What Causes Your Speakers to Pop and Crackle? (Verified 2022)

If you’re an audiophile like me, it is extremely frustrating to find that your speakers are suddenly making extremely horrible noises that interrupt your listening experience. Especially when you’re listening to your favourite music or maybe playing some dance music at a party.

Usually, this type of interruption occurs in the form of popping or crackling sounds from one or all of your speakers. This is a super annoying problem to have especially when you need to fix it immediately.

It is extremely important to understand what causes your speakers to pop and crackle.

The popping and crackling sounds from your speakers are usually caused because of fluctuations of interruptions in your electrical current and audio signals. In other words, a bad, unsecured, wobbly or dirty connection. To fix the crackling and popping sounds that are emanating from your speakers, the first step will be to check electrical wiring and try to identify any obvious connection issues. This will help you find the problem source and fix or improve the connection and/or replace the cable.

How to fix crackling or popping speakers?

You must check the speaker wires and verify that they are properly connected to both the speakers and stereo receiver. Start by turning off any nearby electronic devices that might be causing interference with the speaker. Speakers are sensitive devices. Even the smallest signals can cause huge disturbances given you other settings. Try to change the location of the speaker if this is the issue. The speaker wires also need to be spaced away from external electrical wiring. If the issue is still unresolved you can try reset to the factory default settings.

Why is my speaker making a static noise?

Static sounds are a common issue with speakers and other sound equipment. Usually, they are heard when there is a lot of electrical disturbances in your speaker cables. Basically, what’s going on is that the speakers are picking up all of the “dirty” electricity and signals. This results in hissing or buzzing noises which cannot be stopped even if you mute the speaker.

How do I check if my speakers are blown?

It is an extremely common and frustrating situation when you have a blown speaker. Usually, it is indicated by an unpleasant buzzing or scratching sound. Sometimes, these sounds may mean other things. You have to carefully observe if it is at the pitch of the note the speaker is attempting to reproduce. It is also possible that there is no sound emitted. Both are indications of a blown speaker.

This brings up another interesting question:

Can blown speakers fix themselves?

The questions is always if you can fix the blown speaker. The answer is usually YES, you can. However, it’s rarely recommended to try to do that yourself without identifying the underlying issue. If it’s something as simple as bad wiring, or loose connections, you can do it yourself. But speaker fixing is usually only done by yourself on speakers that you don’t mind spoiling completely.

Following this, it is also important to understand what other issues we typically see in speakers. And it doesn’t matter if you bought a $5 speaker or a $5000 speaker. These issues are common across the board including some of the top audio equipment brands.

What are some common problems/issues of speakers?

Some of the most common speaker problems/issues include missing audio output, extreme audio distortion, blown speakers, various non-input based sounds (crackling, clicking, hissing, popping), bad equalizer adjustments causing uneven sound output, and more. You can easily rectify some of these issues simply by changing the output channels, checking input sources including wired connections or bluetooth connectivity, check if devices are paired properly, try by reducing/lowering the output volume of the speaker, replacing the coils, wires, magnets, and fabric. Be warned – high volume can instantly damage new speakers irrelevant of the quality or cost of the speaker.