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Everything played through headphones sounds "underwater".


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#1 zorbi

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 05:31 PM

I don't know how better to describe it than that. All audio on my computer, when played through a headset, sounds off. Either it has a faint "underwater" sound or some other distortions. Voices will be too quiet and echo, while background audio will be loud and jarring. I've used several different headsets, and tested them on different devices, and they seem to look fine. I've used them directly in the computer's audio out, which I thought was the problem, but I've also tried using USB headphones, and using my phone and it's USB as a third party. And even odder, things seem to sound fine when played through the computer's speakers. I could be wrong about that one and just not noticing, but it seems alright.

 

 

I'm on an Acer Aspire 7551, and this sound issue seems new. Like I said, I thought the issue was the port, and that could be an unrelated problem, but it's even giving me trouble through USB ports which are fine otherwise.



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 08:26 PM

Did the headset come with software or drivers on a disk?

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 08:47 PM

The headset isn't the issue. No, it didn't.

 

But I've been using this primary headset for years before this problem. I get the same problem with different headsets.



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:19 PM

I have a temporary solution that I don't like, but maybe it will offer some insight for anyone who will know what my problem is?

 

Like I said, speakers work fine, no problem.

 

When using headphones, I can make it bearable by going into playback devices' options, and adjusting the balance entirely left or right, and turning the other to zero. Regardless if I have it to left or right, there's no more echo or distortion. Obviously the downside here is that when sound is played through the channel that I have muted... I don't hear it. (ex. http://www.audiocheck.net/soundtests_headphones.php right now I'm set to 18 left, 0 right, so under the "Wiring" section on this page, I can't hear anything when the "right" button is pressed).

 

Any help would be appreciated.






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