Hi guys, this is my first post. i7-5960X on X99-E WS here. I'll post more about overclocking specifically in another post. But for tonight I just need to ask this, related to the onboard audio.
So the other day I bumped my stereo mini-RCA cable that connects from my rear stereo output jack to my stereo amplifier. Didn't bump it hard or damage it that I know of, just that I was moving the case around and suddenly there was this MASSIVE... truly MASSIVE deafening screech from my amp and speakers. The same mega noise as if I were to pull the plug out of the jack and short it or something.
I mean this noise was truly, hearing-damagingly, massive. The neighbors asked what the hell. Apparently it did not damage my amp, but one pair of self-powered speakers that I connect to my amplifier's "tape monitor" outputs are now totally on the fritz... they get an annoying buzz that sometimes turns into that same huge screech if I barely move the stereo output cable or sometimes if I even touch my tower case. In fact one time I touched one of these speakers, didn't even touch the computer case or stereo cable, and even that was enough to make the self-powered speakers begin to freak out... almost reminded me of the symptoms of grounding problems I used to see in cheap "pro" audio gear.
So what's up with this, is the onboard sound output jack known to be incredibly sensitive? The plug I'm using in it is totally standard, doesn't have weird sheathing or anything that would cause it to make insufficient or partial contact. That's the first thing I checked.
I'm worried that I may have damaged my speakers, but forget about my speakers and amp. What I'm really here to ask about is,
did I somehow do permanent damage to the onboard sound's output circuit or something? Why is it so ridiculously sensitive?
I'm pretty sure these things are not meant to be so sensitive that you practically have to construct a whole environment for your stereo cable, or tape it in place or something, just to make sure it doesn't bend a tiny tiny amount and cause a sonic meltdown.
Thanks in advance for any advice on this! I look forward to talking overclocking soon instead!