Poor sound quality on iTunes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RichYan33, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. RichYan33 macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA
    I have an iMac running 10.6.6. When I listen to music through iTunes the sound has a lot of static to it. The problem seems to be getting worse and worse. I hear it both through downloaded songs and when playing CDs but I don't have any problems with the sound while playing video (either on iTunes or with the DVD player). The problem seems to be limited to music files only. In fact I just watched a DVD of The Who and if anything the audio was too loud.

    The speakers are external with a woofer.

    Someone told me to zap the PRAM which I did. It may have helped a little.
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    I doubt it's iTunes. Probably user error.

    Turn ALL volume down.

    0. Set iTunes to max volume, turn off equalizer.
    1. Turn computer volume all the way up.
    2. Turn on speaker volume gradually to a normal volume.

    Try changing computer volume to see if that will help.
  3. Laurencia7 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2009
    How are these speakers connected to the Mac?
    Thru 3.5 jack, or wirelessly?

    Sometimes interference can happen, but most likely the diff modes of volume are set in different stages.

    Try doing this "system pref>sound>output" then select the device to output your audio with itunes, first try "internal speakers" if static it's something in the software, then try any other speakers connected. Try turning down the output level and see if it changes.

    Or write itunes, if all else fails and ask, they might say reload it. Or send you an update for your machine.

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