Windows 10: Via HD Audio Distorted for Headphones

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  1.    31 Jan 2016 #1

    Via HD Audio Distorted for Headphones


    Hello all!

    I've just upgraded to Windows 10, and despite all the cool and fun stuff I got with the upgrade, I am quite disappointed that I cannot use my headphones on the notebook. The speakers function properly, but my headphones are producing an awkward sound. I will try to describe what I hear, based on the audio coming from "Pull me Under" - Dream Theater - - YouTube :
    - Audio is distorted
    - There is that "low-quality mp3" kind of effect
    - I can hear noise instead of high-frequency sounds (like cymbals, for example)
    - The singer's voice is distant, quieter than expected, and like it was singing from behind a shower, with a lot of echo
    - Seems there is no stereo, or just a very narrow stereo field. I used the windows test beeps from sound devices and Stereo and Bass Test (HD) - YouTube to try that out and both seem to lack a good stereo field. One can barely notice a difference between left and right.

    My notebook has Via HD Audio, and I have tried uninstalling and installing the drivers several times! Also, that tip of turning off enhancements doesn't mean a thing to this issue. It will keep regardless of effects.

    I am still investigating, but this issue seems to happen in every sound source, be it Chrome, Groove, windows' own sounds and my games too. As already stated, the speakers do not produce this issue. Also, I am curious as why I have a separate output for headphone and speakers. I always need to change between them when I unplug/plug my headphones.

    My headphones are a Xiaomi Mi In-ear headphones, a Razer Kraken Pro and Samsung Galaxy S6's original earbuds. They all produce the same result.

    What could I do to solve this?
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  2.    01 Feb 2016 #2

    If you uninstall the VIA sound and uninstall the VIA drivers (in the device manager) then reboot the PC, Windows will install the generic, basic function, High Definition Audio drivers. Try that and see if it works better. If it does, the VIA drivers are the issue.
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  3.    01 Feb 2016 #3

    fireberd said: View Post
    If you uninstall the VIA sound and uninstall the VIA drivers (in the device manager) then reboot the PC, Windows will install the generic, basic function, High Definition Audio drivers. Try that and see if it works better. If it does, the VIA drivers are the issue.
    I think I tried that too, if I'm not mistaken windows installs the driver automatically again. I will try doing that after work today and will get back to you. Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by BlacksmithVRS; 01 Feb 2016 at 12:20.
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  4.    01 Feb 2016 #4

    Make sure you also uninstall the VIA drivers.
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  5.    01 Feb 2016 #5

    Try going to Sound -> speaker properties -> disable any enhancements and dolby

    See if it helps.
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  6.    02 Feb 2016 #6

    fireberd said: View Post
    Make sure you also uninstall the VIA drivers.
    Firebird, I've uninstalled the drivers and restarted the computer. When I got back, they were there again. I tried to disable auto update of drivers from windows 10, and rolled back to hd audio device, the windows standard, and the issue keeps here. I don't know what may be the cause.
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  7.    02 Feb 2016 #7

    theveterans said: View Post
    Try going to Sound -> speaker properties -> disable any enhancements and dolby

    See if it helps.
    Thanks for your tip, but as stated in my first post, I've already tried that to no avail. I tried once again, along with all the other hints I could gather, and it still won't work.
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  8.    02 Feb 2016 #8

    After some thinking, I decided I will format my pc again. This Windows 10 install was actually a straight update from Windows 7. I backed up my stuff and will now install from scratch, and check if this solves my problem.
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  9.    02 Feb 2016 #9

    Not solved.
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  10.    03 Feb 2016 #10

    I'm confused, all other PC's, if there are no hardware sound drivers (e.g. VIA, Realtek, etc) installed, Windows will install the High Definition Audio drivers. Yours, from your reports, always installs the VIA drivers.

    (I have been to Recife many times).
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