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Audio randomly going EXTREMELY loud and distorted

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#1 joru100


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 09:13 PM

Windows 7 Home Premium here,


So basically I have a pair of reference headphones attached to a power amp which is attached to the 1/4" input jacks on my soundcard. Yesterday, the audio started randomly going extremely loud and distorted. I mean so loud and distorted that I toss my headphones off my head. Louder than you can possibly achieve in the Windows Volume Mixer, even if maxed out.


Here's some other info:


* Lowering the volume cursor through the Windows Volume Mixer makes no difference to the volume at all when it happens. It's 100% crazy loud, regardless.


* Lowering the volume through the power amp does lower the volume, but it's still extremely loud even on the lowest possible notch, and it's still fully clipping/distorted to the point where it just sounds like crunching.


* It's not the headphones as I've tried multiple ones.


* Restarting the computer temporarily fixes it -- until it randomly happens again.



Clearly the last part makes me thinks it's a software issue. Regardless, it's like my audio/headphones go as loud as they possibly can. Like there's no volume compression/filter through Windows. I'm basically scared to use my headphones/audio right now. Does this issue with the audio sound familiar? Maybe it's a driver issue with my soundcard, but it is up to date and this issue only started yesterday. Perhaps Flash, too.



Edited by joru100, 20 January 2016 - 09:15 PM.

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 11:54 PM

I would be more suspect of the amp or the sound card being faulty, myself. If you bypass the amp and hook your headphones up straight to your soundcard, do you have the same issue?



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Posted 22 January 2016 - 07:01 AM

May be your amp is not working properly. Check the volume status from the window menu bar. Use directly your headphones to your sound card. It may be due to driver issue, perhaps it may not installed properly. 

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 03:35 PM

Also make sure that the amp is not becoming disconnected from the soundcard. Sometimes cords get pulled partially out without us realizing.
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