Watching the hour glass spin on my computer, I wondered–do web clips that have the sound turned off nevertheless slow down the PC?
Does sound generation consume CPU cycles despite the sound off indicator?
The answer appears to be Yes.
Analogy to Philosophy
When a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
The analogy to the computer case lends support to the answer–yes, the tree makes a sound.