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I just bought a HT | OMEGA Claro Halo which I have hooked up to a receiver with RCA cables which are hooked up to two floor standing speakers with speaker wire.

Someone told me that if I wanted to lower and higher the volume I should always do it through the receiver. They said my Windows volume should always be at 100 to get the best quality but whenever I set it to higher than 10 it progressively gets more and more staticy and crackly. Does anyone know why? It was the same way on my X-Fi Xtreme Gamer card. I was hoping switching to the HT | OMEGA Claro Halo would resolve the issue but its still happening.
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Originally Posted by dare365;13280950 
I just bought a HT | OMEGA Claro Halo which I have hooked up to a receiver with RCA cables which are hooked up to two floor standing speakers with speaker wire.

Someone told me that if I wanted to lower and higher the volume I should always do it through the receiver. They said my Windows volume should always be at 100 to get the best quality but whenever I set it to higher than 10 it progressively gets more and more staticy and crackly. Does anyone know why? It was the same way on my X-Fi Xtreme Gamer card. I was hoping switching to the HT | OMEGA Claro Halo would resolve the issue but its still happening.

I always set my PC volume to 80 and control the rest from the receiver. Having high PC volume typically leads to the crackling. Doing that has resolved some people's crackling problems in the past.
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Originally Posted by Simca;13282569 
I always set my PC volume to 80 and control the rest from the receiver. Having high PC volume typically leads to the crackling. Doing that has resolved some people's crackling problems in the past.

I can't get higher than 10. -_-

I should clarify, my headphones work fine. I can set the windows volume to 100 when I have headphones plugged directly into the sound card but its when I use my speakers that it starts crackling.
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Originally Posted by dare365;13283032 
I can't get higher than 10. -_-

I should clarify, my headphones work fine. I can set the windows volume to 100 when I have headphones plugged directly into the sound card but its when I use my speakers that it starts crackling.

Not positive, but are the speakers powered? If they're powered and you have a preamp amping them already that may be too much amping for the speakers.

Just a thought.
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Naw, I just have speaker wire connecting them to the receiver and thats all.

It sounds fine, I suppose I'm just curious if I'm losing out on quality by having the Windows volume down to 10 and if there were a solution. I mean, ideally I'd like to be able to leave Windows volume at a 100 whether I'm using my headphones or my speakers. I'm terrified of the day that I turn my receiver on and forget to lower windows volume and I end up blowing out the speaker.
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Originally Posted by dare365;13283238 
Naw, I just have speaker wire connecting them to the receiver and thats all.

It sounds fine, I suppose I'm just curious if I'm losing out on quality by having the Windows volume down to 10 and if there were a solution. I mean, ideally I'd like to be able to leave Windows volume at a 100 whether I'm using my headphones or my speakers. I'm terrified of the day that I turn my receiver on and forget to lower windows volume and I end up blowing out the speaker.

Oh. If you have no problems with it at 10 in terms of volume then keep it at 10. You're not missing out on anything.
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Set the volume to 11
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post #8 of 20
It's your receiver.

Not all receiver or amps are created equal. With my Gizmo amp it starts cracking at about 70% if I use my Denon rebranded Insignia receiver no crackling whatsoever.

It's the internals that are causing it.
    
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post #9 of 20
Maybe it is Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). Re-routing your speaker wires/cabling may solve this problem.

EMI can be caused by bad connections or inadequate shielding and insulation of cables/wires that may be in close proximity to perhaps a power cable or maybe an RF source that generates a waveform or noise spike that is able to penetrate the shielding of your speaker wire to the center conductor resulting in static.

Theoretically, of course.
Edited by Albatross1991 - 4/27/11 at 4:24am
post #10 of 20
a few thing you must take into consideration....

1. is the signal wires next to a power cable... - the do bleed
2 the quality of wire
3. the quality of connectors
4. try turning the windows volume to say 70 % max
5. set the win settings to the highest quality you can..
6. set the rest on the nob..

those things and steps should sort it all out
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