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Static discharge from my IEMs

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I bought a pair of Sunrise Xciteds a few months ago, and when I have them plugged into my computer via a 3.5mm extension, I am hearing popping, and it feels like static between my IEMs and my ears. I'm thinking that the problem might be buildup of static in the extension cable, which is then being discharged into my ears. I'm worried about wrecking my IEMs in this manner. Can anyone tell me what else the problem might be, confirm my suspicions, and/or provide a solution to the problem?

 

To clarify, my setup is: Onboard audio header > case front panel > dollar store extension cable > Sunrise Xcited

 

Not exactly a head-fi-worthy setup, but I'm 16 and don't have a job, so my $80 IEMs were a big purchase for me, and I don't know where else to turn for help. Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 8

You need to pin point where is your problem coming from.

 

1. Source: Bit error can create static like noise. This could be a corrupted file, corrupted disk, HDD too fragmented, bad driver. The list goes on and this is the most likely problem.

2. Conductivity issue: Bad cable, bad solder joint, bad connector. Usually, bad connectivity results sound cutting in and out and not static like noise. So I would focus on 1 first.

post #3 of 8
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To clarify, the problem is a popping noise which I think is the result of static electricity, not a static noise. Thank for your help, though.

post #4 of 8

It likely is static electricity.. This is something that just kinda happens with iems/earbuds if you build up a static charge.

 

take your shoes off perhaps?

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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

It likely is static electricity.. This is something that just kinda happens with iems/earbuds if you build up a static charge.

 

take your shoes off perhaps?

I don't wear shoes in the house, but thank you for the suggestion, and for the confirmation of my suspicions. I'll have to try the IEMs without the extension again, and see if that helps any.

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I don't wear shoes in the house, but thank you for the suggestion, and for the confirmation of my suspicions. I'll have to try the IEMs without the extension again, and see if that helps any.

yeah, that could be rubbing against your carpet. I used to have the problem around fall/winter when I would use iems and walk around my house with shoes on. (our basement was really, really, really bad for some reason). I just kinda learned to avoid using them when I risked a nasty shock. 

It really hurts! At least, it hurt me pretty bad. I thought the iem's were malfunctioning.


It -might- help to get an iem that doesn't have a metal housing/nozzle/grille, but I can't say that for sure. Also, maybe try changing around the clothes you are wearing.. Just become aware of anything that might be building up static. Maybe it's something easy to change?

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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

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Originally Posted by GNURush View Post

I don't wear shoes in the house, but thank you for the suggestion, and for the confirmation of my suspicions. I'll have to try the IEMs without the extension again, and see if that helps any.

yeah, that could be rubbing against your carpet. I used to have the problem around fall/winter when I would use iems and walk around my house with shoes on. (our basement was really, really, really bad for some reason). I just kinda learned to avoid using them when I risked a nasty shock. 

It really hurts! At least, it hurt me pretty bad. I thought the iem's were malfunctioning.


It -might- help to get an iem that doesn't have a metal housing/nozzle/grille, but I can't say that for sure. Also, maybe try changing around the clothes you are wearing.. Just become aware of anything that might be building up static. Maybe it's something easy to change?

The cable is 10' long, and my IEMs just barely reach my computer to begin with, so the extension cable on the floor is probably what it is. I'll see what I can do about that.

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by GNURush View Post

The cable is 10' long, and my IEMs just barely reach my computer to begin with, so the extension cable on the floor is probably what it is. I'll see what I can do about that.

good luck man.

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