I just bought a 22" Vizio. It worked great and then last night the speakers began to crackle and pop (really badly- you can't even hear the TV show you are watching). The TV is connected to a TIVO which is connected to a cable box (not using the HD). Is it the TV or the cable?
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I think I have experienced this problem before with my Sony stereo set. It could be a sign that your receiver's amplifier is giving out. Best that you can do is bring it over to an audio repair shop for a checkup. If my suspicion is right, you're gonna have to replace it with a new one. Don't worry, amplifier chips are not that expensive.
And lastly, when any part or component is replaced, be sure to ask the technician to give it to you. You can keep it for your reference.
Something like this Id have someone who knows there way around electronics, a qualified tech or someone you trust really well :-) Does the crackling affect the TV picture at all ? My first guess would be dust and or dampness on the audio components. Sometimes this can conduct electricity across small pc chips and reak all sorts of havoc. I had an old Tomas electric organ once, and it actually caught fire because two speaker wires were rubbing together and eventually wore thru the insulation and shorted out, but it was also making alot of crackling and static noises. Try raising and lowering the volume low to high and high to low and see if the crackling noises gets worse. Some audio amplifiers put out quite a bit of power, so I wouldnt trust leaving the TV on without a fire extinguisher handy.
I bought my VE-28s and it did exactly that crackled, cerwin replaced part in amp but few months later problem persisted. they then replaced entire amp assembly and its been fine. i really push it to and its been fine. to test it, unplug the connection from amp/ reciever and see if it persists. if so its the sub, if not its the amp/ reciever. dont dump it, these subs really crank and can put out some deep loud bass.