I’ve been using an Oculus Rift on my PC for almost 18 months without any audio problems, but as of about 5-6 weeks ago, the audio through my rift headphones (both left and right) has a crackling sound, which is becoming very annoying and a little disorientating when using the headset. I’ve read other forum posts of similar issues and have tried various advice from other people, but cannot seem to resolve the issue.
The crackling sound only happens through the rift headphones, my attached PC speakers or other headphones are OK. The crackling sound does not appear to be related to specific games or applications, because it also happens if I play a test sound in the Windows Sound > Playback > Rift Audio Headphones applet. The crackling can sometimes be really bad, and other times not so bad. There are some occasions where the crackling doesn’t happen at all and the sound plays fine, although this doesn’t happen very often; the majority of the time there is a crackling sound on the audio.
For the first 18 months before the problem started, the Rift USB cable was connected directly to one of the rear motherboard USB3 sockets (no extension cables). I haven’t changed the hardware in my PC prior to this problem starting.
I’ve tried the following advice I’ve seen on other posts, but none of these have solved the problem: