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Audio distorted, tinny, sounds like its underwater

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    Audio distorted, tinny, sounds like its underwater


    Mu audio playback all of a sudden sounds like its' under water. Is there a quick, east fix??

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    Welcome to the Windows 8 forum.

    Please fill in the "My System Specs". It helps us to try and help you.

    Many sound modules, such as RealTek have options for Sound Effects. If you have this, one of the sound effects may have been enabled. With RealTek, there is an HD Audio Manager (found under Control Panel/Hardware and Sound). I don't know if or where for other brands.
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    Windows 8.1 ult 64X

    About to post the same question


    Happened to me on 7 ult.
    It was fine the first few weeks after upgrade to 8.1.
    Then all of sudden it happen again. And it gets worse by the minute.
    It used to happen once 4~5 days, and last only a few seconds.
    Now, it's like every other 30 mins and last up to 10 mins.
    Googleed, updated drivers (literally all of them, 07/2014), disabled enhancement, and yes, "do nothing" in communication. Reinstalled using newest driver, downgraded and upgraded. Delete user profiles, format C (it's SSD, this hurt like hell). Same result every time. Oh, changed speakers and motherboard (unless ASUS lied to me about RMA), the list kinda goes on.
    So, haven't tried any advance stuff yet. Please, someone shed some light into this oblivion. Thank you.
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    Do you have any sound add on, such as SoundBlaster Xfi MB? My Gigabyte Z77 motherboard came with the SoundBlaster software (enhancement to the basic RealTek sound). It has some enhancements, that I didn't need so I uninstalled it.

    I wonder if its the fact that sound is always on a shared Interrupt (IRQ) with a higher priority device and that potentially can cause intermittent sound issues

    I also have a second system with an ASUS AP8 Z77 LE Plus motherboard. I don't recall if there were any sound additions to that, but if there were I didn't install them. ASUS system is my recording studio system backup so it doesn't need all the bells and whisles.
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    Windows 8.1 ult 64X


    Nope. Not any. Would love to thou, since for some reason they don't work in 8. And creative moved on to Xfi MB3...
    I've looked into interrupt thing, using LatencyMon, did pin point some drivers and services, but not sure what's the next step. Simply disabled them seems counter productive.
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    I'm not sure that everything Latency Mon reports is really a problem. I ran that on my Recording Studio system, which works well and has not audio issue, and it reported problems. However, the DPC Latency Checker (not for Win 8) run on Windows 7 showed excellent latency and no spikes.

    The RealTek site talks about power supplies causing many audio problems that can't be found otherwise. The only problem with that is the power supply would have to be replaced with a known good one to eliminate that as a cause.
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    Have you been tweaking enhancements in Control Panel, sound ???? There is an underwater option there ?????

    open sound and right click on speakers

    As you can see, mine is set on City - its gives a great sound quality in games like Far Cry 2 and Silent Hunter 4
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 ult 64X


    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    I'm not sure that everything Latency Mon reports is really a problem. I ran that on my Recording Studio system, which works well and has not audio issue, and it reported problems. However, the DPC Latency Checker (not for Win 8) run on Windows 7 showed excellent latency and no spikes.

    The RealTek site talks about power supplies causing many audio problems that can't be found otherwise. The only problem with that is the power supply would have to be replaced with a known good one to eliminate that as a cause.
    That too is out of window. I upgraded my PSU from 700 to 850, along with the change to 8.1. Same everything else.

    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post

    Have you been tweaking enhancements in Control Panel, sound ???? There is an underwater option there ?????

    open sound and right click on speakers

    As you can see, mine is set on City - its gives a great sound quality in games like Far Cry 2 and Silent Hunter 4
    Not sure about the OP, but not for me. But I do enabled speaker fill and room correction. However, the problem have nothing to do with the enhancement for sure. Tried it either way, problem persist.
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    thanks, all I can say is go into devices, sound and delete all drivers to do with audio, and reboot. I had to do that a few weeks ago, it worked.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 ult 64X


    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    thanks, all I can say is go into devices, sound and delete all drivers to do with audio, and reboot. I had to do that a few weeks ago, it worked.
    Yup, done that. Same as reinstall, only work for short period, then problem resurface.
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