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I've recently gotten this static noise from my HD558 on most songs.

post #1 of 15
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It's a white noise/static usually near the beginning and end of songs and fades out because the sound of the music overshadows it. I haven't changed my source at all though (the only thing it's connected to is my desktop computer, with integrated audio). Is it possible it's picking up some background noise from inside the computer?

 

Now the problem is that I can't be sure if this noise has only recently started or if it has been there all along. Is there anyone else with hd558s that can help?

post #2 of 15
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Ok, as a little test, the static noise is more apparent for me in this video. It's throughout the entire vid for me, so if anyone here can listen to it and tell me if they're hearing a static noise then I'll know I'm not going crazy.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF0vnh0tJSM

post #3 of 15
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come on guys, all I want is a simple observation.

post #4 of 15

Have you tried using Foobar2000 for playing music?

As your using a computer's built in audio (low cost DACs), should be worth it to add something with a better DAC (Digital to Analog Converter).

Usually an external DAC is free from any electrical noise (which can affect an analog audio signal) generated inside a computer.

I'm sure your computer has USB port, and optical or coaxial ports?

Do you know the model number of the computer's motherboard?

Is the computer only for music? what about movies and gaming?

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by hipolymer View Post

come on guys, all I want is a simple observation.

i hear nothing on my AT50's, my HD437's, my hifi speakers or my cheap computer speakers, i tried it through a DAC and through my sound card

 

FWIW my HD500's have been making noise for a couple weeks, running some audiochecker.net tests the other night i figured out that one of the drivers is broken (loose?  shaking/noisy anyways).  i wouldn't call it white noise but an experience anyways.

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Have you tried using Foobar2000 for playing music?

As your using a computer's built in audio (low cost DACs), should be worth it to add something with a better DAC (Digital to Analog Converter).

Usually an external DAC is free from any electrical noise (which can affect an analog audio signal) generated inside a computer.

I'm sure your computer has USB port, and optical or coaxial ports?

Do you know the model number of the computer's motherboard?

Is the computer only for music? what about movies and gaming?

I use both foobar and itunes and I can't notice any apparent difference between the two in terms of the static I hear.

Would you say it matters how much it is, or would any DAC work to fix the static? What's a good starting point for a newbie audiophile?

It has an SPDIF port.

motherboard is GA-Z68P-DS3

I use the computer for gaming and watching videos as well.

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by ferday View Post

i hear nothing on my AT50's, my HD437's, my hifi speakers or my cheap computer speakers, i tried it through a DAC and through my sound card

 

FWIW my HD500's have been making noise for a couple weeks, running some audiochecker.net tests the other night i figured out that one of the drivers is broken (loose?  shaking/noisy anyways).  i wouldn't call it white noise but an experience anyways.

Audiochecker.net? The site doesn't seem to work. Is it this program? http://www.freewarefiles.com/downloads_counter.php?programid=21299

post #8 of 15

I'll check the video you posted in about a half hour...

 

But I find it weird that it would only be there for some songs. I would think the song would be at fault, as there are tons of recordings out there that have noise in them. Maybe you just have more detailed headphones then you are used to.

 

If it were interferance from other compenents of your computer, you would hear it without playing any songs. And it would be the same volume regardless of whether your actual volume settings were on mute or full blast.

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by hipolymer View Post

Ok, as a little test, the static noise is more apparent for me in this video. It's throughout the entire vid for me, so if anyone here can listen to it and tell me if they're hearing a static noise then I'll know I'm not going crazy.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF0vnh0tJSM

 

The sound of this video was poorly recorded. The high frequency noise can be heard through out the entire video. Even on a relatively forgiving HD598 the noise is unbearable.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by hipolymer View Post

Ok, as a little test, the static noise is more apparent for me in this video. It's throughout the entire vid for me, so if anyone here can listen to it and tell me if they're hearing a static noise then I'll know I'm not going crazy.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF0vnh0tJSM

>Pick live footage mixed into the red on youtube as a test for clarity.

>What.

post #11 of 15

Yeah, there's definitely noise in that video...

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

The reason I picked that video was BECAUSE of the crackling noise throughout. I knew that if I could here it and you guys couldn't then it would be a problem on my end.

 

Is there a site for high quality uploads that I can test it out then?

post #13 of 15

I really wouldn't worry about it unless it's on all songs. It sounds like it's a problem with recording quality, noise isn't exactly rare in a lot of recordings.


Here, try these tests just to make sure: http://www.audiocheck.net/soundtests_headphones.php

 

If you notice any problems, make sure you download the file and try instead of playing off your browser. There can be issues when playing it in the browser.

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by hipolymer View Post

Audiochecker.net? The site doesn't seem to work. Is it this program? http://www.freewarefiles.com/downloads_counter.php?programid=21299

cause it's audiocheck.net

 

ugh my bad

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Okay, that's a very useful site. So if I didn't hear any static in any of those tests, I can safely assume its the recording of the music and not the headphones that are at fault? 

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