How to Fix Speakers That Make a Popping / Crackling Sound?


Hearing popping or crackling sounds from your speakers can be extremely scary and annoying, especially if the volume is high – the jump scares are more real than those caused by the best horror movies!

However, the sad reality is that popping or crackling sounds can become a reality and you have to fix them as soon as possible, or else you risk going crazy.

So if you’re having similar problems, read on to find out how to fix speakers that make popping or crackling sounds – it’s easier that you think it is!

Most likely, the problems are caused by your subwoofer. I know that this might sound strange, but in my case it was the subwoofer that started to act strange and cause the popping sounds in my speakers. You have two options here:

  1. your speakers are too close to the subwoofer. If this is the case, simply moving them at least a feet away will fix the problems.
  2. your subwoofer is too close to your WiFi router, in which case you should move it away at least one foot. Easy peasy!

It took me ages to realize that the popping sounds were synchronized with the lights on my hub, but I did it eventually and this fixed my problem. Who would’ve guessed? I sure never thought it possible, but there it was, driving me crazy.

So if you have crackling / popping sounds coming from your speakers without an apparent reason, try the fixes recommended above first.

But if they don’t fix your speakers’ annoying sounds, the cause might be different. Here are other things you might want to try doing in order to fix it:

– If you only get the sounds in one of your speakers, change the speakers between them and see if the problem persists: will you hear the popping sounds on the same speaker or on the same channel?

In other words, if your right speaker was causing problems and after switching the speakers the popping still come from the speaker that’s now on the right, it’s the channel that has a problem.

IF it’s the channel, most likely you can’t do a lot since it’s a problem with the amp circuitry. What you can do is to try and clean the potentiometer (volume controls, bass control etc) with sprays made specifically for this.

Also, try to rotate them up and down with your speakers on but no sound playing and see if you get the noise as well. If this doesn’t seem to be the problem, send the speakers or system to a specialist for repairs. Unfortunately, there’s not much else you can do here.

– Sometimes, simply switching the speakers between them, left with right, solves the problem. It’s worth trying at least since it will probably only take a second.

– If the crackling stays with the speaker after plugging it into a different port, use a special spray to clean the contacts in order to remove any potential dust particles and make sure that the jack enters all the way in your subwoofer.

These are all potential solutions you should try before calling in a technician or sending the speakers to the manufacturers for repairs. I hope that you can easily solve your problem without any need of extra waiting or spending extra money to make them work.

If you somehow manage to find a different solution to the popping/cracking sound made by your speakers, don’t hesitate to share it with us in the comment section below.


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