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Weird spdif noise even when Helix not working?!

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Hi,

 

Love my new Helix and just starting to discover it's richness and sound palets.

Today I discovered something strange. I went spdif out for the first time, just because I wanted to check if this was working for me, or that I had the famous dropouts. Well no dropouts here for the moment, but strange noises coming out of my beauty! Even when the Helix was shut off ?!? Did a quick research of course where this could coming from. Check out....... weird...

 

https://youtu.be/snvEBKZ_o6k

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That's really strange.

 

I wonder if Helix is acting like an antenna? Have you tried moving Helix to a different location, even a little, to see if it changes? Or even if possible to a completely different room.

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That's really strange.

 

I wonder if Helix is acting like an antenna? Have you tried moving Helix to a different location, even a little, to see if it changes? Or even if possible to a completely different room.

 

No I didn't tried that yet. Will try tomorrow as its getting late here in france. But it's true it sounded like a morse kind of noise. Personally I do think that there is something in the Helix (battery for flash memory?!) Thats 'alive' even when powered off ;-) But it's just guessing.

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Anyway, this is not at all a deal breaker for me, as i can easily use the analog outs on the Helix as i did before. I just made the vid, because it's something I can't explain for the moment. I thought about the audio dropout issue that some people have, this might help bring in another piece of the puzzle ;-) putting the same coax cable in my old Boss gt6 (yeh can you imagine.., the pour guy), no noises whatsoever ;-)

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I'm one of those that gets the audio dropout issue nearly every time I use Helix. It's annoying, but ignorable.

 

I also remember trying to hook an HD500X spdif output to Helix's spdif input, and it was unusable because of static noise. Everything functioned the way it should have, except for the noise.

 

If you find out anything more about your situation, please let us all know. There is something odd that goes on with the spdif connections.

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Today, I couldn't reproduce the noise?! Nothing changed in my studio, just used my helix after a night sleep!?

 

So I've to apologize for having alerted maybe too early about an issue that's not always an issue ;-) Didn't wanted to start a paranoia. Definitely nothing to do with some sort of internal battery, sorry.

 

Will keep an ear though next couple of days, if poltergeist is back ;-)

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