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So, what's the weakest link? When cranking music loud and it starts skipping, is it the speakers or soundcard? I assume it's the soundcard. My speakers are 2.1 harmon/kardon. The soundcard is onboard. Find your opinions and tell them to me.
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So, what's the weakest link? When cranking music loud and it starts skipping, is it the speakers or soundcard? I assume it's the soundcard. My speakers are 2.1 harmon/kardon. The soundcard is onboard. Find your opinions and tell them to me.

Have you tried a different source like a cd player?
    
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Have you tried a different source like a cd player?

Unfortunetely, no. I do not have a disk drive in my system. My theory as to why I figure it's the soundcard is because when you crank up the speakers to very loud decibels, it just distorts the sound, no? Whereas, if you crank up the sound, the computer actually amplifies it, and what if the amplification of the sound is too much for the sound chip to handle?

Thank you for the help, however. smile.gif +REP and cookies.
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Unfortunetely, no. I do not have a disk drive in my system. My theory as to why I figure it's the soundcard is because when you crank up the speakers to very loud decibels, it just distorts the sound, no? Whereas, if you crank up the sound, the computer actually amplifies it, and what if the amplification of the sound is too much for the sound chip to handle?
Thank you for the help, however. smile.gif +REP and cookies.

Oops I meant an external CD player so we can start ruling out factors like if the amp is bad and its not really your computer etc etc. No biggie.

Next thing I would do is listen to a song at lower levels and see if it skips because it could be the audio file itself or the source (Like You Tube)

Second I would try a new media player for your pc like J Rivers or Media Monkey (JRiver has a free trial but I would not bother buying it if most of your collection is low bitrate music etc etc vs a lossless format like FLAC)

http://www.jriver.com/

Also,

How is your pc connected to the amp? 3.5mm to rca? Optical? Coax?
Have you reinstalled sound drivers?
Loose connection anywhere?

Let me know if any of these things help.
    
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Maybe the amplifier has a protection mode that is kicking in to prevent over heating or something.
     
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Oops I meant an external CD player so we can start ruling out factors like if the amp is bad and its not really your computer etc etc. No biggie.
Next thing I would do is listen to a song at lower levels and see if it skips because it could be the audio file itself or the source (Like You Tube)
Second I would try a new media player for your pc like J Rivers or Media Monkey (JRiver has a free trial but I would not bother buying it if most of your collection is low bitrate music etc etc vs a lossless format like FLAC)
http://www.jriver.com/
Also,
How is your pc connected to the amp? 3.5mm to rca? Optical? Coax?
Have you reinstalled sound drivers?
Loose connection anywhere?
Let me know if any of these things help.
I use Linux so I've tried many different players all the same. The results are consistent across the board, even in other OS's. My PC is connected directly to my sub using 3.5mm, which is connected to two tweeter speakers. There is no amp. I am using onboard sound. My entire collection is FLAC unless I was unable to get the music in CD/FLAC form, then it's usually in MP3 or M4A depending on the store used.

No loose connections, checked many times. smile.gif Thanks for the help. smile.gif

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Maybe the amplifier has a protection mode that is kicking in to prevent over heating or something.

I do not have an amplifier, I use onboard sound. Maybe the software amplified sound is too much for the integrated sound chip to handle?
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You do have an amp in whatever the 3.5mm plugs into, your speakers don't operate on good intentions. Do you have any other device with 3.5m or rca output that you can connect to your speakers? That is pretty much the only way to troubleshoot this.
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