I now have a new PC at work - a Lenovo with Windows XP, so I've had to set it up with the various audio programs I use. CDs played on it were sounding fine, but yesterday I had a sudden system crash (I inserted a flash drive which I guess caused it) and now the CD sound has a lot of echo as if the sound were coming from a distant room.
My previous PC had a Windows Master Volume control that had a "Stereo Wide" option that basically produced this kind of sound. This new one doesn't seem to have that option, so if that is the problem, I don't know how to turn it off.
I've done numerous web searches (and I searched here too) for a solution to this problem but have come up with nothing. If anyone has any ideas on how to cure this, I'd appreciate hearing them.