I built this PC a little over a year ago, but it's only over the last 3-4 months that I really started noticing this issue. I'll be listening to music via iTunes, and suddenly I get a lot of crackling/popping sounds. It doesn't completely overpower the music, but it can get quite distracting, especially during quieter songs. This also happens if I'm listening to music via youtube. The common thing here seems to be that I have a web browser open when the crackling starts happening, and it seems like looking at a site like Twitter or Facebook increases the likelihood of it happening, but I can't make it happen consistently. Initially I thought it was the new Logitech speakers I bought in August, but then I plugged in some earbuds directly into my PC and had the same thing happen.
Similarly, and possibly related, I've noticed while watching videos in my browser that the video will start to lag behind the sound if I switch tabs. The longer it's not the active window, the greater the lag becomes. I've seen this happen in both Google Chrome and Firefox. I've even watched it happen to a video in Firefox while I used Chrome.
Here are my PC specs:
Motherboard: ASUS Z170-A
Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K
Video card: GeForce GTX 1060
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB)
OS: Windows 10
Has anyone else experienced this and, do you know of a possible fix?
I've definitely found reports about the video lag while searching the internet, but none of the solutions worked for me.