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Crosley CR6001A: Left speaker barely audible

After a few days of use, the left speaker quit functioning. The sound from the left speaker is barely audible. This is quite frustrating because with stereo sound, this means that oftentimes I cannot hear one or more of the instruments in the song. If there are any simple solutions, I'd prefer to fix this myself. However if I'm unable to perform the maintenance myself I'll have to just take it in for repair or exchange

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Hi Eric,

I understand how frustrating this problem can be. The problem can be the result of several different things. Two of them are 1) blown speaker and, 2) blown left amplifier output.

Try listening with stereo headphones. If you can hear both channels clearly, the amplifier is most likely functioning correctly. This is desirable as amp repairs would probably be more costly than a driver (speaker) replacement. Make sure you vary the balance controls while checking for output on both L and R speakers. If the sound is intermittent, the volume or balance control may have dirt built up and may return to working properly by liberally spraying electrical contact cleaner around the stem (knob removed) with the unit unplugged. Use the extension tube to pinpoint the output along the stem. Be careful to keep from over-spraying as it may damage plastic and wood cabinetry. After spraying, rotate the knob fully back and forth several times and then plug back in and try for sound again.

If you can't restore the volume to the left speaker, you may have a blown speaker. This usually happens as a result of excessive volume which leads to distorted sound. If played this way long enough, damage to the speaker is unavoidable.

The speaker can not be fixed - but may be replaced. Replacing the speaker is something most people with conventional hand tools can do - with the unit unplugged. Finding the information on the speaker may prove to require some digging however. You'll need to know the size, wattage rating, impedance value in ohms, and frequency response. It would be best to obtain the exact replacement part if possible.

Other than this, you'll probably need to have it serviced professionally. Good luck!

Posted on Dec 07, 2012

  • Eric Landgrebe Dec 07, 2012

    Thank you very much for your detailed suggestions
    A few hours after posting my problem, I realized that I forgot to specify that when headphones are used, one of the ears are barely audible, similarly to the speaker itself. So it wouldn't be a problem with the speaker, probably some technical electronic problem.
    Currently, as I'm posting this comment, the sound is functioning fine. But at least half of the time, one side of the stereo sound is nearly inaudible, even with headphones

  • Steve Dec 08, 2012

    From your follow up info it sounds like an intermittant problem possibly caused by a thermal condition. As components heat up, they shut down . Once cooled enough, they come back by themselves. This should be repaired by an electronics shop without to much trouble. Good luck!

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