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Sound is warped

I have the speakers to the zen micro that you plug the mp3 player into the speakers by the place you put headphones. one day when i was putting it into the speakers...the thing that goes into the mp3 player snapped of the speaker and got stuck in my mp3 player. (it was stuck where the headphones go) anyway..we got it out, the mp3 player still works and plays sound...but the sound is all warped and techno. on some songs it sounds like its in a tunnel and its all echo-y. and then on other songs...you can only hear the backround instruments like guitar and drums and the singing is so soft you cant hear it. i tried putting new songs on it to see if it would sound any different but it didnt work. its probably happening because when we tried to take out the piece that was stuck in the headphone place...it completely scratched up the inside of wear you put the headphones. is there anyway to fix this???

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  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2007

    you cant hear the music on my zen unless you hold the headphones in place

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    Warped sound, can only hear musis in stead of words.

  • princess_eh Feb 11, 2009

    Music is warped and no singing is unintellegable.This is a problem with the headphone jack.please help.

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Likely what happened is, in your efforts to get the piece out of there, you loosened a solder point on the headphone jack, and it will need to be resoldered. If you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself, you can send it to a technician who can.

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