Wierd noise from speakers

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  1. Eran

    Eran Auditioning

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    Hi,
    I use AVR300RDS receiver and Eltax speakers.
    My problem is that when I hear Tv or Video(not DVD) with surround(hall 1/2, theater, DPL, etc...) I hear a wierd sound, sounds like electricity(exposed wire or something)
    Hope you understand me [​IMG]
    thanks Eran
     
  2. Henry Carmona

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    I have heard that sound with my old Yamaha receiver.
    Unfortunately all i could figure out was that either the receiver or the tv audio signal(or should i say cable) wasnt encoded correctly.
    It definitely wasnt my speakers or wires, since everything else sounded just fine (2 channel music, and 5.1 surround)
    Hope someone can chime in with a more technical explanation.
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    [​IMG] "Charlie don't surf."
    [Edited last by Henry Carmona on October 17, 2001 at 07:31 AM]
     
  3. SamRoza

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    Actually if I understand correctly, it sounds more like a hum? If so, and it only shows up while watching cable, it's a ground loop. Ground loops present themselves as a hum and are a result of cable grounding issues from your cable provider.
    I recommend finding a powerstrip or power conditioner that includes a cable hookup. Once you connect your cable lines, the hum should go away. A temporary fix(or permanent fix, depending on where you live), would be a "cheater" plug, one that defeats the ground pin.
    Sam
     
  4. Eran

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    Well it's more like a "tak tak tak" [​IMG] not a hum.
    like when u take negetive and postive electricity cables and connect take for a second than you hear the same sound...
    "tak tak tak" [​IMG])
    hope you understand
    Thanks Eran
     
  5. SamRoza

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    Either way, it's interference of some sort, and start with the cheapest and easiest first...a cheater plug. If using a cheater works, and the thought of it disturbs you, or is against local electrical codes, try my second idea-a power strip with cable filters.
    Sam
     
  6. Rob Higgins

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    Does the sound / hum only happen when your cable TV is turned on? If so, you are experiencing the dreaded ground loop. You can use a cheater plug (differing opinions on the safety of this trick). I bought a MAGIC (Mondial Antenna Ground Isolation Circuit). It is a small box, like a cable splitter. You run your cable our from the wall into this, and out into your TV or VCR. Cost me about $100, but fixed the problem.
    Good luck,
    Rob
     
  7. Eran

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    Hehe,
    you all say cheater i am kinda new at this all so i don't really know what a cheater means [​IMG]
    and the i hear the sound when i use theater, hall 1/2, DPL or any surround with all non DVD stuff (Tv, Video, Radio)
    hope you know what i mean
    thanks Eran
     
  8. SamRoza

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    Eran,
    We are wondering what the status of your cable TV service is when you hear the noise. Is it when watching TV like you said originally? or is it when watching or listening to ANYTHING on your receiver?
    It could be a ground loop from your TV service, your electrical service, or it could be a problem with your receiver...but we can't help you unless we know exactly when it happens(ignore what DSP setting you have, what SOURCES make the noise?). Also, do you hear it in your main speakers, or do you hear it in your sub, or all speakers? Does it increase in volume when you turn the volume up, or is it static?
    A Cheater plug(which should be a first step for you to take because of price and ease of installation), is a plug that you plug a 3-pronged cord into, but only has 2 prongs on the other side. It eliminates the ground pin on your cord, and many times eliminates the annoyance of interference. THey cost about a dolla at your local hardware store.
    THey might be against electrical codes in your local area, but as a temporary measure, they'll do just fine.
    Sam
     
  9. Eran

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    Sam,
    I hear the sound with anything except DVD
    when i use surround off i don't hear the sound.
    i think it's when there is low sounds like when i hear soft music, the "taks" gets higher when i turn the volume higher but the frequncy stays the same, i hear it in the speakers sometimes left, center or right, or combained.
    hope this is enough info and that i wrote it good.
    Thanks Eran
     
  10. Eran

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    Sam,
    I hear the sound with anything except DVD
    when I use surround off I don't hear the sound.I think it's when there is low sounds like when I hear soft music, the "taks" gets higher when I turn the volume higher but the frequency stays the same, I hear it in the speakers sometimes left, center or right, or combined.
    hope this is enough info and that I wrote it good.
    Thanks Eran
     
  11. Eran

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    Sam,
    I hear the sound with anything except DVD
    when I use surround off I don't hear the sound.I think it's when there is low sounds like when I hear soft music, the "taks" gets higher when I turn the volume higher but the frequency stays the same, I hear it in the speakers sometimes left, center or right, or combined.
    hope this is enough info and that I wrote it good.
    Thanks, Eran
     
  12. SamRoza

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    Eran, it doesn't sound like a Ground loop.
    How old is your receiver? How long has it made this noise? What is the make and model of it?
    For clarification, is it only when you have a surround mode on? or does it also make the noise in stereo mode?
    Do you have any motorized pieces of equipment on the same electrical cirsuit? Any other peices of equipment near your HT setup that may cause interference?
    Just a few questions that may help things along. I STILL think you should try a cheater plug, NOW, so that you'll know if it's a receiver problem, or an electrical/ground problem.
    Sam
     
  13. Eran

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    Sam,
    sorry for the three messages *bugs* [​IMG]
    as I said stereo works fine, only "Non DVD" stuff like Tv and radio
    my receiver is Harman/Kardon AVR300RDS i just bought it dunno how new it is.
    i have close to the receiver - Tv, digital cable, DVD, video
    the wires are kinda in a mass and all the above are connected at the same circut.
    about a cheater plug, how do i know if it's leagal and should i just go to electornics shop and ask for a cheater?
    another thing is how do i know if i have a ground loop or what ever i am really new at this [​IMG]
    Thanks, Eran
     
  14. SamRoza

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    I live in Calfornia, and I believe they are legal...we don't have too much loghtning. I know they are ILLEGAL in Canada...that's about as far as my knowledge of the legal issue goes.
    I'd just go and ask for a cheater. If they have them, they'll sell one to you, if not, and it's illegal, they'll tell you so.
    Sam
     

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