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ITunes audio destorted

By supz ·
I have tried everything possible to fix my ITunes audio. My ITunes audio will crack and almost echos when you play the music. I have reinstalled the program. I have also contacted Dell and have reinstalled the Audio Drivers, repair Microsof XP, and run a diagnosis on the computer. If you could provide me with any help, that would be great.

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by mrafrohead In reply to ITunes audio destorted

what bitrate are you using when you encode or what bitrate are teh songs that you download?

does any of your other audio do that?

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You say Dell

by Oz_Media In reply to ITunes audio destorted

THis means you PROBABLY have AC97 chipset audio onboard. One major issue that has never been fixed with AC97 is it's inability to playack at (I think it's 48Mhz) sample rate, including wrong speed playback, way too fast, saturated (like the EQ is cracked up etc.) I suggest that if you have onboard sound chips and do a lot of Music copying, ripping, downloading and sharing, BUY A DECENT AUDIO CARD!!!

I heard that SOME issues were corrected with the latest drivers but many still have problems.

You can get a good PCI card for less than $100.00 or if you want to go all out, check out some of the external audio cards from Soudblaster for example, they have full 7.1 surround, USB's for your gaming devices, quick MP3 player connection etc.

onboard sound is designed for general PC use, not audio creation, recording and playback, gaming etc.

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No creative...

by mrafrohead In reply to You say Dell

I concur with Oz about his post, except for the recommendation of the SoundBlaster...

I'd stay away from Creative products like a chick with Aids...

BUT - Turtle Beach makes a very nice sound card for under a hundred bucks that from what I have read about it, is phenomenal...

My reasoning for the Creative products, is because EVERY piece of equipment I have purchased from them has crapped out in an unreasonable amount of time. EVERY piece!!!

As for the AC97 - I actually have that in one of my computers right now, and I'll tell ya, it's the crappiest *** sound card I've heard as of yet. It really does suck. But I'm more worried about speed in the box than sound... ;p It works, just not well, and they barely ever update their drivers...


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by Oz_Media In reply to No creative...

I was referring specifically to their external sound card/box, there is another that I can't put a name on right now that is really good for audio and gaming, has four USB ports on the front, volume control, etc. Like a mini stereo, I don't care for their PCI cards though.

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by mrafrohead In reply to Creative

I think that's what you're talking about. The main flaw, in my eyes, is it's made by Creative...

All I know is the next card I order will be from Turtle Beach...

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Nah that's not it

by Oz_Media In reply to audigy?

It was some form of soundblaster external box, it's REALLY awesome though, it works just like a normal stereo, with a full set of RCA ins too.

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Tweak Quick Time

by Blackcurrant In reply to ITunes audio destorted


I have seen this issue several times on the iTunes forums. If you do not wish to purchase a new audio card then you can try changing the Quick Time settings. Bring up the Quick Time prefernces display and select Sound Out from the drop-down menu. Next change the selection from DirectSound to WaveOut.

I have a similar problem, and have found that the sound quality deteriorates quite a lot when the visualiser is working. Turning it off reduces 'stutter'.

Hope this helps

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That's also a common fix with WMP

by Oz_Media In reply to Tweak Quick Time

That's a common Windows Media PLayer issue too.

I think in this case, it's due to the AC97 sample rate being fixed and unable to convert MP3's to the lower sampling rate. A common issue with the chipset that they have never respolved nor intend to based on thier site.

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