Center channel cracking

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  1. Matt Harwood

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    This is my last question--I promise.
    I have a new Polk center channel, and listening today, it sounds like the midrange speaker is blown. At certain frequencies, it definitely cracks and distorts. I tried adjusting the settings on the receiver to no avail. I also double checked my speaker wiring (14 AWG) and there are no loose connections.
    Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
  2. Harold_C

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    It could be blown. Or it could just be crying out for help while being over-driven.

    Do you have your center channel set to the "SMALL" setting? It should be.
     
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    Polk usually makes really good speakers, I think you would have had to go really nuts with the volume in order to blow it. It sounds like your just driving it beyond it's capacity to me, it produces a quick pop sound. And yes, your speakers should all be set to small on the reciever.
     
  4. Matt Harwood

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    I've only listened to it twice, and both times it was set to "small" on the receiver. I haven't really cranked the volume, either, since I'm still hooking up parts of the system. Last night was just a test of all the components to make sure my wiring was correct.
    Anyway, it's only barely noticable, but when certain people speak (Kim Basinger in Batman, for instance, is particularly bad--the way her voice cracks on the speaker, not her acting. Well...). Would a loose wire cause this problem?
    Thanks for all the assistance.
     
  5. Neil Joseph

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    There are certain DVD's that exhibit this crackling phenomenon and it is due to the audio track and not any hardware. The Fifth Element is another such track that has this problem. It always occurs at the same spots of the movie eg. "She dove off" scene where Leeloo jumps off the ledge and the police car swerves to fly down after her.
     
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    Toy story 1 is bad for this, it's there almost the ENTIRE movie!
     

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