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Scratchy loud noise when volume dial is turned

We just hooked up these speakers, the Altec Lansing VS2221 to our mac computer. We are getting a very spasticy scratchy noise when we turn the volume dial up and down. I am wondering what if any insight anyone might have. Thank you very much for your time.

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  • martinclowes Feb 02, 2009

    same problem loud noise when I turn volume pot up or down. I can't figure how to get in to unit to repair /replace the volume pot though. Help!

  • Rodney Feb 08, 2012

    I got the same problem and think it is a bad connection in the cable plug (the cable from the small speakers to the sub-woofer). That is my theory and I'm trying to look for a new set of just the small speakers.

  • ronald worrell Jan 26, 2014

    i am having the same problem when i shake the cable or turn the volume up or down, i would like to be able to get in the sub and change the s-connector

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It means that the volume pot is dirty.You need to find a way to get some WD-40 into the pot.This usualy requires that you take the access to the inside off and spray right inside the pot.Once you do this move the volume dial from min to max a few times and it should fix it.

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