What Causes Popping and Crackling Sounds in Your Speakers

Last Edited: September 30, 2017 | Published: September 30, 2017 by

What Causes Popping and Crackling Sounds in Your Speakers

We’ve all been there, we are sitting there enjoying our speakers listening to our favorite tunes and then we hear popping and crackling sounds. These sounds aren’t only annoying, they can also be a sign of problems with your speakers or audio systems. No, this isn’t just a placement issue. Over time, these sounds could indicate your speakers taking damage, so you can’t just ignore it for long. Let’s look at some of the most common causes of popping and crackling sounds in your speakers.

Current Problems

In general, your home audio uses small amounts of electrical current. But speakers are a bit different. It takes more energy to produce sound. This is why you often need an amplifier to provide enough electrical current for your speakers. If there is any kind of interruption of the current, you will hear popping noises or crackling sounds.

Amplifier Issues

As amps age, they tend to wear out. They are constantly pushing electrical current to the speakers to produce sound and they are usually pretty close to those speakers. Over time, capacitors and transistors can wear out or even become corroded. Vibrations from the loud music can also shake the amplifier, causing the parts to move or even become loose as they wear out.

Wiring Problems

Your wiring carries the electrical current to your speakers. Over time, these wires can wear out and the ends can even come loose. This is even more true if you move your speakers around. Sometimes, you just end up with a short in the wires. Now you may be able to repair these problems yourself. But in some cases, it is just easier and honestly better to buy new wire to replace it.

Bad Connections

The popping sounds can be caused by a simple bad connection to your speakers. The connection points on your speakers, amplifier and their speaker cables can loosen over time and often become corroded. In this case, you may need to simply tighten the connection. In other cases, the ends may need to be cleaned of any corrosion of the ends cut off and redone to ensure a good connection.

Bad Speakers

Sometimes, the crackling and popping sounds aren’t due to the problems above, instead, the speakers are starting to go bad. It happens. While this is easy to fix, it isn’t the cheapest option. When they are failing, you could try and repair them yourself, but if you aren’t familiar with speaker repair you are probably better off replacing them with new speakers.

Final Thoughts

In most cases, the fixes for these problems are fairly easy, with the exception of amp problems. That’s even a better reason not to let it go. So fix those popping and crackling sounds in your speakers today so you don’t have to worry about damaging your speakers and forcing you to repair or replace them before you can enjoy your music again.

What have you had to do to fix your popping and crackling sounds on your speakers? Was it an easy fix or did it cost you a lot of money to finally solve the problem? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

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