Here is the problemListen closely to 4-8 seconds.
I am geting this clacking sound through my headphones.
It sounds similar to clipping or vinyl popping.
I set a microphone between my headphones, played some audiophile grade shit, and hit record.
You are hearing a microhpone inside my headphones.
Song is a Flac file (NOT A VINYL RIP) although this problem sounds as if it is dust on a record.
I get this clacking sound everywhere, all types of recorded music, different dacs and headphones Tidal, Spotify, foobar.
I have tried re installing drivers for the dacs and my motherboard.
Tried different USB cables.
iFi Zen Dac
58x & He4xx
elira has a great idea i did not think about =) did you disable windows audio and bypass it? i know you said you tried all your gear…but did you isolate each piece independently? could be your interconnects picking up RF interference if they are not properly shielded. could also just be your motherboard is noisy and the usb line is picking it up. do you have a source that is not your pc?
if all of the above fails…could be your power is noisy. in which case a power conditioner should fix it.
but it seems like to me, its coming from your pc somewhere. i would highly suggest trying a different source as your first step if you can. smartphone, tv, old record player, radio…anything you can hook any of your components to that you have not listed already.
I rarely trust site’s and specially app’s like that, even if M0N says it’s ok.
I kinda have to test them myself and see what it does and how it works, what files it uses, inside <> out and does it communicate somewhere. Maybe then.
Since things works like they should, rarely need something i can’t handle.
Makes sense, I make sure to poke around almost every program I run before using it somewhere personal or important, just something of habit with the type of work and protocol I have to follow lol. Something everyone should learn to do at least at a basic level
@elira tried this with the ifi drivers and topping, no avail.
@joshua_g how to disable windows audio? I was running foobar via ASIO and WASAPI push. my pc is plugged into a surge protector, but a bunch of other things are too. 2 monitors, old vintage receiver, and phone charger