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If you know how an amp works... you should not really push your computer volume up past 10% anyway. Line out (which goes into an amp) is always a super low volume output. You want your amp to do all the work boosting the signal, if it has a loud input signal it will be louder but many amplifiers can not handle a high volume input.
Edited by Killam0n - 4/27/11 at 5:34am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Killam0n;13290326 
IF you know how an amp works... you should not really push your computer volume up past 10% anyway. Line out (which goes into an amp) is always a super low volume output. You want your amp to do all the work boosting the signal, if it has a loud input signal it will be louder but many amplifiers can not handle a high volume input.

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Does your receiver have HDMI input? If your graphics card has HDMI out (most new ones do) and your receiver has HDMI in then just use that. That way the receiver does all the decoding of the signal. I run a setup like that for my rig and it sounds great.

If you don't have HDMI then I guess this isn't much help.

EDIT: I see the HT | OMEGA Claro Halo has optical digital out. You could also use that if the receiver has optical input.
    
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Op your power source is it coming from one power source or are the receiver plugged into a different one than your pc? Your grounding is bad
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Killam0n;13290326 
If you know how an amp works... you should not really push your computer volume up past 10% anyway. Line out (which goes into an amp) is always a super low volume output. You want your amp to do all the work boosting the signal, if it has a loud input signal it will be louder but many amplifiers can not handle a high volume input.

This is false. A DAC or soundcard should not be amplifying the signal - they are producing a line level output. As long as the output voltage of the card is within the specs of the receiver there should be no issues (of course there are electrical interference issues etc). Ideally you should have PC volume at 0dB (100%) to avoid loss of dynamic range. Yes, you want your amp to do all the work boosting the signal, but still send the complete signal to the amp. The word you are looking for is voltage, not volume. I couldn't find the specs on the Claro but I doubt its output voltage is exceeding your reciever's limits at 10% volume.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spooony;13290895 
Op your power source is it coming from one power source or are the receiver plugged into a different one than your pc? Your grounding is bad

The receiver and PC are plugged into the same surge protector.
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Originally Posted by Epitope;13290377 
Does your receiver have HDMI input? If your graphics card has HDMI out (most new ones do) and your receiver has HDMI in then just use that. That way the receiver does all the decoding of the signal. I run a setup like that for my rig and it sounds great.

If you don't have HDMI then I guess this isn't much help.

EDIT: I see the HT | OMEGA Claro Halo has optical digital out. You could also use that if the receiver has optical input.

Naw, I don't have optical out or HDMI, its an old receiver from 1992. I think the general consensus is that its the receiver that is at fault and I', considering just buying a new one. I've had other problems with the thing. For instance, if I connect rear speakers in addition to my front speakers, it will only output sound to two out of the four at a time.

Can anyone recommend a cheap receiver/amp for my needs? I'd like to use the 4 speakers I have, a sub I have as well all connected by speaker wire going into a receiver with digital out. If its possible, a receiver with two digital out so I can connect my PS3 as well. biggrin.gif If I can get one with two digital out(or even one is fine) then I don't really have the need for RCA or HDMI.

Nothing too fancy. Everything I look at seems like I'm spending at least 100+ which I'm ready to spend, just not sure if its of good quality or if I'm going to be upset for being a cheapo. tongue.gif
Edited by dare365 - 4/28/11 at 2:53am
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I just wanted to update this thread in case anyone was having the same issues I had.

I just reformatted and everything works perfectly now. I'm not saying reformatting is the solution, but I suppose use a better version of Driver Cleaner I was using or get rid of any remnants of previous drivers if you upgraded your sound card like I did. I imagine it had something to do with conflicts from my old Xtreme Gamer drivers and my new HT Omega Drivers because now everything works perfectly.

Thanks to everybody who tried to help!
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Iceman23;13291164 
This is false. A DAC or soundcard should not be amplifying the signal - they are producing a line level output. As long as the output voltage of the card is within the specs of the receiver there should be no issues (of course there are electrical interference issues etc). Ideally you should have PC volume at 0dB (100%) to avoid loss of dynamic range. Yes, you want your amp to do all the work boosting the signal, but still send the complete signal to the amp. The word you are looking for is voltage, not volume. I couldn't find the specs on the Claro but I doubt its output voltage is exceeding your reciever's limits at 10% volume.

There's always amplification in a circuit-board design...soundcards are no different. For X-fi cards, I've found anything above 55% introduces noise. Ideally you'd want to send the strongest possible signal to an external amplification device without it distorting. there's always gain (in the electrical engineering sense) on line-outs of soundcards.
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Originally Posted by dare365;13303399 
The receiver and PC are plugged into the same surge protector.


Try plugging them on different wall sockets.
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