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    Hola Amigos!
    I have a Xonar D2x sound card hooked up to a reciever hooked to 5.1 speakers.
    When I click on sound links, open games, start up computer etc i get a popping sound. If the volume is turned up somewhat it can be quite loud.
    Does anyone know what this is?
    Ive read that it has to do with onboard sound and Ive just disabled it. Waiting to see if that helps.
    Just wondered if anyone knows about this.
    cheers hope yall doin well

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    What do you get if you use headphones in place of the receiver?

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    Hey guys...
    Well after much phoning around Ive found out that the loud popping sound I get is due to an inherent design flaw in the sound card itself when using the digital output. So they are testing it now and I may get my choice of any card I want.
    So the question now is what card to get and Id sure like to hear your suggestions...
    1) Will I notice a difference in sound quality between digital, HDMI, and Fibre Optics?? Ive heard not really unless I have super high end equipment.
    2) Recommended to get the Azun Tech Home theatre 7.1 card
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...6%28ME%29.aspx
    Whatdoyalls think about this one?
    3) Is there a soundcard that has a true fibre optic plug on it that you may know of?

    Cheers guys cant wait to hear what you think!!
    Last edited by jayfunk; 12-12-2010 at 18:45.

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    come on lads lets here what sound card you guys dream of getting...

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    Hey Amigos...
    Couple more days and I should have the results from my sound card testing.
    Sure would like to hear your opinions on what card to get and what you think about Auzen Tech and their Home theater 7.1 card... cheers
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...6%28ME%29.aspx

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    What are your options? are they replacing the card or are you?

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    i can get any card i want and pay the difference...
    got the auzen tech home theatre card and its kinda wonky...
    at first the machine guns in my games didnt sound out... some times the dialogue was inaudible. The volume control and the mute in the control panel dont work... now it sounds ok but it stutters every couple of minutes and even now my video is stuttering with a 5 second lag every couple of minutes... i dunno maybe have to re format the computer and start fresh

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    Logitech had that same issue for years

    Read here http://forums.logitech.com/t5/Speake...udio/m-p/21946

    RE: Sound quality
    HDMI is needed for the HD sound formats DD TrueHD, Master DTS etc

    EDIT: I would also run a power/noise conditioner on all equipment used for audio, video, Also for any equip function on all PC components used for the same purposes
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    Hey thanks for your input. The soundcard now seems to be working just fine except for one thing. It cuts out for one second every 5 or 10 minutes or so. This is while playing games or listening to music or watching any video file. I would almost say that the sound cuts out when i click something else but Im not sure about that just yet. Maybe it has something to do with another problem working in the background and causing the hiccups. I really have no idea but its annoying. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Cheers everyone and best wishes for the season!!

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    No problem buddy glad to help.

    I have a similar issue with my XFI card.
    The only available slot on the MB has it wedged between the 2 4870X2s. When they had fans on them, the induction that they created rendered the XFi useless. Now with waterblocks on the GPUs it is acceptable.
    I do still get buzzing & the odd pop when using a mouse.

    So here goes possible causes/solutions. Ignore any you have done.
    Any missed one can cause the issue.
    Try bypassing & unplugging the AVR first, then run the checklist.

    1) Disable onboard sound any place it can be found, including any drivers or apps it uses.
    And any that are found in Bios/Device Manager/Add Remove Programs.
    NOTE: Check MB driver updates to see if any new ones might address your issues - if so reflash accordingly.
    2) In Device Manager (including greyed out ones.) & Add & Remove Programs - delete any other sound devices/apps
    3) Take out soundcard, retart then uninstall all sound card & drivers. Restart & reinstall the makers latest drivers - don't use default Win7's OS soundcard drivers - stop them from installing.
    4) Use a power conditioner for all PC, router & AVR devices (IE Monster).

    5) Disconnect all other appliances or lights that may be on the entire circuit(s) you use for the PC & AVR. Right from the breaker panel to your system.
    6) If the AVR has a ground screw on the back, ground it to a face plate screw on any plug or socket.
    7) Disable every possible program running in the background, including email, auto updates & virus programs that run during "idle times". Disable any screensaver.
    8) Disconnect or keep away from PC, cell phone, AVR or any other electrical device or lights. CFL or florescent lights are terrible for causing interference.
    9) Uncross any wires for PC, AVR or speakers. Don't run any power wires near any other wires.
    Keep AVR/amp & speakers as far from PC as possible
    10) Enable RMA on all drives
    11) Make sure Page File is large enough
    12) Try another set of audio cables
    13) Make sure speakers are properly phased + & -, make sure speaker wire end strands are not shorting/touching anywhere
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    Well I fixed it!!! And I hope this thread will help out anyone having sound issues. Heres the run down of what happened. Started with Asus Xonar D2X and discovered a flaw in its design that when hooked up digitally to an amp the sound pops due to the components shutting on and off. I exchanged it for the Auzen Tech Home Theatre 7.1 and it works great except that the sound cuts off for 1 second every 5 or 10 minutes or so on average. I tried using just headphones connected to the card and it works great. I tried a dvd player directly to the amp and that works great. I discovered that the problem is the CoAx cable and that with the 24 bit technology the digital cables cant handle it and stutter. Now with the fiber optic cable and the adapter the sound is flawless and no popping or stuttering. So thats the answer. Anyone wanting to do home theater on their computer must use optical! Sure hope this helps someone out there.. Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ps.... With Auzentech i tried contacting them and after two weeks still no response. Their shnizz works great but dont expect any help from them in figuring out how to work it.
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