Hearing popping or crackling sounds from your speakers is not the most pleasant thing you want to hear, 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 that as soon as possible unless you want to go crazy.
So if you’re having similar problems, read on to find out how to fix speakers that make popping or crackling sounds.
Most likely, the problems are caused by your subwoofer. I know that this might sound strange, but in my case this was the cause of the problems. You have two options here: either your speakers are too close to the subwoofer, so moving them at least a feet away will fix it; either your subwoofer is too close to the network hub, in which case you should move it away at least one foot. 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.
If this doesn’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 same 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
– Sometimes, simply switching the speakers left with right one solves the problem.
– If the crackling stays with the speaker after changing it, 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. I hope that you can easily solve your problem without any need of extra waiting or spending extra money to make them work.