Audio hum and crackling only when 2 sources are connected.
  • Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
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    matt3
    Posts: 665 from 2004/2/10
    I have been fighting with my PowerMac and Laptop for a long while with audio crackling and hum that gets worse when you move the mouse.

    I have tried different speakers with the same results.

    My speakers have both 3.5mm and RCA inputs.

    The noises only happen when both computers are connected. If either one is by themselves, there is no noises. If I swap inputs between the laptop and PowerMac, the results are the same.

    Everything is plugged into my UPS.

    Here is what I tried so far to fix the problem.:
    1. Turned off all sounds in windows.
    2. Attached ferrite beads to the audio and video cables.
    3. Bought higher quality cables and balanced ones where I could.

    Everything has made no difference.

    Any ideas?
  • »30.09.23 - 21:32
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    Kronos
    Posts: 2243 from 2003/2/24
    Clearly a ground loop, which is no surprise as it seems that the speakers have 2 types of connectors both wired to the same input.

    -> buy a (HW) mixer

    [ Edited by Kronos 01.10.2023 - 11:08 ]
  • »01.10.23 - 10:07
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  • Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
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    matt3
    Posts: 665 from 2004/2/10
    Quote:

    Kronos wrote:
    Clearly a ground loop, which is no surprise as it seems that the speakers have 2 types of connectors both wired to the same input.

    -> buy a (HW) mixer


    Thanks Kronos for sharing your wisdom!

    I will look into a device to correct it.
  • »03.10.23 - 15:13
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  • Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
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    matt3
    Posts: 665 from 2004/2/10
    Hi Kronos,

    Thanks again, it worked!

    Quote:

    matt3 wrote:
    Quote:

    Kronos wrote:
    Clearly a ground loop, which is no surprise as it seems that the speakers have 2 types of connectors both wired to the same input.

    -> buy a (HW) mixer


    Thanks Kronos for sharing your wisdom!

    I will look into a device to correct it.
  • »07.10.23 - 21:00
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