beg to differ. They have not really been used since I discovered them in heaps of my dad's old stuff in September, and on Ubuntu and Vista they worked marvelously - they're pretty damn expensive speakers, they're just from 2002 or so. And they weren't open when I found them, so obviously no problems with them. But as soon as I upgraded to Windows 7, I encountered a few problems. When listening to music on Winamp or iTunes, the speakers seem drowned-out, the treble is almost uncomprehensible in some songs, and the mids seem to either be too loud or too quiet. The bass, on the other hand, is better than ever. It's nothing to do with the EQ's in iTunes or Winamp, those are set to the way I had them in Vista, and on games the speakers seem to work fine. Could it be a problem with porting the songs from Vista to 7, or is it a problem with the OS and speakers themselves? If it is a problem with the songs, what could I do to fix them? I'm a pretty big music fan in general, and it seems like every other of my 4,000 songs has the problem. Thanks to whoever helps, and happy holidays. :)
 
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Randyman...

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Make sure Winamp and/or iTunes doesn't have all of the crappy "Enhancements" turned on. Also check your Audio Driver to see if it has any of these stupid DSP/Environment settings engaged by default (or inadvertently engaged by some arbitrary keystroke or whatever). Disable ALL of that stuff - maybe use a LITTLE EQ, and you should be golden...

:cool:
 
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WayOut

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They're all either in MP3 or AAC("AAC+"?), and I didn't convert them to anything when upgrading; just put 'em on an external drive and put 'em back after upgrading.

Checked the sound drivers, checked the iTunes settings, no "enhancements" to be found anywhere. Maybe I'm not looking in the right place?
 

Randyman...

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So, this same MoBo's Audio worked fine with a different OS Install? Gotta be settings/enhancements or other software/drivers somewhere if that is the case...

Can you try a different set of speakers or headphones to see of they exhibit the same poor sound on your soundcard? And can you try the speakers on an iPod or something to test them just to rule out the Hardware all together?

:cool:
 
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WayOut

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Just tried a few songs on my iphone, most sound fine, but 3 out of the 25 songs I played only worked in the left earbud. The whole song, too, so it's not a problem with the earbuds. Games/apps with sound also sounded fine. So I'm guessing it's something wrong with the ports of the songs.
 
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WayOut

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I'll try deleting/re-porting the songs over tomorrow and update. Seems like a weird problem.