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Is my audio card dying?

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Audio card (Sig rig)


Setup diagram.....

PC or Phone --> Amp --> Speakers






Socket A : Powerbar that my rig uses
Socket B: An empty socket, different wall

PC

When I start the amp (Plugged in Socket A) I get a weird static, but one that follows my mouse movements and keyboard strokes. It sends high pitch static, depending on movement.

When plugged into Socket B, I hear a heavy, but low static.

Phone

In any socket, clear.




I'm pretty sure it's dying, just double checking.


Thanks.
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Nope, unlikely. What you are hearing is interference, most likely from the GPU. I had this issue when running an amp from my soundcard. The problem is that you are essentially double amping the source (soundcard and amp) and thus interference really becomes noticeable.

The way to fix this would be to buy a DAC, even a cheap one will clear this up straight away. Interference doesn't affect digital signals. Secondly, you could just run digital from your onboard. Optical doesn't massively benefit from a soundcard.

I don't think the soundcard is broken, just that interference is being amplified.
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Nope, unlikely. What you are hearing is interference, most likely from the GPU. I had this issue when running an amp from my soundcard. The problem is that you are essentially double amping the source (soundcard and amp) and thus interference really becomes noticeable.
The way to fix this would be to buy a DAC, even a cheap one will clear this up straight away. Interference doesn't affect digital signals. Secondly, you could just run digital from your onboard. Optical doesn't massively benefit from a soundcard.
I don't think the soundcard is broken, just that interference is being amplified.

Super late reply, but......

The ones I see on ebay are $40+ is that the 'cheap' ones you're talking about?

I'm running a 3.5mm to Component splitter, then to my amp which doesn't have any other inputs that component.

What is my best option to eliminate this sound?
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Fixed that problem by using better cables. but now I'm faced with a different problem.

I'm getting that 'underwater' sound issue.

I disabled Cool N' Quiet with no results. It happens on both onboard and soundcard.

I'm using a 3.5 to RCA splitter, and when only one of the ports are filled the sound comes out crystal. When I only fill 2/2 ports it comes out with the underwater sound. I used a 3.5 to RCA cable and I'm experiencing the exact same issue. I've set all audio settings to default but I'm still getting no results.

Any idea what might be happening?
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