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    How to eliminate 'hum' or noise from laptops connected to speakers or PA equipment.

    Great video here on how to break 'ground loops' which is what causes noise/hum on amplified speakers or PA equipment connected to a Laptop PC.

    Curing Laptop Noise and Ground Loop Audio Interference - YouTube

    This is something which has plagued me for years, I always knew it was a ground loop causing it, but I never knew the cure was as simple as changing the type of powersupply you're using on the laptop, obvious when you've watched the video.

    Mike.
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    I spotted that a while ago, more by accident than research. We have several identical laptops we use for presentations, consistently one was quiet, and then I realised it had a two pin mains lead. That said I am very tempted by the Hd400 to silence the buzz from visiting speakers laptops, where we can't change the PSU.

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    Or you could just buy a ground loop isolator from amazon.
    They are about 6 quid. We bought one and works a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343 View Post
    Or you could just buy a ground loop isolator from amazon.
    They are about 6 quid. We bought one and works a treat.
    I've never had much luck with the cheap ones they've always improved it, but never illiminated it. If you've found one which works, any chance of a link?

    I had a decent one we used in the hall on the large PA setup, but that was about £30 and needed a battery to work, it did a great job thou.
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    We use the ones that look like an oversized cotton reel with a short length of cable and male/female phono connections. We supply them with installations and use them on our hire fleet. They work a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeatactive View Post
    We use the ones that look like an oversized cotton reel with a short length of cable and male/female phono connections. We supply them with installations and use them on our hire fleet. They work a treat.
    Exactly the things we use, but I'd give them 8/10 rather than 10/10.

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    Well if they don't fit the bill you really need to go for a full DI box with a ground lifting function. They are not too expensive, but the connections tend to be XLR or 1/4" jack, which brings its own set of problems when you're using phono cables! It also pays, especially if you've got longer cable runs, (ie, anything over a couple of meters) to use a good quality phono cable.

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    We've known about the double insulated power supply fix for some time now, unfortunately, they are becoming more difficult to come by. It also cures the wavy line effect that we get on some projectors using earthed power supplies.

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    Nother Video to eliminate the noise

    Quote Originally Posted by maniac View Post
    Great video here on how to break 'ground loops' which is what causes noise/hum on amplified speakers or PA equipment connected to a Laptop PC.

    Curing Laptop Noise and Ground Loop Audio Interference - YouTube

    This is something which has plagued me for years, I always knew it was a ground loop causing it, but I never knew the cure was as simple as changing the type of powersupply you're using on the laptop, obvious when you've watched the video.

    Mike.

    Nice video. Here another one.

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