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post #16 of 24

yeah same here. crap lol

post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
Now it's an issue of is it worth buying a groundloop isolator, or risking using the cheater plug and putting the isolator money into a dac.
post #18 of 24

There are also much cheaper isolators available, you can find various models for as low as $10 on amazon.com. Of course, these are much more likely to have an audible effect on the sound (especially the bass can be degraded by cheap transformers), but if you really cannot just use the STX built-in amplifier for now, then you could give one of them with good consumer feedback a try.

post #19 of 24
Ordered and going to try a hum-x from Amazon.
post #20 of 24

The HUM-X knocked out all the noises and amp is dead silent now no matter what volume. Get to keep my ground plug too!

post #21 of 24
Thread Starter 

Congrats. Did it degrade the sound at all? I went and picked up a cheap one for $25 to try it out. It killed the interference, and knocked out the mids and bottom end.

post #22 of 24

nope no sound degradation since it goes where you plug in stuff instead of of touching the source cables. 

post #23 of 24

It is basically like a cheater plug, but with the ground connected through diodes. So, when there is only a small voltage (e.g. interference) on the ground, it is lifted, but when the voltage increases because of a problem, the diodes will conduct and let the safety ground work as intended. Not sure if this is entirely as safe as a real grounded plug, but it is better than a simple cheater plug.

post #24 of 24
Cool at least I have some idea of how it works. Going to make sure ill keep the amp plugged in instead of the PC for safe measure. Looks like even going SLi with a second gtx 670 hasn't added added any extra noise so I'm pretty happy with the results.
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