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What's causing your Speakers to Crackle?

What's causing your speakers to crackle?

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as having your music or movies interrupted by sounds that aren’t part of the soundtrack. Quite often, this comes in the form of a crackling sound from one of your speakers. If you’ve ever had a similar issue, you know how annoying it can be. You want it fixed immediately, but first must understand why it happened.

Speaker crackling is almost always caused by a connection problem. Someplace between your amplifier and your speaker driver, there’s a bad wire which is causing the driver to move abruptly, causing interference. The challenge- the bad connection could be in a number of different places, some easier to address than others.

The first thing to do is check the wire connections between the amplifier and the terminals on the speaker itself. If the wire has a tendency to get moved around, perhaps by a cat or dog, it’s a possibility something has come loose. Even if there’s no real reason for the connections to change, check them anyway. You’ll feel really silly jumping ahead only to discover the issue was an easy fix.

If there’s no obvious problem with the connections, then check connections inside the speaker. It’s possible a solder broke down over the period of usage and may now be in need of repair. You may feel more comfortable having a professional examine the issue; depending on your skill set, it may be something you’re able to fix. Odds are, the bad connection will be obvious once spotted, and hopefully it’s as simple as reconnecting a loose cable.

Either way, once fixed, the crackling sound should be gone and you can go back to enjoying your speakers.

Have you had a similar issue? If the answer is yes, how did you fix it?


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