Hey I am about to buy a G5 2gig
and heard from someone at the East West
form that there may be some problems with
noise leaking into audio, something about
a ground loop problem.
Can anyone who owns a G5 2. comment on
how things are working and let me know
if it is safe to buy!
i had the same problem too. i bought a ground loop plug from radio shack for $3 and it solved the proble. it has 3 holes on one end and 2 plugs on the other end. you just plug the g5 power cable into the unit and then the unit into your ac wall socket.
A company called Ebtech makes ground loop isolators that work very well, too. I've got one plugged into the breakout box of my Aardvark PCI interface, and it totally silenced the "noise". It's more expensive than the Radio Shack stuff, but if you need to patch something inline with you audio it's totally transparent.
I think Apple has a support document on the whole issue...do a search on their support page for "ground loop".
One more thing...the solution usbyte suggested sounds more like a ground "lifter", not a ground loop eliminator. You don't want to just cut out the ground line on a beast like the G5...it's unsafe for you and the computer.