white noise + beeping with noise cancelling headphones?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Raysmond, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2009
    hey everyone,

    so recently i decided to try out the Beats by Dre studio headphones.. however when I plug them into my PC (just a standard onboard sound card), i hear a lot of excess noise when no sound is being played on my computer.

    I'll hear what sounds like filmstrip going through a projector, some random beeps on either side of the headphones when i move the volume up and down, and a "shhhh" white noise. I only hear it when I turn the headphones on.

    Also, when I plug in my seinnheiser hd555 headphones, i can very faintly hear the beepings when moving the volume up/down, along with the white noise being activated/deactivated when I move the volume to 0 and higher (but I can't hear the white noise when the volume is unadjusted).

    note: Even when I put the volume output to 0 on my computer, i still hear the sounds.

    Could this be the noise-cancelling part of the headphones (if so, it's very annoying), could it be my sound card?

    I tested both headphones on another computer in my house and the white noise hiss sound is still there, but tthe beepings and filmstrip sounds aren't.
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2011
    North Carolina
    I'm going to take a wild guess and tell you to lift the ground on your computer. That will probably take care of the white noise hiss and filmstrip sounds. The other wild guess is you have a mismatch between the headphones and the devices you are plugging into.

    Beeping...? Beeping like a bios beeping or beeping like a steady 60hz pulse beep that is coming down the line from your refrigerator or something?
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2009

    i'm not sure what bios beeps sound like, but they sound like beeps 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 on this page http://www.soundjay.com/beep-sounds-1.html

    They happen randomly, and when i move the volume up/down on the mixer, it would sound kind of like r2d2. I'll also hear a kind of white noise bwoosh sound and beeps when I click things when no sound is being produced

    I'm beginning to think it's my onboard sound card... I am trying other noise cancelling headphones that are very good and I am hearing the beeping, but no white noise/filmstrip (guess beats by dre are bad haha)
  4. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    The Beepings

    Sound like the sounds you get with Windows sound enabled. Every time you move the volume slider you get a beep.

    Similar with the iMac, a noise is played (unless you disable it) The white noise sounds like your sound card, or possibly an impedance issue.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2009
    I know you hear a beep everytime you move the volume slider then UNCLICK, and it makes a lout "BING" to test the volume for u. But this, as i'm holding down the slider, while moving just up and down, sounds like r2d2 speaking to me, i know for a fact that shouldn't happen because the volume of it doesn't change and the beeps are very irregular and different pitched, along with them continuing even when i'm not controlling the volume just sitting idle.

    pretty sure it's onboard sound of my mobo.

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