Can confirm this works in Windows 8.1 on VMare Workstation 11
That was the trick, now the sound is perfect
Thanks a bunch, I had tried changing other settings in my guest and in my VMware settings but nothing seemed to fix the intermittent scratchy audio. Changing sound.virtualDev = "hdaudio." to #sound.virtualDev = "hdaudio." within the vmx file was the solution though.
Thank you! works in WS12 also --- host is debian jessie running a Win 8.1 work station