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Intermittent Crackling noise in the right headphone


I have had my headphones for nearly a year now and am extremely pleased with them. However, I have started to sometimes, get a crackling noise in the right headphone. When either I take out the battery and replace it, it seems to stop it although not always. Or if I gently move the headphones from side to side close to hear, I can hear the crackling and then eventually it stops. Could something have become dislodged inside?

Many thanks for your help in advance.

Kind regards


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  • rachel17 Oct 27, 2008

    Hi Vlad

    Many thanks for your help. I shall try a new battery and see if this helps.

    Thanks once again. :-)


  • fjintx Dec 05, 2008

    I have the same Intermittent Crackling noise in the right headphone problem but it will go away if I put my finger over the 1/2 vent hole on the side of the headphone. Anyone else with this problem or know a solution?



  • res1dents Dec 12, 2008

    I can put a brand new Duracell battery in and I still get the constant crackling noise in both sides


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Hello Rachel, I use my QC3 for 2.5 years Mon-Fri for 3 hours a day. I have the same problem when battery is weak and/or it is cold outside. The cracking nose stops for me if battery fully charged. This is known problem andBose put it in the manual.

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I have the same issue with my QC3 headphones. but I dont think its low battery as I still get it even with a fully charged one. Does anyone know how to fix this? I'm out of warrantee so Bose wont repair mine. any advice? thanks!

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