Possible Causes of Speaker Rattle

Last Edited: March 11, 2018 | Published: March 11, 2018 by

And How to Fix Them

Possible Causes of Speaker Rattle

Are you trying to enjoy your favorite music on your expensive speaker system only to disappointed by a speaker rattle? I’ve been there. Nothing can ruin your listening experience faster than a simple speaker rattle. Today, we look at some of the most common causes of speaker rattle and what you can do to fix them. That way you can go back to enjoying your favorite movie or music without that annoying rattle sound in the middle of your favorite part.

Dirty Speaker

Over time, dust and dirt can make their way inside your speaker cabinet. If enough buildup occurs, this could be causing the speaker rattle. Now most of us never open our speaker cabinets, so there is a good chance that they will be pretty dirty. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean your house isn’t clean, it just means you forgot an area for a long time. Clean out the speaker carefully making sure you don’t loosen any of the wiring and then replace the cover and test your speaker.

Foreign Objects in Contact With Cone

When you use your speakers, they vibrate. Over time, this can cause wires or other contents of the speaker cabinet to come loose and come in contact with the cone. Sometimes, foreign objects can make their way inside the cabinet. When any of these touch the cones while they are vibrating, you will hear the rattling sound. Open the cover and inspect the cone. If you see anything touching it that shouldn’t, remove it or move it where it should be and then test your speaker.

Bad Devices

If you connect your speaker to multiple devices, but only hear the rattle when using one specific device, you probably have a problem with the driver on that one device. Or, in the case of computers and smartphones, it could be a power or software issue. How you fix this will vary depending in the device, but make sure you update all your software and maybe even try different cables connecting to that device to see if that improves the connection.

Damaged Speaker

Unfortunately, sometimes the cause of the rattle could be damage to the speaker cone itself. In most cases that means that it will have to be replaced if you ever hope to get rid of the rattle. While you may be able to do this yourself, for most of us that means buying a new speaker. If your speaker is still under warranty, you can always go through the process of replacing it that way, but if they have some age, then I would check out our buying guides to find a suitable replacement.


Speaker rattle is annoying, and sometimes it can be the sign of something bad. But in most cases, it’s a simple fix that you can easily do yourself. In more extreme cases, you may have to return the speaker (if they are new) or purchase a replacement. However, investigate it yourself first. In the end, it’s probably something simply you can fix on your own. Have you ever encountered speaker rattle? If so, what did you have to do to repair it?

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