Crackling sound/interference coming from speakers

Discussion in 'Sound Cards and Speakers' started by mran, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. mran

    mran New Member

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    Hi everyone, I purchased a new computer from Amazon in September and when I connected it to my amplifier and switched the amp on, there was a crackling sound coming from the speakers, regardless of how high I set the volume. Using the scroll wheel on my wireless mouse intensified the sound which evidenced that it caused interference. The company that sold the computer (through Amazon) suggested using a shielded cable, which I tried but it made no difference.

    I sent the computer back and got a different one from Amazon and now I have the exact same problem. The amp is an SPL 300 series connected to two Kef speakers and the computer brand is OCHW, with an AMD processor. Does anyone have any advice about getting rid of the noise?
     
  2. revolution221

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    What're the specs?
    It depends on where your audio is coming from (like the mobo to the amp to the speakers or a sound card to the amp to the speakers)
    Audio that comes from a mobo (or even soundcard) can get electrical interference if it is not shielded within the mobo itself
    Have you tried a different sample rate?
     
  3. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    Perhaps move your amp further away from your wireless mouse receiver.
     
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  4. _Kyle_

    _Kyle_ Well-Known Member

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    Better yet, they can wrap their amplifier in aluminum foil.
     
  5. mran

    mran New Member

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    I had to look up the term mobo.

    Anyway, I'm fairly sure the audio is coming from the sound card but I will investigate. And no I haven't tried a different sample rate but I will do (if I can). What sort of specs do you mean?
     
  6. revolution221

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    Specifically what motherboard and sound card you have
    Once in a blue moon I get crackling from my sound card and I change the sample rate to something else and then back to where it was.
    In windows 10 it'll let you set it by right clicking the volume button>open volume mixer>Advanced
     
  7. revolution221

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    Also, since this is a new pc you might need to install your audio drivers (if you han't already)
    The most recent one on the manufacturers site should be used
     
  8. mran

    mran New Member

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    OK, I've tried every sample rate available and none of them made a difference. I think the audio drivers are already installed because the PC does produce sound, but crackles simultaneously.
     
  9. revolution221

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    Hmm, outside the drivers that has me stumped :/
    It's either that or your getting interference from something electrical inside or outside the case
    Anyone have any ideas?​
     
  10. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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    Is there a reason you can't just use the sound card 3.5mm outputs?

    I can only guess at the source..

    Pops and cracks are generally from the cable/connections. Dirty contacts are common causes. Pops and cracks when adjusting volume are usually dirty pots.

    Hiss is usually poor components or interference.

    Beeps, which might be easily confused with pops are interference. Interference could come in transit or internal to the amp depending on its design.

    Since your mouse is wireless, I'd expect interference on any signal from the mouse not just the wheel if it were the (only) cause.
     
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  11. mran

    mran New Member

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    Thanks I'll try that if I can. I have other things near by that could cause interference like a wireless keyboard and an Amazon echo spot.

    EDIT: ok, I've used an Ultra-DI 2 channel splitter between the computer and the amp which seems to have solved the problem. Note that it requires a 9 volt battery.
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019

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