if my speakers crackle and pop when i adjust the volume, what does that mean?

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  1. BlahBlahYouToo

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    is it on its way out?
    logitech z560's - crackle and pop at the slightest turn of the volume knob.
     
  2. YOyoYOhowsDAjello

    YOyoYOhowsDAjello Moderator<br>A/V & Home Theater<br>Elite member

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    Turn the speakers off. Then turn the volume knob all the way up and down 20 times in a row really fast. Then try again.

    (To get dust / dirt out of the volume controller)
     
  3. ericlp

    ericlp Diamond Member

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    dirty pot
     
  4. BlahBlahYouToo

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    groovy.
    :)
     
  5. Tiamat

    Tiamat Lifer

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    The volume pot probably has some dust in it. Compressed air while turning the pot clockwise and counterclockwise should help.
     
  6. spinejam

    spinejam Diamond Member

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    my z's do the same thing sometimes. do like the others -- blow 'em! :)
     
  7. Rubycon

    Rubycon Madame President

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    Get Caig'd.

    http://www.caig.com/

    Never have a problem with noisy pots again!

    Believe me when you have thousands of sliders/pots on a board that get changed daily during performances you CANNOT have crackle!
     
  8. Anarchist420

    Anarchist420 Diamond Member

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    logitech seems to make the worst speakers.

    edit: What sound card do you have?
     
  9. Modelworks

    Modelworks Lifer

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    WD40 works when you can't get anything else.
     
  10. 0roo0roo

    0roo0roo No Lifer

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    happens with klipsch/cambridge speakers as well.
    pots pots pots...sucky sucky pots.
    give the spray a try.
    not sure why they are designed to suck that hard, maybe its a cheapness thing.
    but even relatively cheap recievers with big old knobs tend not to develop the crackle pop like computer speakers do.
     
  11. BlahBlahYouToo

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    sb x-fi, but yoyo's trick already cleaned it out.
    thanks fellers.
     
  12. Modelworks

    Modelworks Lifer

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    In the old days, back in the 8track era, the stereos had felt with slits cut into it that the shaft or slider would stick through to protect dust from getting into the pots. Now they just stick a plastic knob on the shaft and hope for the best.
     
  13. Rubycon

    Rubycon Madame President

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    Better gear uses conductive plastic pots instead of carbon.

    Stuff these days is so cheaply made, however.
     
  14. tk149

    tk149 Diamond Member

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    Thanks, I'm going to try this on my old stereo receiver.
     
  15. Billb2

    Billb2 Platinum Member

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    Spray contact cleaner into the pot, twist the heck out of it, WIN.
     
  16. Oyeve

    Oyeve Lifer

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    NAY! WD40 leaves a crappy residue that will, over time, make pots even worse.
     
  17. conorvansmack

    conorvansmack Diamond Member

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    My z560s do the same thing. I'll give it a try this weekend and post my results.
     
  18. 0roo0roo

    0roo0roo No Lifer

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    yea found this
    http://sound.westhost.com/pots.htm
    no guides online on how to...
    probably not worth the effort.
    cheapo ones at radio shack are probably carbon, they don't specify, the other types are kinda hard to buy online apparently.
     
  19. conorvansmack

    conorvansmack Diamond Member

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    Worked like a charm on my z560s too.:thumbsup: Thanks for the tip! :D
     
  20. highernrg

    highernrg Junior Member

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    Wow. I just gave away a perfectly good pair of Klipsch 2.1 computer speakers for doing this very same thing. I thought it was Klipsch so I replaced them with Axiom Audiobytes which were/are great until they started doing the same damn thing when I turned the volume. I just used air to clean the volume knob as recommended and it totally eliminated the popping.

    I had to sign up just to say thank you for this no brainer (now that I know) solution.
    And thanks for the caig.com link too, looks cool.


     
  21. Tristicus

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    Stick to trolling P&N...kthx.
     
  22. BurnItDwn

    BurnItDwn Lifer

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    Hah wow ... I have an old stereo reliever from the 80s hooked up to my main PC with some 70s era Epiphone speakers... I rarely adjust the volume, as usually the volume adjustments built into windows or winamp usually take care of my needs, but I'll have to try shutting it off and maxing/minning the volume a bunch of times .... would be nice if I could adjust the volume properly!
     
  23. alkemyst

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    DeoxIt and FaderLube.
     
  24. TapWater

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    I can't believe this worked. Thanks. All this time almost from new. Then I did it and it worked. I thought you were gee-ing up lol
     
  25. NutBucket

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    Yep. My two best friends when dealing with old stereo gear. By old, I mean from the 70s or earlier. Kids these days....
     
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