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.
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...
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.