How to Get Rid of Speaker Distortion?

If you choose the right individual pieces for your sound system and use it according to its design, you shouldn’t experience speaker distortion – in the beginning! One exception, of course, would be playing music far too loud for the construction of the speakers.

Distortion from speakers may have a number of causes. If the speaker is damaged, you will almost certainly have distorted or “dirty” sound. This is usually caused by cracked or torn speaker cones made of a cardboard material or plastic. Speaker cones vibrate and move when subjected to sound signals. This stress can cause cracks over time. If the speaker cabinets aren’t stored in a place where temperature and humidity are controlled, you might hurry this damage process along.

Among the common causes for speaker damage and distorted sound that comes from those speakers are: high volume music for a long period; speakers mismatched with the power of the amplifier; low quality cones used in speakers; dropping or mishandling the speakers. Quality speakers in modern sound systems should last for several years with normal use. In time, you may have to have new cones put in your speakers to eliminate distortion. It’s also possible to make some speaker repairs on your own, but be sure you study the procedure first and seek advice from someone with experience.

Things to Try
Speaker DistortionOne of the first things to do is make sure the speakers you have connected to your system are receiving the correct amount of watts from the power amplifier. Speakers are rated for certain wattage and mismatched systems can be the cause of speaker distortion, even if the speakers are new and in perfect condition. In fact, the wattage rating on speakers is a maximum amount. The wattage sent to speakers should be slightly lower than the rated maximum. *Remember that supplying far too little wattage can damage the speakers as well.

It’s important to have the equalization set properly too. Too much bass/low end can cause the speakers to rattle and may even damage them. Constant, high-end/treble might also this effect over a longer period of time. You should carefully set the bass, mid-range and treble levels on a new system so that there is do distortion or “fuzzy” sound coming out. You can also try spreading the sound among more speakers, especially those designed for very low and very high sounds. This will allow you to hear clear sounds without boosting the volume too much.

If you have to repair the speaker cones or replace them, you should make sure that you understand the real problem. Sometimes speakers can work loose in the cabinet. Make sure the screws that secure the speaker assembly are firm and tight. Speaker cones may work loose as well. Inspect the speaker closely to see if the cones need to be “re-seated” and secured. If it is necessary to replace damaged speaker cones, it may be best to get help from an experienced repairman.

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