I don't listen to music on my laptop very often because the quality is so bad. To add to that, it started having snaps and crackles during playback of any audio source. I assumed this was the sound card, but I have hooked up two different usb DACs and I still get the same issue. This has really confused me because I thought the usb DAC was taking a pure digital signal and converting it. The only thing I can think is that it is a power supply issue and is the result of small power spikes. Does this sound reasonable or does anyone have an idea of what the problem might be?
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This seems to have worked. I just listened to a couple of songs with no problems. So it was a feedback issue?
Thanks for the help.
I seem to have spoken too soon. I must have just had a good run last night. After disabling the mic I no longer get the pop and crackle, but I am still getting intermittent playback where the sound gets "choppy" during the sound cutting in and out ever so briefly.
What operating system are you using and what playback software? It may be a latency issue of some kind with a driver;download this software:
That program was great. It told me that I had a driver issue, but couldn't tell me which driver. I ended up going through and turning off devices, but couldn't get it worked out. Then I downloaded a program called Driver max and it scanned my drivers. I ended up letting that program replace 22 drivers and now everything is working great.
Thanks for the advice guys.