Stereo Buzzing - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-17-2006, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
MechEng Extraordinaire
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,027
Send a message via AIM to cwiz
Default Stereo Buzzing

when you wire your sound card through a reciever (headphone jack to RCA) to play on some big speakers, there is typically a buzzing noize when you crank it up. Anyone know how to get rid of that? will getting a card w/ RCA out cure the buzz?


cwiz is offline  
Old 04-17-2006, 08:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
Junior Techie
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 53

what speakers are you using
btw. slowly pull the plug out a bit and see if that worked
i had that problem with a laptop and just pulled the power

atpat22 is offline  
Old 04-17-2006, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
Master Techie
aliasaid's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,400

when you have a lot of converting from one wire to another you introduce a lot of distortion to your system. your best bet is to get a soundcard that has optical-out; connected to a receiver with opitcal inputs (all new receivers have optical inputs..)

maybe the cables you're using are just low quality.
"Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand." -Confucius
aliasaid is offline  
Old 04-18-2006, 11:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
MechEng Extraordinaire
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,027
Send a message via AIM to cwiz

word, i did upgrade the cables and that helped but they still buzzed, optical is probably the way to go. pulling the plug alittle made different noises, but did not help. i thought it might be bad grounding or somthing, i dont really know
Change the world
PS3 -> Folding as we speak Team# 64582
cwiz is offline  
Old 04-18-2006, 11:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
boomstick666's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 743

any consumer level PCI based sound card picks up computer noise. + the D/A (digital to analog) converter is usually not a good quality=makes more noise. and RCA is unbalanced. so it picks up more noise as the cable length increases. if you can send digital signal to your receiver directly, either coaxial or optical, thats the best way to do.
i5 2500K @ 4.8GHz 1.384v - AsRock P67 Extreme4 B3 BIOS 1.90
G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 PC12800 2x4GB @ 1866 9-10-9-28 1T 1.590v
EVGA GTX 570HD SC 930/1950 1.100v
Crucial M4 SSD 128GB - OCZ 700W PSU (4x18A) - Noctua NH-D14 (BM120mm x Noctua140mm)
Corsair 600T SE White - Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit SP1 - Mitsubishi DiamondPro2070sb (CRT!)

3DMark11 P7089 | 3DMark Vantage P26383
boomstick666 is offline  
Old 04-18-2006, 12:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
Do work.
molsen's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 1,177
Send a message via AIM to molsen

even my crappy laptop built-in soundcard didn't produce any noise. is it that 60Hz hum/buzz? If so, it's probably a connector issue. If it isn't grounding properly you'll get that sound. It could be the soundcard, yes, but it shouldn't be like that.


Intel E8400 @ 3.78ghz
8gb (4x2gb) G.SKILL DDR2 1600 @ 420mhz, 5-5-5-12
ASrock P43Twins1600 (hates RAM dividers)
WD Caviar 500gb + 250gb hdd, 32mb cache
eVGA 7900gs @ 585/1700mhz
OCZ GameXStream 600w PSU
Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
Cooler Master Centurion 5 case
molsen is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:00 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.