USB Soundcard and Popping Noise

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  1. Andrew S

    Andrew S Stunt Coordinator

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    I wasn't happy with the sound (volume) I was getting out of my laptop when hooking it up to my receiver through the headphone output (I had to crank the volume to get any output on my receiver) so I bought a Turtle Beach USB soundcard with optical out, I thought it might fix that problem. I found I had more output, but there were these popping noises every couple of seconds. The soundcard has an optical and 1/8 mini jack, and the popping noise was still present when I used the mini jack. This is the same problem I had with a similar Creative USB soundcard I had tried before.

    Anyone have any ideas on how I can eliminate this popping noise, if possible? Could it be my USB bandwidth or something like that?

    Thanks
    Andrew
     
  2. Jeff_CusBlues

    Jeff_CusBlues Supporting Actor

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    I can't help you with your sound card, but does your laptop have a volume knob. Both of my laptops have a wheel knob. If so, you may be able to turn this up to get more volume out of the headphone jack. I hook the laptop(s) up often to listen through my stereo and have to turn up the volume wheel. Just a thought. Good luck.

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  3. Andrew S

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    Yeah, I have the knob cranked when it's hooked up to my receiver, and even still it's not all that loud. I'm not asking for crazy loud either, just decent levels.
     
  4. Will_B

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    Could the popping sound be from having the optical digital out set at a different sampling rate than what your receiver is expecting?

    I seem to recall that when I played DVDs on my PC, I would get popping sounds when the digitial out was set at 48 Mhz, and I had to change it to 44.1 Mhz to prevent the occasional popping sound. Or vice versa. The setting for me was buried somewhere in the sound card controls.
     
  5. Andrew S

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    Will,

    I thought that might have been something like that too, except it did the same thing when using the 1/8" mini-jack on the soundcard as well.

    I'll play around with it some more, hopefully I can get this problem fixed, otherwise I have myself a useless usb soundcard.

    Andrew
     

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