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Crackling Speakers I have this Pioneer receiver and it's got a strange problem that I can't seem to resolve. When we watch movies or TV through the system, it sounds great. It can be loud and it's crisp and clear. However, we also have 3 game systems attached to the receiver ( an Xbox, Wii, and PS2). When we play any games, the sound is okay, but when anything loud happens like a crash or boom, it literally sounds like one of the speakers has blown. And it's not just loud things, but even high end sounds like rustling wind. I have the Pioneer speakers that came with it and I've inspected them and there are no cracks or problems with the cones and all is well. I also used contact cleaner, respliced the wires and still have this problem. I also tried playing with the various settings since it's primarily with game systems. The game systems are all just simply set to Stereo and nothing fancy. On the receiver, I played with the Loudness settings, pulled down the Bass, tried the different preset modes (Jazz, Dance, Hall) DSP Modes and nothing seems to work and the crackle is just horrible. But again, with the TV or movies, it works great with no problems. Does anyone have any ideas?

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  • DaddySlipDsk Oct 08, 2008

    I think it may actually be the switcher unit that the game systems are to. It's a cheap Pelican switcher unit I bought at fry's a couple years back and I think that the audio is getting toasted when it's patched through it. I went direct to the TV with the XBox and had no audio issues and my next test is to go direct to the stereo receiver and if there's no issues when going direct there, then I have my culprit.

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It sounds to me like an impedance mis-matching problem!!!
But it does seem you have done everything correctly so I cant offer any other suggestions - sorry!!!!

Posted on Aug 01, 2008

  • Colin L.Swan Oct 08, 2008

    Sounds to me like the system is being over-loaded and therefore some attenuation is required when using the 'problem' items.

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