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Hi, the Waves MaxAudio Service Application is using over a GB of memory and is constantly using 5 to 10% CPU and High to Very High power usage.  My fan is running all the time now.  If I reboot the machine it'll be OK for a while, but if I plug headphones in and watch YT videos for a bit it jumps right back up to ridiculous levels.  I have tried uninstalling/reinstalling it to no avail.  If I kill the process I can no longer use headphones... is there any fox for this, or is there an alternative driver I can use so my headphones work without having Waves MaxAudio Service Application running?

This is on a DPM 7760 Win 10 Pro

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I have had non-stop trouble with the audio driver in my Precision 7560, with headphones in particular.  To get around this I am just now connecting my headphones via USB, which bypasses the Realtek/Waves audio system.  (I also disable "audio enhancements" for the USB-connected headphones, you can set that in the Sound Control Panel.)  If your headphones do not support USB connection, you can use a simple external DAC like the Apple USB-C/3.5mm adapter.

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Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch, 2023 (personal)

  • M2 Max
    • 4 efficiency cores
    • 8 performance cores
    • 38-core Apple GPU
  • 96GB LPDDR5-6400
  • 8TB SSD
  • macOS 14 "Sonoma"
  • 16.2" 3456×2234 120 Hz mini-LED VRR display
  • Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.3
  • 99.6Wh battery
  • 1080p webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

Also — iPhone 12 Pro 512GB, Apple Watch Series 8


Dell Precision 7560 (work)

  • Intel Xeon W-11955M ("Tiger Lake")
    • 8×2.6 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading ("Willow Cove")
  • 64GB DDR4-3200 ECC
  • NVIDIA RTX A2000 4GB
  • Storage:
    • 512GB system drive (Micron 2300)
    • 4TB additional storage (Sabrent Rocket Q4)
  • Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021
  • 15.6" 3940×2160 IPS display
  • Intel Wi-Fi AX210 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.3)
  • 95Wh battery
  • 720p IR webcam
  • Fingerprint reader



  • Dell Precision 7770, 7530, 7510, M4800, M6700
  • Dell Latitude E6520
  • Dell Inspiron 1720, 5150
  • Dell Latitude CPi
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