Question about Audio Players & Recorders

1 Answer

Noise from speakers when playing basses

This problem just appeared out of nowhere, just started at one moment and won't stop. I got Creative Inspire 5+1 P580 Speaker. The deal is I get noise mainly from subwoofer whenever it plays basses. Some speakers also pick it up. If I turn down the bass level to 0 (subwoofer stops playing), sound is quite ok. Turn the bass back on and there's the noise. It is not constant though, it goes with the basses. I tried toopen the subwoofer case to see where the problem might be, but everything seems fine by look. Interestingly though I noticed when I pulled out the back panel noise decreased rapidly. Pulled it back in place and noise increased again. Makes me feel like the air flow is restricted, and with an extra opening it gets better. I don't want to throw it away especially when I know satellites are fine. Any help much appreciated.

Posted by on

  • thegeko Jul 29, 2008

    Thank you for your ideas. I tried to press on the sub speaker, which did reduce the noise.

    However, when I pulled out the sub speaker from the case a bit, holding it in hands, there was no noise. All the speakers including sub were working fine. As soon as the sub speaker touched the case the noise started. This makes me think it is caused by the vibrations produced by sub speaker. Even when I (slightly) hit the subwoofer against the floor it makes the noise (even with bass level at 0). Do you think it might be somehow caused by vibrations in combination with some broken electronics?

    I have a DVM and a soldering iron. However if I try to pull out the electronics from the case to measure it, noise stops. Everything is really suggesting the cause are vibrations. I don't have any other speaker to try replacing sub, unless I buy it.

  • angel_cmrj Mar 22, 2009

    i have the same problem and i already had the same idea of how to fix it, but i don't know how to open the subwoofer to see the circuit. do someone knows it?



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 6,966 Answers


Offhand, could either be the subwoofer speaker itself or the electronics (amp and/or crossover). One way to determine is by physcially checking the sub speaker. When playing with bass on, pls try restricting speaker movement by pressing on it and see if the noise is reduced. Another is to temporarily replace the speaker. You can try speakers meant for the car, home entertainment or book shelf, just dont set the volume too high.

If the speakers are ruled out, then it would be the electronics inside. For this, you would need familiairty with electronic components and circuittry, a DVM and a soldering iron. Access to an oscilloscope and an audio signal generator would be nice but not a necessity. The idea is to inject a constant audio signal and determine where the noise (if electronic) is coming from. In most instances, it would be a leaky electrolytic capacitor either in the input stage or feedback loop. At other times, it would be also a capacitor in the band pass filter.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Jul 29, 2008

    Hi again,

    Appreciate the postback. It would seem that you have a self-induced noise which is mechanical/structural and affecting the electronics. Having said that, suggested course of action would be:

    • resolder all the joints underneath the PCB, a cold solder or a loose connection;

    • use silicone sealant to coat components that would vibrate easily and cause loose connection later on such as big/tall electrolytic capacitors.

    • I would not suggest putting silicone sealant on any component that produces heat such as heatsinked transistors or ICs.

    • If the power transformer is also inside the enclosure, tighten the E/I core either by their bolts/nuts or crimping the shell body.

    • You may want also to apply sealent on the enclosure corners and any other portion that may vibrate due to the backwaves of the sub speaker.

    Alternately you may want to use a gluegun in the absence of the sealant or anything of similar nature.




1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Humming sound cumin from my creative inspire 4.1 woofer

Make sure that you've fully pushed in the jack to the sound card.....maybe you've not connected the jack into the correct socket on your soundcard as there are usually 3 identical sockets...but only 1 is the correct one. Sometimes colour-coded green. Try it in each one in turn. If you have headphones, try plugging them in as you will hear sound in them when you've got the correct socket!

Apr 27, 2012 | Creative Labs Audio Players & Recorders

1 Answer

I need a power supply/ volume , and bass control for creativbe labs t2900 speakers. can I purchase one?

Hi, Yes you can purchase the power supply and base control for you creative product. You can go to the website or you can select the below link to go to the webpage directly.
You just need to type in as what you want in the search box and then select from the categories available. Free shipping is also available.

Hope it Helps. Regards Anand Sachan

Nov 06, 2010 | Creative Labs Inspire T2900 Computer...

1 Answer


The Sub-woofer provides nearly all the base for this particular setup.
On the back .......usually.......but somewhere will have an adjustment
knob or switch.......usually a knob......... turn it up a lil' bit, until you achieve your desired sound settings..........

Also, go into the volume meno of your desktop (windows desktop)
and adjust the settings well as any software your are using to listen to your media, since that will override the default/windows settings during playback.

I hope that helps.

Please Rate Me......Thank You!

Mar 08, 2010 | Creative Labs Inspire 6600 Computer...

1 Answer

Creative inspire T7900 7.1 stopped workin

Power light on at the volume knob?

plugged in all the way at the soundcard?

try other speakers even a stereo set to ensure soundcard not a fault?

Apr 19, 2009 | Creative Labs Inspire T7900 Computer...

1 Answer

Creative Inspire T3030 speakers not working


I have creative inspire T3030 ,dont function ,Iwant help

Mar 31, 2009 | Creative Labs Inspire T3030 Computer...

1 Answer

Speakers not working

The black/green/orange connectors go into the corresponding color ports in the back of the computer, but you computer have to be able to support 7.1 or at least 5.1 audio. If it can't you can buy a separate sound card from Creative that does.

Dec 28, 2008 | Creative Labs Inspire P7800 Computer...

1 Answer

Noise from speakers when playing basses

hello, check and see if cabinet has loose screws or if back panel is tight,bass can vibrate screw loose.good luck! also look for anything caught in the woofer causing the noise.

Jul 28, 2008 | Audio Players & Recorders

Not finding what you are looking for?
Audio Players & Recorders Logo

Related Topics:

358 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Audio Players & Recorders Experts


Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5318 Answers

The Knight
The Knight

Level 3 Expert

74999 Answers

Are you an Audio Player and Recorder Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides