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    Old 05-09-2014, 09:37 AM
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    Hi folks.

    I am unfortunately having an issue and was hoping you folks could assist. I've been having a problem with the left speaker crackling for a while but disconnected it a while ago due to this. Next, the sub which is controlled with a knob on the right speaker also started producing a deep thudding noise so I have to have the sub-knob turned off. Lately though, my right speaker has started to do the same. It's a crackly, staticcy sound and, as I'm sure you can appreciate, it's very annoying. It isn't constant but it's regular and the right speaker started doing this 4 or 5 days ago. It's not just a 'when music/sounds are playing' thing, it happens when I have no music on. The speakers just make a crackly noise as and when they please.

    Having googled the issue it appears to be a common problem for many people with the left speaker crackling/hissing, then going on to the sub then finally the right speaker. Here are some reviews.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Gaming-SP2200-Speaker-CA-SP212NA/product-reviews/B004JU25DC

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836852002

    I've done some googling to see if there is a remedy, it seems there are two options. The first involves taking the casing of the right speaker and indulging in some soldering. Not having a solding iron lying around and, indeed, not having any experience with one other than when they make you use it once in D+T at school (much longer ago than I care to admit), this is not an option. The other is a temporary remedy whereby you can eliminate the crackling by turning the voule all the way up and then adjusting it accordingly via the desktop volume control, as here...

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1296483/corsair-sp2200-crackling-fix-including-easy-less-permanent-fix

    I've done this and the crackling has gone. But that still only accounts for the right speaker; if I plug the left speaker back in or turn the sub volume up, they still crackle.

    So, with my speaker set, I'm only able to use one of two speakers and can't use the sub which makes everything sound a bit tinny/hollow as I'm sure you can appreciate.

    Initially when I researched crackling in speakers I read about how it can be caused by the wiring in your walls interfering with them, but I'm ruling that out now that I've seen this is a common issue with this set.

    So, I was hoping, as it seems that there is no permanent cure for this issue, that you could recommend me some speakers, as I dont keep up with the technology side of computers. You could argue that I could have just come in and said 'my speakers are shit, please recommend some new ones', however I wanted to type all the above out to get it off my chest

    So, what speakers would you guys recommend. I don't require or want to spend a lot of money. I just want a decent set that will last and has no known crackling issues but don't want any fancy stuff with it. I don't have to have the most amazing, cinema quality sound or anything like that but conversely don't want shitty, tinny little things. I only require a 2.1 setup. I don't have a soundcard, just onboard. I'm on Windows 7, if that's relevant.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    EDIT: Actually, what is the difference between 2.0 and 2.1? I get that with 2.0 you don't get a separate sub unit and not all 2.0 have a built in subwoofer, but are 2.0 units generally not as good as those with a separate subwoofer? If there isn't much difference, feel free to recommend a 2.0 set, but I don't specifically need to save room by downgrading from a subunit or anything.

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    the 2 refers to the number of speakers while the 1 refers to the sub-woofers. Some 2.0's can have decent bass within the speakers to be enough. Having the bass will amplify bass better but if you don't need it or don't want it there are 2.0's.

    http://www.klipsch.com/promedia-2-1-computer-speakers
    Would get these if my breaker could handle it on top of my P.C..
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    As I say, I get that 2.0 means no subwoofer, was just wondering if not having a sub meant less sound quality.

    Been having a scout around and seeing very good reviews on the following 6 sets within the price range I'm looking at, and going to take a fuller look at them all over the weekend, so anyone who has experience with any of them are most welcome to offer recommendations.

    Microlabs FC330
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microlabs-FC330 ... 0040N3BQI/

    Microlabs M700
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microlabs-Fidel ... 006812VOS/

    Microlabs Fc360
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microlabs-MICRO ... B006812VRA

    Microlabs M910
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microlab-M910-11/dp/B00C244DP0/

    Creative A250
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-A250-2 ... B00CBJB5HA

    Logitech Z323
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-980-00 ... B002L3TSMU
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    Did a quick browse & these are supposed to be decent:

    -Genius SW-G2.1 1250 GX Gaming
    -Bose Companion 2 Series 3 (edit: series 3)
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    As I say, I get that 2.0 means no subwoofer, was just wondering if not having a sub meant less sound quality.
    It depends on how much bass you want....some 2.0's have good enough speakers that punch enough bass for some people...but you are going to get more kick out of a dedicated sub-woofer.
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    Right, taken me a bit longer to get around to sorting this, but I've spent the afternoon looking through my shortlist and narrowing it down

    Got it down to 2 sets of Creative Speakers.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-A250-2-1-Speaker-System/dp/B00CBJB5HA

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Gigaworks-Series-Multimedia-Speakers/dp/B001IZZ2PE

    The A250's win on price and were released around a year ago, whereas the T20's are twice the price and came out in 2008. I'm not sure the date has anything to do with it, but I'd imagine in technology 5 years would mean something. Also, the A250's have a separate sub-unit, but again I'm not sure this is a huge issue, it's just I've always had a sub-unit so I'm used to it. Still, I prefer the aesthetics of the T20's and whilst I don't need the extra space, less clutter is always welcome. They also get really good reviews and I can't see any 'common' problems recurring in them on Amazon. A few people claim to have a crackling from the left speaker after a time of use, which was the problem that befell my current set, but it doesn't seem to be a huge amount of users like the reviews for my current set. Also, the A250's sub doesn't appear to have any controls to alter the level of bass like my current set and the T20's have.

    I am erring towards the T20's but having seen a handful of reviews detailing the same problem as I've had with my current set that has made me think a little as I don't want to be paying £50-£55 for a set that will be crackling incessantly within a year.
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    I would go for the A250's for the added bass honestly...
    Unless you really arn't going to use it for fear of disturbing others then you should go for it for the sound quality.
    The T20's look like they have decent speakers that will kick in a bit of bass otherwise.
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    the 2 refers to the number of speakers while the 1 refers to the sub-woofers. Some 2.0's can have decent bass within the speakers to be enough. Having the bass will amplify bass better but if you don't need it or don't want it there are 2.0's.

    http://www.klipsch.com/promedia-2-1-computer-speakers
    Would get these if my breaker could handle it on top of my P.C..
    No question, I would go for the Promedia 2.1's. I have a pair of the 4.1's, which are largely the same, and they are excellent. I have 5+ friends who own the 2.1's as well. Look for a used pair. They last forever.
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