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Getting a horrible muffled sound with my audio!

Q: Getting a horrible muffled sound with my audio!

As my title suggests, whenever I listen to music, play games, and so one, my sound is horrible. I want to know if there is some way to set everything to default, or is there some other method of fixing this?

It's a pain, because I personally can not play games with this kind of sound, and no, it is not my speakers, because my headset does it too.. So if you guys could help, I'd appreciate it.

Preferred Solution: Getting a horrible muffled sound with my audio!

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

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A: Getting a horrible muffled sound with my audio!

Try re-installing the audio driver or get the newest driver.

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This has been a problem for me for a few months now, but it's just getting unbearable.
So, here's the situation:Oftentimes, my headphones give out muffled audio. It makes it virtually impossible to make out human speech, and just generally isn't very good. In the past, I could fix this by adjusting the headphone jack somewhat, but over time I've had to do it more violently and I'm concerned at this point that I'll harm the computer if I continue doing it. Now, whenever it happens, I have to wiggle the jack around with a decent amount of force to get it to work properly.
I'm not particularly good with computer hardware, so I'm not entirely sure what the exact issue could be. If you need any more information, just ask. I'd be happy to provide it. Any help is appreciated.

A:Audio jack giving out muffled, bad quality sound

Nevermind. I just hooked up a pair of speakers with audio ports of their own into the back, and it works pretty well.

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I have a self-assembled desktop PC - full specs in the signature below, but in short, it has an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor on a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P mainboard, which uses a Realtek Azalia ALC887 on-board sound system. I have no loudspeakers and listen to the computer sounds exclusively through a Microsoft LX-1000 headset. I also have a Logitech C270 HD webcam that has its own microphone. My PC has 16 GB RAM, a SSD and a large HDD. It runs Windows 8.1 Update 1 with all Windows updates (Patch Tuesday was this week, but my problems had started before that and I'm sure they're unrelated).

Everything is working fine, except the audio, which started behaving strangely a few days ago for no apparent reason. The problems started suddenly and I can't think of anything that could have caused them. There were no hardware changes or any intervention in the hardware, nor did I install any new software that could have messed up things.

When playing music, it sounds muffled, with the volume very low and the voice and several instruments muted, while other instruments in the background arrangement sound relatively louder. No graphic equalizer is on, and this happens with any player software (Windows Media Player, VLC, Media Player Classic, etc.), and any source (MP3 music, audio CDs, DVDs, videos, etc.). There appears to be no hardware problem with either my headset or the onboard audio: when I run both Windows' native and Realtek's driver sound output tests, the test tune comes out... Read more

A:Realtek audio, Gigabyte mobo: muffled audio, no mic input

This is a duplicate of what is posted on the Seven Forums.

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I just bought the Y50 yesterday with the GTX 960M. Unfortunatly i noticed while playing that the left speaker started to do a clicking noise, in addition the sound became muffled. When i tilt the laptop the problem is resolved i.e. the clicing stops and the sound returns to normal. After a few minutes the same problem returns until i tilt the laptop or lift it again.
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A:Y50 clicking sound from left speaker and muffled sound

Hi Goldenbird,
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with left speaker in your Lenovo Y50 laptop.
This might be issue with the speaker cable which is not seated properly, please visit the nearest service center fo further details
Click here to open a link where you can select the country and get the exact contact support number. I?m sure
they will be a great help.
 Hope this helps. Do post back if the issue persists!
Best regards,       
Ashwin. S

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So I've had this problem for a while now, with multiple headsets.
If I'm say, listening to music and on teamspeak or skype at the same time, the audio will kind of muffle, cut out the one ear or the other, and just generally go a little funny. Also sometimes when streaming with xsplit.
I have a Lenovo G560, and the headset I'm currently using is Steelseries Sibera V2, plugged into the audio and mic jacks.
If I have the microphone disabled via sound, the issue still occurs
I don't have this issue with USB headsets.

The devices for the audio are:
Conextant SmartAudio HD (driver:
Intel(R) Display Audio (driver:

Running Windows 7 64 bit.

Please help! I've had this issue for months and it's frustrating me to no end.

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Nevermind. Issue resolved. Please close this topic.

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My system specs are on my profile.

My integrated audio is: Realtek ALC898

I have used both the R2.71 driver from Realtek directly and Realtek High Definition Audio Driver from MSI both are the latest drivers available for Windows 8 64bit.

When playing music from any media player WMP, VLC, Winamp, etc.. The vocals are very muffled and the bass is way too high.

I have no options of lowering the bass. Changing the Equalizer in the Realtek HD Audio Manager to Treble helps out a little making vocals a tad clearer and dropping the bass.

My speaker system is a Altec Lansing 2.1 external speaker set using auxiliary.

I did not have these issues on Windows 7 64bit. Only experienced the problem on Windows 8.

Any suggestions or ideas?? I am running out of hope! I would prefer not to have to downgrade or get a dedicated sound card.

A:Audio Muffled & Bass too High

Win 8 uses the same drivers as Win 7 and should work the same.

What is "Altec Lansing 2.1 external speaker set using auxiliary"? You should be connecting the speaker system to the GREEN speaker jack only.

Do you have any Sound Effects enabled (in the RealTek HD Audio Manager)? Disable any if you do.

Did you install the Intel motherboard chipset drivers? The drivers need installed for proper operation, as one of the main things the drivers do is properly identify all the devices on the motherboard.

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I have had this Inspiron 15 7559 laptop for over a year now and the audio has been fine, besides the odd crackle or pop here and there. However, after a Windows update, the audio has since become "muffled" whenever I try to watch youtube or movies, listen to spotify, or play any games. It's like the sound is very distant or like it was being played underwater, if that makes any sense. From what I can tell, Windows notification sounds appear to be unaffected. Audio works fine when I use headphones.
I have seen frequent directions on this forum to open the Device Manager and expand the "Sound, Video & Game Controllers" section, then right clicking on "Realtek High Definition Audio". But I do not see that present there, instead I see "Intel Display Audio", "NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM), and "Realtek Audio" (unless this one qualifies?).
I am not sure whether I have made things more difficult trying other solutions posted on this forum and other troubleshooting forums, which has resulted in the Realtek High Definition Audio" disappearing or something.
In any case, I'm at my wits end here and would greatly appreciate any directions you can give me to find a solution to this problem.

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Hello, my friend recently got a new computer and ever since he got it he has been getting an annoying problem with recording audio. His old computer was about 4 years old and had Realtek AC,97.But now his new computer will not work on anything other than Realtek High Definition Drivers. He really hates it because he cannot record audio anymore or use his microphone.Let me explain what is happening for him, He downloaded fraps and got into Half-Life 1 to see if everything was working, sadly it was not. Everything was very loud and distorted, something like this: . But a little less loud...He was able to fix it but now all he gets is an annoying muffled audio track every time he records.He messed around with settings for about 2 weeks, He has also tried it with both Fraps and xFire with same results. It's not the programs its his drivers or audio settings.He has tried to uninstall the HD drivers and install AC,97, but his computer refuses to accept that. He is very tired of it and desperate for help.Here are his audio settings: His computer specs are (If they really matter):Os: windows Xp Home editionCpu: Amd Athlon 7850 Dual core processor2.80 GHZ, 3.25 GB of RAM (He actually has 6, hopefully nothing is corrupt)Motherboard: JetwayVideo card: Ati Radeon 4850Please help him, He loves making videos!

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I did a full system recovery the other day because I was having problems with my cpu usage spiking to 100% when no programs were running. The reformat solved my cpu problem but now the sound is all messed up, it works but its so sharp and muffled and echoing kind of, and when I play cs 1.6 the guns sound so dense and muffled. I've tried everything from checking all the settings, making sure nothing is muted and making sure all the confirgurations are correct. I've installed driver after driver after driver but doesn't help. I've searched everywhere on the net but couldn't find a solution, I have broken my Icemat headphones over this becuase I got so mad that my sound don't work right and I can't seem to fix it. So please will someone help me out with this problem. My sound was working great before the reformat

Here's all my system information

--------[ EVEREST Home Edition (c) 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

Computer TAYLOR (Games)
Generator Owner
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2008-06-18
Time 20:56

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A:Sound muffled

i'd suggest get a windows update first.

un-install then re-install the sound driver (latest).

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Hi, I recently purchased a laptop and having some sound issues randomly. Everytime i watch a movie through either a .avi or netflix the sound becomes muffled and at random points it seems like the speakers have been damaged or blown. Tried to reinstall the drivers and no effect. Thanks Regards, Raj

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I've noticed that the sound on my HP dv7 laptop seems more muffled that it used to. I was trying to watch a video with the volume on low last night and I couldn't really make out what was being said. Usually this is fine.

Any ideas? - I checked the speaker drivers in control panel and apparently they are up to date and working okay.

I'm running win 7 RC by the way. Before that it was vista.

A:Sound Muffled

did this whappened when you started using W7? Drivers for audio on laptops almost always contain software that will enhance the quality of the sound produced by the speaker(s), a thing that can't be done with generic drivers.

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Im having with w7 atm when i play music the sound is all muffled and screechy like its being amplified kinda like when you turn the equalizer up full. Ive gone through the sound settings but there arent any that i can see that would be causing the problem. The sound card shows up as Creative AudioPCI (ES1371,ES1373) (WDM) under device manager which is the drivers that installed automatically from windows update.

A:muffled sound

have you looked in control panel for the creative audio software, im not familiar with your sound card but it may have a settings panel in control panel.
,has this recently started happening have you installed any sound software recently and have you had an update that may have affected it?
if its a fairly recent thing then maybe a system restore to the point before it started happening will help.

System Restore - Windows 7 Forums

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Some days ago I started noticing that the sound coming from my PC suffered from some kind of muffled distortion. I use earphones and theyre perfectly fine, since they work properly with any other device.

Windows 7 x64 (Completely updated according to automatic updates)
Realtek High Definition Audio

This kind of muffled sound occurs at random times in a video, song, etc, I honestly cant specify when does the distortion occur, its mainly a few times at random.

I connect my earphones to an audio entry in the volume and bass control wheel of my speakers and sub woofer.

What have I done recently that could have affected the sound?

-As I had said before, the earphones work perfectly fine, but the sound distortion occurs with all the earphones I have tried. So discard this.

-Recently I removed my speakers' cables which are connected to the sub-woofer, and the sound problem has started occuring closely to when I plugged them back again. This made me think that I messed up with the cables connected to my sound system, but unfortunately this isnt the problem, since when I connect my earphones to the PC tower audio entry, the muffled distortion occurs aswell.

Basically I must discard the effectof any peripherals and therefore believe that the problem revolves to the sound card

-Recently an update of my nVidia graphics card was released and I downloaded it: GEFORCE 285.62 DRIVER. This update came with: "Installs HD Audio driver version". I have... Read more

A:Muffled Sound in PC

I would go to Realtex and download the driver from their website. Microsoft's device drivers are generic the ones from the manufactures are better.

If you installed any drivers for your graphics and audio from Microsoft I would download and install the latest from the manufactures website.
Also do you have any codec packs installed? E.g Codec pack lite etc...?

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Hey everyone. I just installed a new sound card (upgrade from O/B sound), when i play music like in Windows Media Player it sounds great. But when i play videos like on You tube its all muffled. What would cause this? Thanks.

A:Muffled Sound

It's probably just from the low bitrate used on online videos. The sound quality of those is bad because of it. If your sound is good with good audio files, then there's nothing wrong with your setup.

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Some days ago I started noticing that the sound coming from my PC suffered from some kind of muffled distortion. I use earphones and theyre perfectly fine, since they work properly with any other device.

Windows 7 x64 (Completely updated according to automatic updates)
Realtek High Definition Audio

This kind of muffled sound occurs at random times in a video, song, etc, I honestly cant specify when does the distortion occur, its mainly a few times at random.

I connect my earphones to an audio entry in the volume and bass control wheel of my speakers and sub woofer.

What have I done recently that could have affected the sound?

-As I had said before, the earphones work perfectly fine, but the sound distortion occurs with all the earphones I have tried. So discard this.

-Recently I removed my speakers' cables which are connected to the sub-woofer, and the sound problem has started occuring closely to when I plugged them back again. This made me think that I messed up with the cables connected to my sound system, but unfortunately this isnt the problem, since when I connect my earphones to the PC tower audio entry, the muffled distortion occurs aswell.

Basically I must discard the effectof any peripherals and therefore believe that the problem revolves to the sound card

-Recently an update of my nVidia graphics card was released and I downloaded it: GEFORCE 285.62 DRIVER. This update came with: "Installs HD Audio driver version". I have no idea if ... Read more

A:Muffled Sound in PC

Not sure what help this might be, but keep it in mind while you troubleshoot:

If the audio entering an amplifier is too high, it will muffle. FOr ex: your computer sound is turned up, sending high amounts of ausio to powered-external speakers. those speakers will then have bad distortion, mostly at high olume points in the ausio track. (also sometimes at high bass points). try turning your pc volume quite low and see if the problem presents with standard, unamplified headphones directly connected to the pc. If this solves it then it is an amplifying problem almost guranteed.

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Hello I recently Bought a new computer and ever since then i have been having some annoying problems With Recording and audio. So Before on my old computer that is about 4 years old it had Realtek AC,97 Great software But my new computer will not work on anything else other then Realtek High Definition Drivers, i really hate it but without it my sound will not work and my computer will not function right without it. Let me explain to you what was happening just two weeks ago, i downloaded fraps And i got into Half life 1 to test if everything was going okay but it wasn't. What was happening was everything was to loud and distorting, something like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX55ZY7TZEg but a little less loud and annoying but still really annoying, enough to make any one mad. I fixed it and its great now but Of course nothing is calm if your going to try to fix something, now what i get is this annoying Muffled audio track every time i record a video, I messed around with the settings for about 2 weeks till i got that loud annoying stuff away but now it's all muffled, i have googled many times and found nothing and i used youtube to but nothing helped me, I have Tried Fraps, and Xfire recording both ending with the same result. This is not the program its my drivers or settings. I Have uninstalled The HD Drivers twice now attempting to install AC,97 but my computer refuses and i accept that. I am really tired of this issue and if someone could help me out, h... Read more

A:When Recording Videos The Result Is Muffled audio

my name is dominic too!

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Turn off all enhancements, in your speakers properties if you want to record using any recording devices.

dont turn on dts effects too. ( i don t know if i really had it on when i was recording but yeah i turned it off)

if your Stereo mix isnt showing, my problem was, because i didnt install my motherboard drivers.

other people had it disabled and didnt right click and checkmark hidden devices so it could show.
and damn now its working like windows xp. im soo happy

i hope i helped someone cause it took me about 5 hours to figure out LOL

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This has been a persistent issue-- years ago, I experienced this on my Windows 7 pc (which I resolved years ago and no longer remember how I did it). Last night when I updated to Windows 10, the muffle came back happened again.

The issue is that only the audio from *streaming video* when paying through my speakers (not my Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma headphones) comes through muffled and distorted. Audio from streaming audio is fine through the headphones, and system sounds play back fine.

I have a Sound Blaster Recon3d Xfinity Pro card.

I can't imagine this isn't a driver issue, but I uninstalled the Recon3D driver and allowed Windows 10 to do an auto-reinstall, and the problem persists.

Solutions online discuss Adobe flash, but if Adobe flash were the issue I'd be experiencing the same problem while listening through headphones. By process of elimination it seems to be a problem with the Recon3D drivers.

Anyone have any suggestions for me?

A:Muffled audio on Youtube/other streaming sites

Perhaps instead of allowing Win10 to install the driver, download and install it from here.

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The only recent changes I've made to my computer is the newest update from Microsoft. When I log on to XP, the startup sound is fine, but the normal system sounds are very very muffled. I've checked the levels, and checked for conflicts, and nothing seems to be wrong. Aside from the system sounds, known wav files have the same very very low volume.

Using XP SP3, realtek 97. When I use the HRTF demo under the audio configuration, everything sounds fine. Just not sure why if all the levels are good, why things don't work.

Please help.


A:Solved: Muffled Audio and System Sounds

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Ok this is my first post on any tech help forum so my apologies if i miss out any key information.

Here's the problem, since purchasing my HP Pavillion dv7-1020ea laptop i have had intermittent problems with my speaker sound going muffled, quieter and losing all high tones. This is a continuous problem from the moment the computer starts and doesnt change.

My laptop runs vista 64 with IDT High Definition Audio codec and the drivers are up to date. I have tried enabling and disabling the device, it says it is working fine. Sound from my headphones works fine with none of the muffling. In the IDT control panel, the settings are set correctly, im not attempting to run surround sound or anything.

At first I thought it was a bad connection or something but suddenly the problem disappeared and never happened again for 6 months. But recently I reformatted my PC and as soon as my PC was running again the problem resurfaced. Restarting my PC sometimes fixes it but more often than not it doesn't.

Its very frustrating because I can't pin the source of the problem down. I dont think its a bad connection because it worked fine for 6 months and then when i reformatted it came back. I never experience crackling or jerky sound or short periods of good or bad sound. When i turn my PC on and it wrks, it works fine until my PC is turned off. The problem never just happens as im using my PC, it turns on with the problem, or it turns on without it.

I have all enhancements disa... Read more

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I tried updating the audio driver and reinstalling it. The sound from the headphones is fine though.There are no cracking sounds like I've seen in other threads.

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I recently purchased a Lenovo Y50-70 laptop and I realize every so often the sound dissapears to a very small muffled noise. I bumped into the solution randomly, which is closing and re-opening the laptop (putting it on standby and on again essentially). Can anyone help me with this? Thanks

A:Lenovo Y50 - y70 Sound Muffled

Hi Andrewwijiya,
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with sound muffled in your Y50-70 laptop.
Please confirm whether the sound is from the HDD, or from the fan or it can also be from any cables which are shorted inside, as this might be a hardware issue I would like to suggest you to visit the nearest service center for further details.
Click here to open a link where you can select the country and get the exact contact support number. I?m sure they will be a great help.
Hope this helps. Do post back if issue persists!
Best regards,   

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Im having a problem which is driving me mad, muffled sound which makes speech (both in games and on youtube etc) completely inaudible. Just sounds like lots of bass and nothing much else.
I have a Foxconn G31mx motherboard which has built in Realtek audio running Windows 7 32bit. I have downloaded the latest Win7 drivers from both Foxconn and Realtek which has made no difference. I thought it may have somthing to do with a recently installed ATI 4850 gfx card as this has a HDMI port but looking at the installed playback devices all that is available is ''Speakers - Realtek high definition audio device'' which is set as enabled and default and ''Realtek digital output - Realtek high definition audio device'' which is disabled. I have tried every possible combination of enabling and dissabling the various options without success.
Any advice or help would be greatly recieved as my little girl is loosing the will to live not being able to play on Nick Juniour website lol.....
Many thanks in advance.

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Since an update, the sound has been muffled when any sound is played from my laptop. Any advice? Thank you

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I am working on my neighbors computer. It's one I gave her, but I am always trying to get the best performance out of this old thing. It's a running a Mitac motherboard from a Compaq computer with a 500MHz processor, 253MB's of RAM, an ATI PCI video card and an AOpen PCI sound card.

I just reformatted and put Windows 2000 on there. It's a bit slow for the system, but W98 is so unstable and I had little success with that.

The installation went fine. I even updated the BIOS. Now it does have onboard audio, but disabled it, in one way or another, in the BIOS (It still shows up in device manager though for some reason, but that's now disabled)

I also ran into putting in possibly a hacked or virus-infected program on it and it, of course, screwed things up. Luckliy I was able to reload everything and get on with the installation of some other programs.

The problem is, that during start-up, the Windows start-up sound is slightly muffled. I tried putting in a different wave start-up, but it did the same thing. I'm pretty sure the problem isn't the sound card either, since I tested the wav in "Sounds and Multimedia" in Control Panel. It sounded fine there.

I also messed around with the advanced features in that category and changed things like hardware acceleration and such, but I really don't know what I'm doing there.

So it appears to me that the problem is in the startup boot sequence itself, right? Or what else could i... Read more

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I just got my laptop on Wednesday, (yay,) but when I tried going on Youtube I noticed the sound is very muffled.  I compared it to my old laptop and the sound was much better on the old one.  Heck, the sound on my phone is better.  The same thing happened when I switched to Windows 10 on my old laptop so I went to Microsoft support chat.  They only told me to do the usual stuff I had already found in other searches.  The sound is still muffled and very annoying to listen to because it's like something is covering my speakers.  Can anyone help?

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I'm a noob when it comes to the computer world so bear with me. My laptop is about 3 years old and about a year ago, my sound started to get muffled and I couldn't hear voices when I played games. Whenever I move the earphones in the audio jack, I can sometimes pick up the voices, but I have to keep it steady of put a pillow under it to keep it like that. Is it just my computer? Or did something change?

A:Muffled Sound and can't hear talking.

Either the headphone jack is defective or the headphone plug. To determine which it is, use a different headphone (or the small earphones like are used on MP3 players) and see if that works properly. If it does then the jack in the PC is the problem. Unfortunately either the motherboard or a "daughter board" I/O board will have to be replaced. The jacks are enclosed and not (usually) repairable. The printed circuit boards are multi-layer and unless you have the special tools to work on a multi-layer circuit board you can't fix it yourself by replacing the jack.

One other outside possibility. A few PC's, but not all, have the option to reassign the jacks with a Sound Configuration panel. If yours has this, you MAY be able to make the "Line In" jack a headphone jack.

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Hello,I have some weird problem with my Lenovo Y50-touchscreen 4K. I have the laptop for about 3 years now, and today, while playing GTA V, when I started a new mission, it started "clicking" in a steady rhythm and the sound, only from the speakers (headphones works fine), has become muffled. I bought this Laptop from the US store (official website) but currently at Israel and they have an awful service (they damaged my last laptop 4 times in 4 different occasions....) so I really hope that it is something I could figure alone. Any ideas? * In any case, My exstended warranty ended about 6 months ago. Thanks.  Details:Lenovo Y-50 Touch Screen - 4K16 RAM500 SSDNVIDIA 860MWindows 10    By the way, I just found this video which show same problem:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7WzjYrInAk

A:clicking sounds and muffled sound - old y50

Hi Shay4383,
Welcome to the Community Forums.
You can first start to run diagnostics to check on the integrity of the internal parts. One in particular is the harddrive so it would be interesting to isolate what is the part that cause the noise.
Update us how it goes.

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I have a problem with the quality of sound coming from my Logitech external speakers. When I record using INport LP Recorder the sound from my speakers is muffled and not very loud. The same applies to sounds from my Age of Empires Game. On top of that, I get no sound at all when I try and play music from iTunes. I have troubleshot (troubleshooted?) audio devices and had an error detected Hardware changes might have been detected. Another test told me that Low audio device volume had been detected. I have tried adjusting various settings without making any difference (including increasing the audio volume). Is there a not too complicated explanation/remedy?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3292 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1), 1422 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 97 GB (26 GB Free); D: 292 GB (180 GB Free); L: 292 GB (220 GB Free); Z: 75 GB (53 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., G41M-Combo
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

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The audio for all media through the speakers will become muffled every few seconds, then revert back to normal quality only to become muffled again. This happens only with the speakers, though, as headphones seem to work fine.

A:Audio on inspiron 13 7000 windows 10 fades in and out, with a muffled quality

 I think I found a fix!

Right click on the speaker icon on the lower right part of your screen (sorry, can't remember the English name for that) and choose "Playback Devices", so you'll get to the Sound menu. Click on the Communications tab. There you'll find a set of options to "When windows detects communication activity:"
Choose "Do nothing".

This solved for me, hope it helps you guys too. Sorry about my English, I am not a native speaker.

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Today after returning home from school, switching on the PC and turning on Aion. ( Sort of Irrelevant ) I logged into vent, and was unable to hear everybody due to muffled / robot like voices they had. My voice was clear to them. And all other sound on my computer was fine. It seems it is only my voice receiving that is awkward. Any ideas what this could be? - Drivers are all up to date.

Sound blaster x-fi Sound card.

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I have bought brand new Dell inspiron 3542, it has maxxaudio wave speaker. The muffling sound is emitting from laptop... The latest virson oh audio driver is already installed and the internal setting also is normal. Please help me solve this problem .... i don't know either it is hardware problem or software problem. 

A:Muffled and Whispered sound in Inspiron 3542 from maxxaudio speaker

Rakshit Trivedi i don't know either it is hardware problem or software problem. 
Hello. Test by switching to the Windows native audio driver.
1. Open the Device Manager2. Expand the Sound, Video & Game Controllers section.3. Right click on the Realtek and select to uninstall.4. Put a check mark in the option to delete the driver software, and then ok.5. Restart the laptop and go back to the Device Manager and check again for a Realtek driver. Keep uninstalling & restarting until Realtek no longer appears under Sound...Controllers and "High Definition Audio Device" appears in its place. "High Definition Audio Device" is the name of the native driver.
[The reason you might have to go through the process more than once is because the driver files for more than one Realtek driver could be on the hard drive. When a Realtek driver is removed, the next one gets installed if Windows can locate the files. Windows installs its generic driver only after all Realtek files have been removed.]
6. At this point, test the audio while the native driver is installed and see if the same problem occurs.
7. When finished testing, download and install a fresh copy of the Realtek driver for your operating system. Get it from your Dell support page. Test the audio again
If the same problem occurs with both the Realtek and the native driver, then probably not a software issue.

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I am trying to listen to some music using my Bluetooth headphone.
Normally this works quite OK (modulo the usual BT lightning strokes that seem to never go completely away, but normally these are typically split seconds and "only" every minute or so.
But today, the music play is terrible! Every 10 seconds or so the music stutters, breaks away or it sounds like a big truck rushing through my room. It's terrible!

The only thing I could identify so far is that some process "Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework Host Process" seems to be permanently consuming 30+% CPU. What the heck is this?
Besides that the "Antimalware Service Executable" seems to steadily consume another 15%.

How can one "dampen" the resource hunger of such processes such that they leave media player and its driver do its business? I would expect these to be "background processes".

This is on a MS Surface Pro 4.

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New XPS 8700 i7, Win 8.1
Problems: (1) Audio output is too heavy on the bass (and I'm a bass player, so that's saying something). Vocals hard to hear, little upper end. (2) Something in the system audio processor is adding excessive reverb/echo. (The song I was testing with is one I've heard 1000 times, so I know it's not in the original recording.) I've tried all variations on EQ and other settings in both Windows Media Player and Dell Audio--these adjust the sound, but don't get at the central problem.
Physical Hookup: Hooked into my home stereo through speaker out (green jack on back)-stereo 1/8" cable split to 2 RCA jacks into my amplifier. (Hooked up exactly as on my old desktop, which worked just fine.) I only have 2 speakers--no surround sound setup.  Playing MP3s through Windows Media Player.
I isolated the components: Sound problem is neither with the home stereo amplifier nor the speakers nor the MP3. Definitely somewhere in the XPS.
I plugged into the various audio outputs available, and the green one works best, but is far from perfect. 
I get the feeling that the audio output jacks are designed for a surround system rather than a simple stereo system, so maybe I'm only getting the audio feed for a particular subsection of a surround speaker set. But how do I switch the jack so I'm getting stereo rather than a surround channel feed?
Also, what is causing the ridiculous echo/reverb?
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A:Horrible XPS 8700 Audio Playback

The Realtek ALC3861 driver on our site is dated 10/16/13. Load the newest one from Realtek and retest.
* Go here* Click "High Definition Audio Codecs (Software)"* Accept the notice* Click Next* Look to the right of "64bits Vista, Windows7, Windows8, Windows8.1 Driver only (Executable file)"* Click the US link* The file "64bit_Win7_Win8_Win81_R275.exe" will be saved to your Windows desktop* Run the file. Follow the instructions

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Hi my sound on laptop is terrible for the past couple of days all sound is like distorted and really slow like its struggling to operate ..i have opened up device manager and checked for any yellow or red symbols anywere but everything there is fine any help greatfully recieved,,,,,,harty

A:Horrible sound

What are the specs of your laptop?

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I have a new XPS 27 Touch All in One Desktop, and the audio through headphones creates awful feekback. There is a fuzziness whenever there is an audio playing, and sometimes when there is no audio playing at all. I've used two different headphones and the issue persists (the headphones are clear as a bell in my other computers).
Are there any fixes to this issue, or is this just poor quality manufacturing?

A:XPS 27 Touch All in One: Headphone audio has horrible feedback

I have the same problem.  Has anyone come up with a solution?

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Hello BleepingComputer, this problem has been plaguing me for the past 2-3 days.One day I was listening to music and browsing the internet when I noticed significant audio glitching. Cracking, popping, skipping, slowdown, and other weird distortion. I also noticed my system was beginning to run extremely slowly. I open task manager and look at each individual process. Overall none of my CPU usage should have been above 5-10%, however the "CPU Usage" area told a different story. It told me I was running anywhere from 20-40% CPU, a major difference.I downloaded process explorer and tracked down the problem to ndis.sys, apparently a network driver. I googled "ndis.sys high cpu" and got a plethora of results. You'd think that all I'd have to do is just click on a link and find the solution, right? NOT SO SIMPLE! There was a PLETHORA of theories and solutions amongst other things. I just can't find a specific solution that would apply, some say it's a specific program, others say it's an issue with the network driver needing an update, some say you need to turn this or that off and oh my GOD how I am confused.Any help?My system specs are here: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/yzXS67qlihz7PPRaLQ1JXnAEdit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum, at the recommendation of staff. ~ Animal

A:Horrible audio glitches and ndis.sys eating up CPU

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Hello, I just got an HP Eilte x2 1012 G1 and even with the B&O software the audio is weak and tinny,..horrible actually my cel phone is louder and better quality,..I have read all the posts and done everything I can,..device manager and update win 10 drivers,..all upto date from HP Drivers,..HP Troubleshooting not helping,..please advise

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I'm having the exact same issue as this post, which was not solved...

i got a another problem with stereo mix. (win7)

Bascially, if I try to record through stereo mix (for podcasts or live recording over the internet) There is a horrible white noise, pulsating, echoing sound that gets louder and louder and doesn't stop. Stereo mix is set to default device, obviously, and my speakers are the default playback device, everything else is disabled.

It did not use to do this, so i'm not sure what is causing it.

I checked all the properties and its all at default settings. If I check listen to device and hit apply, I can hear the sound that keeps pulsating/echoing faster and faster until I uncheck it and it apply again. (I only checked it to see if the sound would play which it does).

I have looked all over the internet to try and solve this issue and have not gotten one step closer to solving this. Hopefully someone here can figure this out!

My goal is to record music while people watch what I am doing on my desktop. They do not have an audio feed coming to me so that is not the problem, I am the sole broadcaster.

Thank you in advanced! I eagerly await someones response.

A:Stereo Mix - Horrible sound, please help!

Quote: Originally Posted by Roughknite

I'm having the exact same issue as this post, which was not solved...

i got a another problem with stereo mix. (win7)

Bascially, if I try to record through stereo mix (for podcasts or live recording over the internet) There is a horrible white noise, pulsating, echoing sound that gets louder and louder and doesn't stop. Stereo mix is set to default device, obviously, and my speakers are the default playback device, everything else is disabled.

What you've described is "Feedback".
Let's not change too many things at once.

Things to check:

Single left click on the Stereo Mix icon then select "Properties".
Go to the Listen Tab.

Uncheck "Listen to This Device". (if it is checked) Reboot, test record.

If not that-

Same procedure as above but select the "levels" tab.
Reduce the record level to 15, reboot, test record.

If none of that works go to Playback Devices and select Speakers, then properties, go to the Enhancements tab and disable ALL effects.

You could also be getting feedback from the Realtek "Environments"
This is basically a hardware/software Reverb system to simulate "space". It can feedback upon itself if the levels are too high.


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Basically...All sounds and music on my computer are slowed down and lowered in pitch. Videos, sound effects, notifications, all music, EVERYTHING is affected.

I have no idea what the problem is or how to approach it. Please Help!!

A:Horrible Sound Problem


I restarted my computer and it's fine now. I have no idea what it was though.

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Hi all,
I am just wondering if someone has the same sound issue I have.
Whenever I increase the volume the sound is really horrible, like from cheap $3 speakers. The sound is NOT clear at all.
I tested the same files (mp3, FLAC) on anothet device and it is just great.
Here?s my setup:

Windows 8 - all updates

Asus Xonar D1 interne PCI Soundkarte 7.1, Digital Out, Dolby Technik, Eax, 192kHz 24bit, Low Profile - newest driver

Intel DP55WG - onboard sound disabled in BIOS

Teufel Concept B20
Any help would be really appreciated.

A:Horrible Sound Quality

Have you tried a headset or different speakers?

To eliminate the Xonar sound card, remove the Xonar and enable the on-board audio and try that. If there is no problem with the on-board audio then that points to the Xonar as the problem. However, if that does not fix it then its back to troubleshooting the PC.

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Is there anyone that could please tell me how to disable the Bang & Olufsen audio correction? I'm sure that some people would love it but I work with audio and I really can't stand the way it changes the sound. I tried opening the Bang & Olufsen control panel but I can't deselect the correction in the "listening experience" section nor can I change the related equalization. Please someone help, thanks!

A:How to disable Bang & Olufsen horrible audio correction?

Hello @FeedZombies?, Welcome to the HP Support Forums! It is a great place to find the help you need, both from other users, HP experts and other support personnel. I read your post about the audio correction issue, and wanted to assist you! Please use the following http://www.hp.com/contacthp and create a case for your issue and contact HP. If you live outside the US/Canada, please click the link below to get the contact information for your region.http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-phone-assist.html Please let me know if this information helps you resolve the issue by marking this post as  "Accept as Solution" , this will help others easily find the information they may be looking for.  Also, clicking the Thumbs up below is a great way to say thanks! Have a great day!

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hey i just woke up this morning and found out that my speakers were making this horrible repeated bell sound, sounds like when u r playing a music and ur pc just crashed.

Everytime i load up a mp3 it just plays this sound and when i close it it takes about 2 secs after for the sound to go away

i left my comp on thru the night and it was working perfectly last night, i tried restarting it but it just doesnt seem to work properly.

It isnt just the mp3s, it also does it on the window start up and error messages

A:Speakers making horrible sound

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hi, i recently purchased brand new logitech speakers. im not sure of the exact model, but i can find out if necessary. its 5.1 but im hooking up to my pc which only supports 2.1 (left right and sub). for the past 2 months its been working great, i could blast it as loud as i wanted withouth distortion. after moving my PC, i changed the setup of teh speakers. i moved the sub from the floor to right beside my cpu tower. its was there for about a month, not being used becuase ive been using my headset for a while. i tried to use the speakers again only to find out that it does not work properly anymore. the sound is distorted and i can only hear the bass, not the lyrics of the song. i tried fiddling with the settings behind the sub without any drastic happening. any suggestions on how to revive my once amazing speakers? PLZ HELP THANKS

A:Amazing speakers, horrible sound

Some sound cards & audio chips integrated into the motherboard give you the option of configuring the speakers. If you added a speaker, or plugged a speaker into a different receptacle on your sound card, the result could be that which you describe.

If running XP:
start > control panel
Start > settings > control panel
In the upper left, if it states "switch to classic view", click on the link.

Look for "sound & multimedia". There, you might find a tab that will allow you to change the settings. If you don't find a useful tab, return to the control panel, and look for an entry related to your sound card / chip.


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Good day!I have HP Notebook - 15-af122ur.After upgrading to Win 10 Anniversary the sound was ugly: distortion, rattling, etc. regardless of the used programs.Before the upgrade everything was fine.Rolls back on a preinstalled Windows 10  through backup and installing on a clean HDD - the sound flawlessly.After  upgrade from a previous version of Win 10 to Anniversary and installations on a clean HDD - the result is not satisfactory.The driver sets using HP Support Assistant in both cases.Tried to install the driver earlier versions - but in this case, when connecting headphones does not disable the speakers.The levels in the mixer in the middle position.OS license.The big request to help deal with this problem.Thanks in advance.

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