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Old 01-29-2012, 06:54 PM
Adventist25 Adventist25 is offline
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Stereo Intermittent Static/Crackling issues...USB DAC??

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?
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:15 AM
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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..
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:21 PM
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Nope problem is still there =/

Last edited by Adventist25; 01-30-2012 at 02:44 PM.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:37 AM
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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.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:49 AM
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Hmm thanks for that suggestion Battlehork, I will try that out today!
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:14 PM
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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!
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