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What causes speaker boom and how can I prevent it?

#1temgunPosted 10/10/2013 8:49:49 AM
I recently moved into a new apartment and I placed my PC to the same spot as in the previous one, which is in the cornet. Facing the wall and with a wall left of me. Now unlike in my previous apartment, my speakers started making a huge booming noise. It's kinda irritating and it's there even if the volume is quite low. The speakers are old Logitech something that were extremely cheap. What causes the booming and is there anything I can do to prevent it?
#2NicodimusPosted 10/10/2013 9:04:54 AM
Adjust the EQ? (aka turn the bass down.)
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#3temgun(Topic Creator)Posted 10/10/2013 9:10:15 AM
Can't really do that. I have an onboard soundcard and the speakers (2.1 set) are connected with a single wire, so no EQ options. Turning off bass completely does nothing.
#4machetemanPosted 10/10/2013 9:23:38 AM
What the heck is speaker boom?
#5NicodimusPosted 10/10/2013 9:27:54 AM(edited)
Here's my solution:

Buy this: http://www.amazon.com/Xonar-DGX-PCI-E-GX2-5-Engine/dp/B007TMZ1BK/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Install the card, but not the ASUS drivers. There are better drivers out there for it, found here:

http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/

That driver includes software (C-media panel) that will allow you to adjust the EQ, as seen here:

http://i.imgur.com/XPrKUc5.jpg

Adjust the sound as you like until the boom goes away. You can try presets, or manually adjust each frequency slider.
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#6temgun(Topic Creator)Posted 10/10/2013 9:44:37 AM
macheteman posted...
What the heck is speaker boom?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-XDu27lgkg

Yeah, I prefer a "clean" sound.

Oh well, I guess it's time to finally get a sound card.
#7KillerTrufflePosted 10/10/2013 10:12:18 AM
As for what is causing the "booming" bass sound, that is actually common with subwoofers placed in a corner. The bass sound is amplified and projected into the room. Things that can affect it and make it even stronger include floor material (hardwood will amplify more than carpet, for instance) and even the length of walls and such. Anything that vibrates at a harmonic to the source frequency will vibrate and add to the sound, making it that much louder.

But yeah... if all you have is Realtek onboard sound, it seems that in newer versions it's becoming harder to find those adjustments.

Before you buy a new soundcard tho, you can see if you have any options in the Realtek HD Audio Manager (type it on the Start menu to search for it). There *may* be additional sound control settings in there that are not included on the Windows volume mixer. There aren't for mine tho, so yours may not have anything useful.
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