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1 year old iMac speaker buzzes and sounds distorted

During the last 3 months I've noticed that my iMac speakers sound tinny and fuzzy, especially during low tone playback of music.  I took it to the Genius Bar and when the tech checked it out to my surprise we couldn't hear the buzzing.  Made me look crazy!  I brought it home, fired up iTunes and immediately the blown out speaker vibrating resumed.  I've moved the iMac to a different location in my room and placed padding below the unit; however the distortion persists.  Is it possible that the environment at the Genius Bar (i.e. large, open air store setting with lots of background noise) made it impossible to detect the distortion I've been experiencing at home.  Also, is this a driver issue or the speaker hardware itself?  Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    the same happened with my speakers too. It only sounds that way when I play a song with a low base note in it. It has the same sound as a blown car speaker.

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    Have the same problem on a brand new 2009 iMac - distortion only on left side speaker. Right side is allways crisp.
    Will try my Apple Care plan to get the left speaker replaced and see how that goes...


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You have to remember that electronics can have interference from wireless signals and etc. try moving your computer to different places in your house

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