Hey guys, wondering if anyone can provide guidance on this weird issue...
So I was playing Operation Arrowhead and went to change the volume on the in-game music, since it was ridiculously loud. After doing that, the music cut completely (even though I only reduced it by half). I fiddled with a few settings including the number of voices (from the default 32 to 64), but nothing worked to bring it back. It's then that I noticed that the "centre channel" in OA simply wasn't putting out sound... or when it was, it was incredibly quiet. I should mention that I'm using headphones (Sennheiser HD 215) and a Xonar DX. I then noticed that it was doing this in Windows 7 as well; there was no differentiation between the left and right channels at all, everything just sort of mixed together, but clearly anything that should be between both left and right wasn't playing. I tried using onboard sound, fiddling with drivers, blah blah blah, and nothing changed.
Finally I tried the headphones on my iPhone, which I know has no audio out issues... and the exact same problem occurred, so obviously it's the 'phones. I've tried jiggling the cable to see if there's a bad connection but there's no improvement. Plugging in another set of headphones works. Thus, my questions are as follows:
1 - What the hell happened?! The problem occurred while I was playing OA, right after I changed the music volume. I wasn't doing anything else at the time and I'm not aware of any other defects which might have damaged the headphones.
2 - Can I fix it? Any ideas where I might start looking for the problem?
Other system specs: i5 2500k, 6GB RAM, Win7 x64. Not sure what other information I can prove which would be helpful.