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Improving speaker sound quality
soldat
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December 23, 2008 - 12:55 pm

I have 2 small Cambridge Soundworks speakers connected to my PC. The speakers are working fine as far as producing sound for any task they are called on to do. The problem is the quality or tone of the sound is pathetic at best. Any voice played is not understandable and carries a high pitched tin sound. You know something is being said but you cannot understand what it is.
I have gone into my speaker controls icon in hopes of trying to find a setting which would allow me to make changes but apparently haven't found the right area to check yet. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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December 24, 2008 - 6:43 pm

are you using onboard audio from your motherboard, or do you have a separate sound card? It's very possible the soundcard (on board or not) is not able to produce good enough signal for your speakers to output.

Ironically, if you had a pair of cheap 20$ speakers, you wouldn't notice the problem because they ignore the bad frequencies put out by your sound card (they're not capable of emulating them anyway).

The good quality speakers you have can emulate every sound that is put to them.

One thing you can try is to lower the volume out on your computer, and use the speaker volume control to blast it. Your computer may be pushing too much signal to the speakers.

Sound problems aren't my forte' however, so it's possible someone else here will have a better solution for you.

--zig

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January 1, 2009 - 1:48 pm

I will try that. There are some variations I can make there and test to see if it can make any difference. Will let you know. Many thanks.

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February 11, 2009 - 11:36 pm

Zig,
Went back and took out the aux speakers I had hooked up. Am now using the factory installed speakers that came as part of my 17" monitor. Quality has improved some but for those of us who are hard of hearing anyway, I guess it doesn't really make much difference. Thanks.

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February 17, 2009 - 8:50 am

It definitely sounds like a sound card issue then. For those of us not so picky on audio quality, any noise will do though.

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February 24, 2009 - 12:53 am

Good thought on checking sound card. Will give that a shot. Thanks.

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