Stereo Intermittent Static/Crackling issues...USB DAC??

Discussion in 'DACs' started by Adventist25, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Adventist25

    Adventist25 New Member

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    Hi guys,

    So I have had this lingering problem that doesn't happen very often but when it does its super annoying!

    Here is my "system"..

    1.) ibm t60 laptop with Windows 7 32-bit. Using Itunes 10 for music playback
    2.) "Hot Audio" USB WoW DAC
    3.) Sony STR-7055
    4.) KLH model 6

    So i would say about 95% of the time everything plays smoothly from my computer and I'm happy. What happens occassionally, however, is that I lose the left channel and beautiful music gets replaced with static/crackling sounds from that speaker. I used to think it was my receiver (was using a yamaha) but I have since replaced it with a known working Sony that sounds excellent. I've read of others having these kind of issues with USB DAC's so that's why I believe its the Dac. While this only happens occasionally, i would like a completely working set up without worrying about this happening at all..

    Any ideas, please?
     
  2. Adventist25

    Adventist25 New Member

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    Last night I did some more reading on the issue and set the process priority for Itunes in Windows as "High".

    Maybe that will help..
     
  3. Adventist25

    Adventist25 New Member

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    Nope problem is still there =/
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012
  4. Battlehork

    Battlehork Active Member

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    I had a similar issue once, although it was happening on both channels. Try turning the master volume down in Windows to about 50% and use more gain on the amp side.
     
  5. Adventist25

    Adventist25 New Member

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    Hmm thanks for that suggestion Battlehork, I will try that out today!
     
  6. Adventist25

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    Wow.. well just to update I changed the master control volume in windows to 50% and i haven't heard any static since!

    Thanks so much for that simple suggestion battle.. I think that solved it! :music:
     

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