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iLoud Micro hiss

Postby drinvincibilis » Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:34 pm

Hi,

Looking around the web probably this is not a new discovery, however there certainly is a noticeable hiss at 0 output level.

Can you confirm that this is absolutely normal for this little interesting monitors?

Measured base levels, speakers turned off:
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Right/left speakers measured at 10-15cm distance:
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I think it would be worth to make a definite statement about the hiss level of these monitors.

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Re: iLoud Micro hiss

Postby Peter_IK » Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:03 pm

This is a user to user forum, so you are not going to get some official statement from IK in response to your post. Sorry about that. But you seem to have an issue with your IK product so you should definitely contact IK Support so they can take a look and get that sorted out for you. It could be many different things, and not necessarily the speakers themselves. They will troubleshoot and let you know how to resolve your issue. Thank you.
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Re: iLoud Micro hiss

Postby drinvincibilis » Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:31 pm

Hi,

Thanks for the prompt feedback. I've opened a ticket to clarify this. Just thought it might be normal to this unit as there are mentions around the web about the Micro hiss.

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Re: iLoud Micro hiss

Postby Peter_IK » Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:38 pm

drinvincibilis wrote:Hi,

Thanks for the prompt feedback. I've opened a ticket to clarify this. Just thought it might be normal to this unit as there are mentions around the web about the Micro hiss.

Thanks

No problem. What I did notice was that there aren't specific noise specs on the iLoud Micro Monitor specs page. If there is a normal level of noise (I haven't noticed a hiss like that on mine, but they're not my main studio monitors so they're in less optimal environment for more scientific analysis!) I haven't heard it. Edit, forgot to "conclude my statement" - meaning, I think noise specs would be useful in my case and probably in many where iLoud Micro Monitors are used in non-pro studio settings, away from home, from room to room, etc.
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Re: iLoud Micro hiss

Postby drinvincibilis » Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:49 pm

Definitely if this is a normal situation caused by the amps and also I guess quite common to monitors it would be nice to put this somewhere haha
On the other hand, being quite new to active monitors, certainly didn't hear such hiss with more pro-units. And at this level and these frequencies I must admit - noticeable at the listening position.

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Re: iLoud Micro hiss

Postby Peter_IK » Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:54 pm

drinvincibilis wrote:Definitely if this is a normal situation caused by the amps and also I guess quite common to monitors it would be nice to put this somewhere haha
On the other hand, being quite new to active monitors, certainly didn't hear such hiss with more pro-units. And at this level and these frequencies I must admit - noticeable at the listening position.

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It does seem abnormal. The thing is with active monitors there's the possibility of interference from outside sources happening based on being hooked up to mains power etc. In my last home studio I definitely needed power conditioners and an ebtech unit to squelch the noise on one of the circuits in the room (luckily there were two separate circuits for each half of the set of outlets in there).
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Re: iLoud Micro hiss

Postby drinvincibilis » Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:40 pm

Yeah I was also considering some interference. I've isolated Micros from other devices attached to the same mains socket but didn't help. I will experiment with moving them around my apt.
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