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Miller & Kreisel Subwoofer 60Hz hum

When I plug in my subwoofer, I am getting a 60Hz hum, even when it isn't connected to the stereo. I've tried plugging the woofer into a Monster Cable filtered outlet (designed specifically for subwoofers), but I am still getting the same hum. I fear that the sound board may have a burnt out circuit. If this is the case, is there any place that I may send the sound board to have it repaired, now that the Miller & Kreisel company is no more?

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  • camaro11 Jan 04, 2008

    I have a v-125 sub with the same symptoms and was wondering the same thing as you but so far no luck. I think I need a new speaker as I can hear a rattling in it when the bass volume is turned up. There are several shops that repair speakers so my next step is to contact one of them if you hear of anything let me know.

  • rrussell Feb 10, 2008

    The problem started with very low volume. I would turn the source knob up and down rapidly and it would kick in and be fine for a while until the next time I used it. Then many times the same thing would happen. Finally it went out completely. I believe the problem is in one of the circuit boards. does anyone know if you can buy the circuit boards in the Mk2's?

  • shurst3 Jun 29, 2008

    MX-125 subwoofer hums very loud when a signal goes to it. Tried different receivers with different cables. Once a signal gets to the subwoofer it appears to fire over and just hum very loud. Unplug cable and it does not go away. It will only go away when unplugged.

  • ercble Mar 15, 2009

    I have a Miller & kreisel MX-105 subwoofer and when I plug it in and turn up the volume instantly I get a solid bass hum. ercble



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My MX 200 recently started humming even with no input signal line connected. Smitty8000 was correct and all I had to do was exercise the volume knob to make the problem go away. It seems when it sets for years with out being changed the wiper loses contact. A good vigorous repeated moving of the knob fixed the problem -- at first it made did some thumping while turning the know but this went away as did the hum.

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This is a common problem.  The potentiometer is damaged and needs to be replaced.  Potentiometer is a fancy name for volume knob.  It's a $5.00 fix if you know what you're doing.

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Try using a ground lift on the sub. Good luck.

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