This problem is very specific and requires a lot of details. Bear with me, please?
When I go to play a DVD movie on Windows Media Center or Windows Media Player, I get this AWFUL staticky noise coming from my speakers. I should mention that this ONLY occurs when I am running digital audio output (s/pdif), and only under those two programs. This does not occur when simply using an analog audio cable, I should add. I have tried updating all the applicable drivers, and still no progress...
I am using:
Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
Windows Media Center/Windows Media Player
Gigabyte Motherboard GA-EP45-DS3R
Realtek HD Audio (Azalia)
I have done some searching and found that Realtek audio chipsets have had a lot of problems, particularly with Windows Media applications. This is regardless of motherboard manufacturer. Anybody else had this problem and been fortunate enough to have a solution that could possibly be duplicable for my situation?
Oldies but goodies, sort of. I've got a pair of Boston Acoustics BA790's and a pair of BA735's that I run simultaneously. It's a bit of an annoyance having to turn two volume dials, but I can kinda use them as a "fade" control of sorts, and even though it's just the left and right channels doubled up, it's a nice full sound. I can't run it as quad-channel because I'm running both sets off a single cable with a Y-adapter. It's the only way I can run both sets at the same time.