Question about Crown Audio Players & Recorders
The problem is that the potentiometer that the knob is connected to is dirty. This is a common problem with age, or quality of installed potentiometer. (potentiometer is the name of the component that the knob attaches to. It usually looks like a 1/2" long cylinder)
There are multiple solutions to this problem. The first is free & anyone can do. While the unit is off. Twist the knob back and forth quickly and rapidly numerous times. Roughly 10-15 times will do. This sometimes allows for the connections within the potentiometer to reconnect, and remove the crackle.
The second solution involves some handy work. The unit's case will have to be disassembled, and the potentiometer that the knob is attached to must be found. There is usually a relief hole somewhere on the housing. Within this relief hole one can spray contact cleaner. This cleans the contact within the potentiometer which is the cause of the crackle. Once the pot has been sprayed, rotate the knob like in step 1.
If steps 1 & 2 do not work, the potentiometer will need to be replaced. This work usually needs a professional. If you are handy with a soldering iron, it can be accomplished. Look for any particular part #'s on the crackly potentiometer, and then copy these into a online parts catalog. Mouser.com and Digikey.com are excellent resources for finding parts. Upon finding a replacement, it can be swapped out, and provide the user with a crackle free knob.
As always, make sure power to the unit is disconnected. If you are unsure of electronics, please use caution, as dangerous voltages may reside that can cause personal injury.
Posted on Mar 16, 2011
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