Since the construction of my most recent 2014 PC build, I've been having an issue where any headsets used for VOIP over extended periods of time have a strange breakdown of the audio quality.
While I have no exact way of simulating the issue, my closest explanation would be that all audio into the headsets sound as if they've had their gain throttled and the bit rate drastically decreased (as I've attempted in comedic format here). The issue cannot be heard by other people listening directly to the "What U Hear" virtual recording device which outputs directly from the system sound to voice chat, and any screen recording software I've ever used cannot seem to pick up the issue either — it is localised to the device I was using and its connection.
This issue has occurred on two headsets: the Plantronic .Audio 355 and Turtle Beach Ear Force X13 (both have in-line volume control and integrated microphones). The issue is not present when using standalone headphones such as an ATH-AD700 or MDR-V150 (in this case, even one with a broken jack) which I use in conjunction with third party microphones such as a Logitech C270 web cam mic.
I use on-board Game Blaster 7.1 Audio built into an ASRock x79 Extreme 11 mobo with the Sound Blaster control panel drivers and software.
EDIT: Sorry for the weird, incomplete post. I was trying to alt+tab and somehow submitted this.
Edited by Overkill99, 01 September 2015 - 12:27 AM.