Old 24th August 2014, 17:13   #1
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What is wrong with my setup?

I am laying in bed listening to some music, when I become very acutely aware of a hissing noise in the background of my music. As the track goes on, I notice fuzz and distortion in hard notes and bass heavy frequencies.

I am wondering if something is wrong with my setup. I know there are some existing weak links, but I want to know what I need to change to remain cost effective. I am kind of new to the technical side of audio quality, and I am unsure of what to do.

Moves from Source to software to hardware:

FLAC Audio Tracks (Sometimes iTunes purchased tracks) --> iTunes (WinAmp / MediaMonkey on occasion) --> Windows 8 --> 24bit 192khz Direct Output --> Acer Aspire M5-481PT --> HDMI --> Sony STR-DN1000 Receiver (factory settings) --> Sennheiser 650HD (or OnkyoHT-SR800 Home theater speakers)

Is the problem because I'm missing a part (amp? DAC? etc) or because I have my software setup wrong (iTunes audio quality sucks? Windows 8 output needs to be lowered to 16bit??) Or is it entirely some other issue?
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Old 24th August 2014, 17:37   #2
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Has the hiss, fuzz, and distortion always been there or is it something new? If new, check all your cable connections to the various equipment to be sure everything is tight. Have different electrical or electronic equipment been moved near the computer or plugged into the same AC power circuit?

If the problem has always been there, then it could have many causes. Like you say, from the source files, to the software, thru the hardware, the fault could involve one, two or all of them. The devil would be in the details. This forum is better for helping with general and specific problems with Winamp, rather than support for multimedia playback issues in general.

Browse through the sticky posts at the top of the 1st page of this sub-forum for what general info is available.

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