The cracking and popping sounds are the last thing you want to hear on your stereo system. In addition to the irritating sound, these noises cause sudden movements in the speakers and can damage them. Here’s everything you need to know about audio popping, crackling, or static noise from a speaker. And how you can fix it of course.
Why Are My Speakers Making Crackling And Popping Noise?
Why do my speakers pop? Well, the main reason the speakers keep popping is a poor connection in your audio systems. The issue could be in the device, cable, or speakers themselves. Check out these: Best High End RCA Cables and Best Audiophile AUX Speakers [year]
This is why some Bluetooth speakers still produce this noise. Below are some of the causes of popping and cracking noise.
Speakers Crackling Or Popping Randomly
Speakers And Current
Most parts in an audio system consume little amounts of electrical energy. Speakers use a lot of energy as the air is moved back and forth to create a sound. For this reason, every audio system requires a power amplifier to generate the necessary current.
If a bad connection is having the current interrupted for some reason, the speakers will suddenly move and make popping sounds. The erratic movement overloads speaker cables and can cause failures.
Are your car speakers making crackling noise? One cause of popping sounds is the bad connection between the cables of a speaker, amplifier, and speakers themselves.
In case of incorrect handling, the cables can loosen and connection points corrode after some time. The cable itself is very strong and durable, but if a wire gets caught in furniture or experiences damage, it frays and makes noise in the speakers.
How To Fix
In many cases, this problem is easy to fix. You only need to check the amplifier and speaker cables. If connections are not secure, repair or replace the cables.
Speakers That Generate Popping And Crackling Sound At Higher Volume
Internal Speaker Wiring
Another issue, the speaker’s crackle when I turn up the volume, but why? Well, in the internal parts of the speakers, cables carry power from the external connections to the sound-producing components.
Prolonged misuse can cause loosening of the wiring and generate noise, particularly with loud music. The strong vibrations from the speakers momentarily disconnect the poor connection causing a popping sound. Best Audiophile Desktop Computer Speakers and Best Audiophile Floor Standing Speakers
Amplifiers can also be the cause of speakers clicking at high volumes. Components like capacitors and transistors degenerate over many years, resulting in poor quality sound and broken connections.
Sockets containing these parts corrode and come loose, which also causes connection issues.
The amplifier can be shaken by vibrations from louder music, making any internal components or wiring that is loose can create popping noises from the speakers when changing volume. At lower volume, the vibrations are minimal and the popping sound disappears.
How To Fix
In case you are familiar with repair tools like soldering guns, you can try to fix this issue yourself by establishing, replacing, or soldering the wires that are broken.
Open the subwoofer using a Populo Cordless Electric Screwdriver. Then, locate the loose wires and connections. Using the Newacalox Soldering Gun and YI LIN Rosin Core Solder Wire, solder the wires and then test whether the problem is fixed.
If you have an expensive speaker popping noise home theater, and you don’t want to mess things up, a qualified technician can check the amplifier, replace faulty parts and repair defective connections.
Speaker Making Static Noise: How To Fix It
The most well-known causes of static noise from speakers are loose cables, damaged parts, and cables or interference. The following can be done to inspect and fix these problems:
- If there is a static sound from speakers in your car stereo, first inspect the speaker cables and plugs for connections that are loose.
- Ensure cables or wires are securely connected.
- Replace damaged or worn connectors.
- Also, ensure the speaker cones are not broken and repair or replace any damaged cones.
- To avoid speaker static noise in the home theater, use a concealer cord along the wall or cable sleeves to protect the speaker wires and separate them out from other cords.
- The ground loop can also generate a static or buzz, which can be resolved by connecting all connected devices to a single surge power slip protector.
Speakers Crackling Windows 10
Why are my speakers crackling on my laptop? Well, you can fix this problem by making adjustments to your audio device configurations, updating your audio driver, or identifying other interfering hardware.
This is also how to fix a crackling phone speaker. Below are some things you can try to resolve the problem.
Change Your Audio Format
Changing your output device’s audio quality can resolve some crackling audio issues.
To find out the audio quality, on the notification area near your clock, right-click the icon of the speaker at the bottom right corner and choose Playback Devices.
Click the default playback device that contains a green checkmark on the icon twice.
Try setting the audio quality to “16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD quality)”. Click the Advanced tab and choose the sound quality level in the Default format box.
Try configuring the audio quality to “16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD quality)”. Then click OK and see if crackles or other audio issues persist.
Disable Audio Enhancements
Do your speakers sound scratchy? Several audio drivers normally use software “enhancements” in improving the sound quality. If they are not working correctly or if the processor is overloaded, sound problems can occur.
You can use similar properties of windows to turn off sound enhancements. From here, click on the “Enhancements” tab if you can see one and look for the “Disable all enhancement” box. Click OK to save the changes and see if the problem persists.
Disable Exclusive Mode
Many audio drivers appear to have problems with the Exclusive Mode option, which allows applications to control the sound card.
This setting can be found in the same window as the “Default format” option. Disable and click OK to see if that solves the problem.
Update Your Sound Drivers
Some issues can be resolved with new sound drivers. You may be required to update the older sound drivers if you are suspecting them to be the cause of errors.
Windows 10 tries to maintain drivers up to date automatically, but it doesn’t always provide the latest audio drivers.
To get the latest sound drivers to visit the computer manufacturer’s website. From the driver download page of your computer model, download the available latest audio drivers.
If the computer is your own build, check your motherboard manufacturer’s driver download page or the manufacturer of your sound card if you are using a different sound card instead of the motherboard’s built-in audio.
How To Remove Crackling From Audio
Noise Reduction Tools In The Audio Editor
Audacity’s free audio editing software provides noise reduction effects. Noise reduction software analyzes the selected part of the audio which produces the unwanted sound (“Get Noise Profile”).
Once this information is collected, the program selects the specific noise and reduces its occurrence in another chosen segment. Some parameters such as smoothing and attack release time, sensitivity, and noise reduction level can be changed.
Gating And Automation
The noise gate acts similarly to a limiter or compressor. Always set a threshold value to ensure that no sound below this level can penetrate. This prevents the subtle hum from reaching the recording. Parameters like the release, hold, and attack can also be changed.
Final Thoughts On How To Stop Speakers From Crackling And Popping Or Static Sound
Popping, crackling, and other sound issues can occur for various reasons. Before you mess with complex issues, it’s a good idea to make sure your connections are secure.The Populo Cordless Electric Screwdriver will help you open the subwoofer or amplifier without problems. Then use the Newacalox Soldering Gun and YI LIN Rosin Core Solder Wire to solder the loose connections.
Dave Pearson is a Canadian musician, sound editor, and audiophile. He is also the founder and owner of the website SoundProofGeek. On SoundProofGeek, Pearson offers advice and resources on audio equipment, including how to assess and improve audio quality, how to troubleshoot and repair audio equipment, and how to improve the music listening experience.
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