Speaker Popping Noise

Speaker Popping Noise When Turned On – Causes And How To Fix

You may never realize how irritating popping noise from speakers can be until you are watching a movie or listening to music and the sound is interrupted by a noise that isn’t part of the soundtrack.

Even in similar scenarios, the only thing you’d want to think of is how to eliminate that noise which can be done in a few simple steps. The very first step to take towards fixing this noise is knowing exactly what causes it in the first place.

In the rest of this article, we will touch on everything you should know about the speaker popping noise, each time you switch the speaker on.

Why do speakers pop when turned on?

The common reason why your speaker emits a popping noise when turned on has to do with connectivity. There could be bad wiring between your amplifier and your speaker driver, which you are unaware of.

This disruption causes the driver to move abruptly and then creates interference that interrupts the smooth flow of sound. This would have been a trivial problem had it been the bad connection could be identified in a place.

Aside from bad interior connection, several factors can cause a speaker to pop, some of which may be out of the user’s control, but it is most often due to an audio signal clipping or sending a loud sound through the speakers.

This explains why many people will turn down their volume when they notice their speakers popping.

How do I stop my speakers from popping?

To stop your speakers from popping, you want to do more observation to figure out the particular place where there is a bad connection. I would recommend you take a look at the connections inside the speaker.

You may discover that a solder broke down throughout usage and may now need repair or replacement. Sometimes, it can be something you can fix; in other cases, it might be something you’d want to call a professional.

The good thing is that the bad connection inside the speaker that is causing the popping noise is usually obvious once spotted. It may be as simple as a loose cable that needs reconnection.

How do I know if my speakers are blown out?

It is not always easy to know if your speakers are blown out, especially car speakers. The signs can be different for various vehicles. Some of the signs that you might have blown out speakers are:

  • You hear a buzzing sound when no one is speaking
  • You hear a popping sound when playing music or watching movies
  • Your music sounds distorted
  • You can’t get the volume high enough without it becoming too loud and causing distortion.

There are many reasons why a speaker might blow out. The most common one is playing them at too high of a volume for too long. Other reasons include using the wrong amplifier or playing the speaker with the wrong type of music too strong for the speaker’s capacity.

How much does it cost to fix a blown speaker?

Getting your blown speaker fixed will cost you both an installation fee and a new speaker replacement. Retailers usually charge above $65 in addition to the cost of the new speaker to have it installed.

The cost is usually determined by the level of damage and the quality of sound you want. However, if you feel very confident, you can look up some Youtube videos that will show you how to replace the blown speaker yourself, so you save that installation fee.

So, how do I prevent speaker popping noise?

There are three important tips that you shouldn’t ignore if you want to prevent speaker popping noise:

1. Care for your speakers: The first thing you should do is take care of your speakers. You should not expose them to water, dust, or other contaminants. The best way is to keep them in a cool and dry place and be gentle when transporting them. (not speakers embedded into compartment eg in a vehicle)

2. Avoid sudden volume changes: You must avoid sudden volume changes because this will make the speaker pop more often. You should also avoid leaving your music player on repeat mode because this will also pop sounds from the speaker.

3. Use quality cables: If you want your speakers to last long, you must use quality cables for your audio source device and speaker system to experience the best audio quality.

In summary

Speaker popping noise is a common occurrence with speakers today. They are especially common with speakers in vehicles. Sadly, there is not a singular cause for this.

The sound disruption may be due to a bad connection of cables, proximity, and placement between the speaker and the amp, or other factors like sound volume or capacity of the speaker.

A general fix for this problem is to first identify the actual cause and then make necessary repositioning, reconnection, adjustment, repair, or replacement, as explained in the article above.

I hope you found this helpful.

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