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Audio distorted, tinny, sounds like its underwater


fireberd

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#2
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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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    i7 6700K
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero
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    16 Gb G Skill TridentZ DDR4 3400
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    Sonar Platinum 64 bit recording studio software with MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid recording interface unit.

leonff7

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#3
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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    Moonshine
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    2700K 4.6G
    Motherboard
    Maximus V Gene
    Memory
    G. Skill 16G
    Graphics Card(s)
    480 GTX
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    On board X-Fi
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fireberd

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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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System One

  • OS
    Win 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home Built
    CPU
    i7 6700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero
    Memory
    16 Gb G Skill TridentZ DDR4 3400
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel (i7 CPU)
    Sound Card
    RealTek Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" Dell SE2717HR
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB Samsung 850 SSD, 3TB for backups
    PSU
    EVGA Supernova 750 G2
    Case
    BeQuiet Silent Base 600
    Cooling
    Deepcool Captain 120EX
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    Microsoft Wireless
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    Logitech wireless
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    Cable - 100MB Downlink
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    Sonar Platinum 64 bit recording studio software with MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid recording interface unit.

leonff7

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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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    Windows 8.1 ult 64X
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Moonshine
    CPU
    2700K 4.6G
    Motherboard
    Maximus V Gene
    Memory
    G. Skill 16G
    Graphics Card(s)
    480 GTX
    Sound Card
    On board X-Fi
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 128G SSD
    PSU
    850W
    Case
    Koolance Customize
    Cooling
    1/2" double loops
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fireberd

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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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  • OS
    Win 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home Built
    CPU
    i7 6700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero
    Memory
    16 Gb G Skill TridentZ DDR4 3400
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel (i7 CPU)
    Sound Card
    RealTek Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" Dell SE2717HR
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB Samsung 850 SSD, 3TB for backups
    PSU
    EVGA Supernova 750 G2
    Case
    BeQuiet Silent Base 600
    Cooling
    Deepcool Captain 120EX
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    Cable - 100MB Downlink
    Browser
    Edge/Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft
    Other Info
    Sonar Platinum 64 bit recording studio software with MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid recording interface unit.

elbmek

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#7
sounds.jpg

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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    Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4790 (3.6GHz) 8MB Cache
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    ASUS® H81M-PLUS: Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs
    Memory
    16GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 750 Ti - DVI, mHDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    iiyama 24 inch flat screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB 3.5" SEAGATE SSHD, SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM (64MB + 8GB SSD CACHE)

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leonff7

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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.
That too is out of window. I upgraded my PSU from 700 to 850, along with the change to 8.1. Same everything else.

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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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 ult 64X
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Moonshine
    CPU
    2700K 4.6G
    Motherboard
    Maximus V Gene
    Memory
    G. Skill 16G
    Graphics Card(s)
    480 GTX
    Sound Card
    On board X-Fi
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 128G SSD
    PSU
    850W
    Case
    Koolance Customize
    Cooling
    1/2" double loops
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elbmek

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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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    Win 10
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    pc specialist made to order
    CPU
    Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4790 (3.6GHz) 8MB Cache
    Motherboard
    ASUS® H81M-PLUS: Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs
    Memory
    16GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 750 Ti - DVI, mHDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    iiyama 24 inch flat screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB 3.5" SEAGATE SSHD, SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM (64MB + 8GB SSD CACHE)

    2TB Seagate SATA HDD

    500Gb SATA docked
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    Super Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler
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    microsoft mutlimedia keyboard
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leonff7

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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.
Yup, done that. Same as reinstall, only work for short period, then problem resurface.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 ult 64X
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Moonshine
    CPU
    2700K 4.6G
    Motherboard
    Maximus V Gene
    Memory
    G. Skill 16G
    Graphics Card(s)
    480 GTX
    Sound Card
    On board X-Fi
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 128G SSD
    PSU
    850W
    Case
    Koolance Customize
    Cooling
    1/2" double loops
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elbmek

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#11
I had some speakers, with a woof thingy, and, when I went to 8.1 originally, it went funny, not working, only working when it wanted. I checked on net and found that my speakers software was 'not compatible' - shame really, they were good speakers.

Anyway I bought a new set online, not particularly expensive, and installed them, no problems now. Maybe, just maybe, its time to make the change????

Try also contacting the makers directly first???
 

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  • OS
    Win 10
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    PC/Desktop
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    pc specialist made to order
    CPU
    Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4790 (3.6GHz) 8MB Cache
    Motherboard
    ASUS® H81M-PLUS: Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs
    Memory
    16GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 750 Ti - DVI, mHDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    iiyama 24 inch flat screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB 3.5" SEAGATE SSHD, SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM (64MB + 8GB SSD CACHE)

    2TB Seagate SATA HDD

    500Gb SATA docked
    Case
    In Win Turbo
    Cooling
    Super Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    microsoft mutlimedia keyboard
    Mouse
    logitech corded
    Internet Speed
    152mb
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    FF, IE11
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    AVG Internet Security 2015
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leonff7

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#12
Unfortunately, I did that too. Friend got a new set of speaker out of box, borrow it to test. The problem is not as severe but still noticeable. Also, you're referring to usb speaker i presume? My set use 3.5 jack and separate power supply, it does not draw power from psu.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 ult 64X
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Moonshine
    CPU
    2700K 4.6G
    Motherboard
    Maximus V Gene
    Memory
    G. Skill 16G
    Graphics Card(s)
    480 GTX
    Sound Card
    On board X-Fi
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 128G SSD
    PSU
    850W
    Case
    Koolance Customize
    Cooling
    1/2" double loops
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    All of them
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elbmek

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#13
No, mine are not usb but like yours - jackplug & sep power

mine are creative labs inspire T10's
 

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  • OS
    Win 10
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    pc specialist made to order
    CPU
    Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4790 (3.6GHz) 8MB Cache
    Motherboard
    ASUS® H81M-PLUS: Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs
    Memory
    16GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 750 Ti - DVI, mHDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    iiyama 24 inch flat screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB 3.5" SEAGATE SSHD, SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM (64MB + 8GB SSD CACHE)

    2TB Seagate SATA HDD

    500Gb SATA docked
    Case
    In Win Turbo
    Cooling
    Super Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    microsoft mutlimedia keyboard
    Mouse
    logitech corded
    Internet Speed
    152mb
    Browser
    FF, IE11
    Antivirus
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    16x BLU-RAY WRITER DRIVE, 16x DVD ±R/±RW

    10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
#14
If anyone is still having problems, I have a solution to how to fix the tinny sounds. ^_^
After I updated to Windows 8.1, I started having issues with how everything sounded on my computer due to Windows updating me to the wrong sound drivers. So, my brother showed me this solution and it has worked for me. Just a reminder though; the problem does come back, but whenever it does just do this process again and it'll fix it.

Right-click the audio icon on your task bar, then click 'Playback devices';
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Then it should come up with the Sound options. This is where you should right-click the speakers you're using and click on Properties;
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It should then come up with the properties of the speakers you're using, this is where you click on Advanced;
3.png

Once there, click the drop down menu for the different samples and test around with the different 24 bit ones and click the one that sounds best;
4.png

Once you pick the one you like, click on test and click Yes when it brings up 'Device In Use';
5.png

You can then click Apply, then Ok and it should fix it for a while. Hope this helps anyone who has the same problem. c:
 

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