How to fix random popping in a sound system

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How to fix random popping in a sound system
You can correct the popping sound in most audio systems. (power image by Guy Pracros from

When playing audio over a speaker system, you may occasionally hear a random popping sound come from the speakers. There are many different reasons why this may happen, ranging from a poor cable connection to the speakers wearing out. Whatever the problem is, you can usually correct the issue yourself, although damaged speakers do require replacement in order to correct it.

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  • Clean cloth
  • Compressed air

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    Turn down the volume on your sound system. As the sound system ages it begins to wear down, and louder audio requires the speakers to work harder, possibly damaging the hardware at the same time. Popping is often due to damaged speakers.

  2. 2

    Eject the CD you are playing and wipe off the bottom of the disk. If the CD is dirty the player is going to create a "pop" sound when it reads over the debris, as it does not know the correct information.

  3. 3

    Spray compressed air into the lens of the stereo system. Dust has a tendency to stick to the CD reader's lens, causing any disk (even clean ones) to skip during playback. Removing the dust corrects this issue and the popping noise.

  4. 4

    Check the wire connection running from the speakers into the stereo receiver. If the wire is not completely hooked up to the receiver it is not going to create accurate audio and may even create popping noises.

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