08-10-2015 07:00 AM
09-05-2016 01:32 AM
I have experienced a similar problem.
It occurs at the start of an audio clip (never while it is already playing), almost exclusively through Chrome (although I rarely play music contained on the HD through Music Player so I can't rule it out). IMO, the sound card might be encountering difficulties switching between input sources (for ex. if I switch between tabs or go from one application to another).
Symptoms: the volume stays low and the sound is somwhat distorted: the low and mid-range sounds are virtually muted out.
This last anywhere between 5 seconds and a minute, and then the sound magically becomes clear again
In instances where the sound doesn't begin playing normally again, restarting the laptop works.
The drivers have been re-installed.