Well, taking the poor man's route I picked up a JBL NSP1 II set from a non-authorized seller on eBay a couple of weeks ago, and up until yesterday everything was wonderful. Tuesday night I had noticed Ed Norton's voice would produce a bit of a faint "crackling" sound whenever it got a little too nasally in "Red Dragon". Being optimistic, I blew it off. Then, last night, it happened. While playing my PS2, I noticed pretty much any loud dialogue would bring about that "crackling" sound. Then, at one point while playing music during the game, there was about a 5 second interval of crackles and pops that made it sound like it was playing off an old LP. Panicking, I popped the nearest DVD to me into my Panny DVD player, which happened to be Spider-Man. Everything seemed fine on low key dialogue, but as soon as the wrestler who had just been mauled by Randy Savage told Tobey Maguire "I can't feel MY LEEEGS!", the crackling returned. So basically, any high pitched or loud dialogue causes this to happen. I plugged in my old center channel speaker, and everything was fine. What has malfunctioned on my N Center II, and more importantly, since the warranty is useless, how much will it cost to fix?