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Tried your 1520's headphone jack?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by EnderSaves, Jul 13, 2007.

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Does your 1520's headphone jack transmit hard drive/internal laptop distortion/feedback?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. EnderSaves

    EnderSaves Notebook Enthusiast

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    Have you tried your 1520's headphone jack? Mine seems to be transmitting a lot of hard drive/internal electronic noises when I'm not playing music. I'm curious if its just mine or are other people picking up on this. (It's not the drivers, I've updated them, this is a hardware thing.)
     
  2. Mat Dope

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    is it noticable when music or anything is playing?
     
  3. toned42

    toned42 Notebook Guru

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    did you get the Sound Blaster Audigy HD Software Edition?
     
  4. dustice

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    It's dependent upon the headphones for me. When I use the Creative headphones dell gave me, it's a nightmare - constant beeping and static. But when I used my Steelsound headset I could barely notice it.

    Perhaps it's something to do with magnetic interference/shielding?

    I didn't get the software edition, btw.
     
  5. EnderSaves

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    I have the Sound Blaster Audigy HD Software Edition, so I guess it's not an issue of a broken card or one version of sound option over the other.

    It seems to be more of a consistent issue of poor design rather than one fault issue. It will be interesting to see if we get more responses in the poll and what that might imply.

    Yeah, I definitely notice it more in the included Creative earbuds; I think its because those earbuds are so tiny and focused on treble and high pitched sounds that it is more annoying in them. I tried with two other very different headphones and I still hear it but less so. I imagine the only way to eliminate it would be wireless bluetooth headphones like on the accessories page.

    I mainly hear it when I'm not playing any music or sounds.
     
  6. phobos512

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    Ok well I don't have 1520, I've got the 1420, but this drove me to try my headphone ports out also since I'm planning to use this when I go on trips and what not.

    I have a pair of Shure E2Cs and I use the size small foam plugs if you're familiar with them. I have the standard HD audio, not the Creative Soundblaster HD software audio.

    I do not hear anything from the computer, like noise from the hard drive or DVD drive - I am listening to iTunes right now as my computer is installing WoW from CDs.

    I have an occasional skip but that is no different than my desktop since I installed Vista. They definitely have work to do with the audio stack in Vista still.

    With the volume muted there is a very slight but noticeable hiss when I go from headphones unplugged to headphones plugged in. But nothing at all bothersome.
     
  7. dicecca112

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    no noise or distortion here, I have the normal base audio as well
     
  8. dustice

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    dicecca112, can you post your specs? I want to see whats different before reporting this to Dell.
     
  9. bizekiel

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    hmm kinda worried about this right now...I intended on listening to a lot of music through those headphones =/
     
  10. dustice

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    Just talked to a Dell Representative and described the problem - he told me its probably a motherboard issue and wanted to send a tech over to replace the motherboard... I'm going to get a second opinion first though - he didn't seem very confident and couldn't even tell me why he thought the motherboard was the problem.

    However, this may explain why some people don't have the issue, perhaps Dell caught the problem with the mobos and fixed those which haven't yet left assembly?
     
  11. schleeb

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    It's far more likely that the cheapo earbuds aren't shielded well... and are picking stray RF that the computer is generating.
     
  12. dustice

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    My nice headset still has some pretty bad static though... just not completely terrible like the Creative Earbuds.
     
  13. schleeb

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    Those little wires to the earbuds are basically antennae...
     
  14. larson

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    The Creative Ear Buds suck so much. When I had those plugged in to just see how good they were (because I mean they looked really good), I got a lot of static noise, which is no good. But it totally depends on the quality of your headphones. I have PC 151's from Sennheiser, and the only time I will hear the static, is if I have it turned up all the way on my headset, which is easily avoidable.
     
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    Mine's crystal clear with Senhheiser mx75 earbuds. I tried to stress the hd loading multiple programs at once, 3d app switching etc, but the track I was listening to was perfect.
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    My system volume is around 20 which is very loud in these earbuds. Try riding your itunes/media player volume on max, but keep the system volume as low as possible to eliminate hissing.
     
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    does anyone else think its kind of awkward to be hooking up your speakers to your laptop in the front? it's kind of in the way. where as ion the inspiron 9300, the headphone jack is on the side...
     
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    Hey Natarajv,

    Although I was a Vostro buyer instead of the Inspiron brand, the headphone jack on the front was the exact reason I strayed away from the new 14" laptop by dells. Otherwise I thought they were great until I realized I like having my external speakers plugged into my laptop. I guess they thought the 1420 was for people who carried their laptops around often and thus used headphones (in which case it wouldn't matter).
     
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    Hello guys!

    I had to register since this is the first time I have seen somebody with the same issue i am having with my 1520!!!

    This is my setup:

    7300 intel

    8600 gt GPU

    2 GB ram

    the Creative software edition audio (for some reason i thought it was an upgraded sound card...but i didn't do my research so i blew 25 dollars on that cheap crap)


    Anyway... I have the same noise issue.. it is REALLY INCREASING when I plug in my AC power cord... It also increases with use of my Keyboard, mouse pad, and any hard drive usage...

    I am getting a new one from dell tomorrow... it's a replacement...but i don't know if it's going to fix my issue?

    I am using Sony mdr-v700 headphones and have tried other headphones... no luck in elimating the noise...

    Could the CREATIVE SOFTWARE BE THE ISSUE?!!?


    P.S. Muting the line-in or muting all the sound all together still DOES NOT SOLVE THE NOISE ISSUE! Therefore, I don't think it has anything to do with the headphones you use..cheap or expensive.....

    So is this just a bad product? why hasnt everybody experienced this issue?

    dell says its just a bad laptop and sent me a new one...but I have doubts it will be fixed?

    HELP!!!
     
  20. Duke2007

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    i am really anxious to hear people's experiences! all 1520 owners come forward! we need your input!! :eek:
     

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