This issue has been driving me absolutely insane so I'll try to explain it as clearly as possible. Occasionally, I'll hear a distorted ''popping'' sound coming from my speakers or headset (similar to the sound when you unplug an active speaker) and while it happens randomly (in games, Skype calls, youtube videos, etc) it is possible to reproduce and I found it only happens at certain frequencies. For example, when I pause/unpause this video () I hear an ear deafening pop, but when I play it continuously without pausing it is fine, except for the start and end of the video. This seems to be a recurring theme: I'll often hear a pop before and/or after a sound. When sound stops or starts abruptly, for example when pausing a video, I hear a popping sound. This causes multiple issues, for example when I pause a video game I experience the same issue.
I use 2 devices:
1) A simple bluetooth speaker connected to the front panel, 3.5mm using Realtek HD audio
2) HyperX Cloud II Headset connected to the back panel, 3.0 usb
Both devices have the SAME issue. Also, the HyperX cloud II comes with its own soundcard, so I believe it cannot be a faulty driver issue.