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Audio Muffled & Bass too High


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4
#1
My system specs are on my profile.

My integrated audio is: Realtek ALC898

I have used both the R2.71 driver from Realtek directly and
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver from MSI both are the latest drivers available for Windows 8 64bit.

When playing music from any media player WMP, VLC, Winamp, etc.. The vocals are very muffled and the bass is way too high.

I have no options of lowering the bass. Changing the Equalizer in the Realtek HD Audio Manager to Treble helps out a little making vocals a tad clearer and dropping the bass.

My speaker system is a Altec Lansing 2.1 external speaker set using auxiliary.

I did not have these issues on Windows 7 64bit. Only experienced the problem on Windows 8.

Any suggestions or ideas?? I am running out of hope! I would prefer not to have to downgrade or get a dedicated sound card.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 64Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770k
    Motherboard
    MSI MPower Z77
    Memory
    Vengeance DD3 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia Geforce 560ti
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    Firefox 23
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    Norton 13' AV

fireberd

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#2
Win 8 uses the same drivers as Win 7 and should work the same.

What is "Altec Lansing 2.1 external speaker set using auxiliary"? You should be connecting the speaker system to the GREEN speaker jack only.

Do you have any Sound Effects enabled (in the RealTek HD Audio Manager)? Disable any if you do.

Did you install the Intel motherboard chipset drivers? The drivers need installed for proper operation, as one of the main things the drivers do is properly identify all the devices on the motherboard.
 

My Computer

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
    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.
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4
#3
I am plugged into the green with the 3.5mm aux.

I have the latest chipset drivers.

I did enable sound effects for treble because the vocals were muffled the the bass was out of control.

I realized the drivers are the same which is why I am so confused on why the audio is out of wack with windows 8 and not win7.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 64Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770k
    Motherboard
    MSI MPower Z77
    Memory
    Vengeance DD3 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia Geforce 560ti
    Browser
    Firefox 23
    Antivirus
    Norton 13' AV

fireberd

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#4
Go to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the entry for the Realtek sound driver to highlight it and then LEFT click "Uninstall" (do not uninstall the drivers). Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the sound. See if this helps, as this fixes a lot of flakey problems.

Do you have a headset you can try to see how that works? Plug into the rear GREEN speaker jack with the headset.

If its still low and bassy, disconnect the front panel mic/headphone plug at the motherboard and see if that makes any difference. If there was a problem with the front panel cabling or jacks that can cause problems. (You should be using the HD Audio connection to the front panel. Some cases have both HD Audio and AC97 audio connectors and the HD Audio is the preferred).
 

My Computer

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
    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.
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4
#5
Thanks for the reply. I will try that when I get home from work. Ill reply with the outcome. Also, my headset is wireless USB. I don't have a headphone using 3.5mm.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 64Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770k
    Motherboard
    MSI MPower Z77
    Memory
    Vengeance DD3 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia Geforce 560ti
    Browser
    Firefox 23
    Antivirus
    Norton 13' AV

fireberd

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#6
USB can make a difference, but try the uninstall/reinstall anyway and see what happens.

You may want to get a cheap analog headset, just for testing. Even one of the cheap earbud types.
 

My Computer

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
    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.
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4
#7
Alright bro, I tried practically everything. It is what it is I guess. Perhaps Windows 8.1 has this fixed. I will be trying that over the weekend. Thank you for your help.. much appreciated!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 64Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770k
    Motherboard
    MSI MPower Z77
    Memory
    Vengeance DD3 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia Geforce 560ti
    Browser
    Firefox 23
    Antivirus
    Norton 13' AV

fireberd

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#8
Other than a bad Win 8 install, I doubt that 8.1 will help.
 

My Computer

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
    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.
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1
#9
My system specs are on my profile.

My integrated audio is: Realtek ALC898

I have used both the R2.71 driver from Realtek directly and
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver from MSI both are the latest drivers available for Windows 8 64bit.

When playing music from any media player WMP, VLC, Winamp, etc.. The vocals are very muffled and the bass is way too high.

I have no options of lowering the bass. Changing the Equalizer in the Realtek HD Audio Manager to Treble helps out a little making vocals a tad clearer and dropping the bass.

My speaker system is a Altec Lansing 2.1 external speaker set using auxiliary.

I did not have these issues on Windows 7 64bit. Only experienced the problem on Windows 8.

Any suggestions or ideas?? I am running out of hope! I would prefer not to have to downgrade or get a dedicated sound card.
Hello

Had a similar issue that directed me here, bought a second hand set of lansing 2100s.

Shook the house!

I tried updating all the drivers for my MSI hardware, updated chip set for the MSI motherboard...intel, realtek, everything is up to date with the latest.

I couldn't use the realltek HD audio managers equalizer/effects settings until I did this.

But most of all and after still not being able to use my speakers for fear of shaking my house down and having the neighbours going mental.. I found a subwoofer control dial on the back of the subwoofer, and it was turned up to the max!

It took me days to find it, I hadn't noticed it when I got them and just assumed it was a software thing/hardware thing.

They are fine now, and probably some of the power-fullest speakers I've ever heard for a PC in my life!

Does anyone know how or why they wont work when connected to the S/PDIF I did look up S/PDIF on wiki.

S/PDIF - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8