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Rafterman

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#1 13 years ago

So I thought I'd throw myself upon the forum altar and seek the sage advice of my fellow gamers.

I typically use headphones when I play FH. I do this for a couple of reasons -- 1)keeps the fiance happy and 2) I feel I get better sound quality and can judge direction much easier-critical when playing AA, which I like to do a lot.

So here's the problem -- when I'm using the headphones I pick up a local radio station through them. Mind you, if I unplug them, I can't hear it through the speakers. It's as if the headphone wire was acting as an antenna and bringing in the station.

While this can be somewhat cool as it's kind of like my own personal soundtrack while playing, it gets so loud at times I can't hear the game. The volume of the interferance cannot be adjusted, it's constant.

I notice it mostly at night and in the winter time. Last night it was so loud I could hear the music with the headphones lying on my computer desk.

Anyone else encountered this? Did you know of anything that might help stop this from happening?

Thanks.




Lateralus

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#2 13 years ago

It isn't all that uncommon. What brand are your speakers and how do you have them set up? What brand and type are your headphones?

It happens more frequently at night because radio waves, especially AM, travel better through night air which usually has lower humidity and fewer clouds. Winter weather is usually lower humidity as well.

I don't really know what to tell you, though. Make yourself a tinfoil hat to wear while playing, maybe? :smokin:

Maybe ask on the Straight Dope Message Boards, in the General Questions forum. Its pay-to-post, but you can make a free Guest account for thirty days. Those people there know everything. You'll almost certainly find some help there.




MR.X`

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#3 13 years ago

I must say, that sounds pretty cool.

Offhand, get new headphones.




Lateralus

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#4 13 years ago

'[11PzG USMA2010']I must say, that sounds pretty cool.

Offhand, get new headphones.

No reason to spend money on new stuff until you determine the problem. I would definitely recommend posting on the SDMB to get a better idea of what's going on. Unless, that is, you were planning on getting new ones anyway. Even if you do, you may end up having the same problem with your new headphones, which wouldn't really help you any.

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/




Rafterman

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#5 13 years ago

Thanks for the input.

My setup is rather un-fancy. I've got about a $50 set of Logitech speakers with subwoofer -- speakers set up on either side of my pc, woofer to the side. The headphones are about a $20 pair of standard Sony ones.

I'll try the other board and see what they say.




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#6 13 years ago

RaftermanThanks for the input.

My setup is rather un-fancy. I've got about a $50 set of Logitech speakers with subwoofer -- speakers set up on either side of my pc, woofer to the side. The headphones are about a $20 pair of standard Sony ones.

I'll try the other board and see what they say.

When you post the thread, link to it here if you don't mind. I'd be interested in seeing the responses you get.