Audio Switch Selector Box - Hum


#1

I have an RCA audio switch box that I’m trying to use to switch input from a TV and computer. The input from these two devices go to an amplifier that drives my two speakers. When I run either the TV or the computer through the switch box everything is fine. When I hook both devices to the switch box I get a hum through the speakers. I read about group loop hum on this forum but really not sure if that’s what I’m dealing with. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what may be going on?

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#2

The ground loop could be coming from either device, but the TV (if it is cable or satellite) is the most likely culprit. Those systems have a ground reference outside of the house so it will cause problems. I’m lucky in that my cable box has a TOSLINK digital out so it is completely isolated. I would search the site for help in diagnosing the source of the hum, PS audio used to have a lot of information on that in the past, but quite honestly I have no idea where it is or if it is even still there. Good luck!