Speaker buzz...

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Andrew S, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. Andrew S

    Andrew S Stunt Coordinator

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    First a little background information:

    My receiver is a Panasonic SAHE70, and my main speakers are Paradigm Compact Monitors (6-ohms, bi-ampable).

    My receiver powers my speakers to acceptable levels, but I feel like I'm pushing it sometimes when playing movies/music moderately loud. I have an old Sansui amplifier that I could use for the speakers, however, I do not have any pre-outs, so I took a route that I imagine isn't too acceptable among most of the audio gurus here, which was to convert my headphone jack to a preout with the appropriate adapters.

    I didn't expect much from this setup, but I found it sounded as good as before (and a lot louder of course) EXCEPT when my ear was within an inch or two from the tweeter, where there was a noticable buzzing noise when I would mute my source. Before if I put my ear next to the tweeter when the source was muted, I would hear a slight hiss, but now instead there is a slight buzz.

    Sorry for all the detail, but my main concern in this post is whether or not the buzz I am hearing is damaging to my speakers/tweeters? I know clipping and distortion can be damaging, is it the same situation here?

    Thanks,
    Andrew
     
  2. Luitz

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    Do both speakers do it.
    Hook up a set of headphones to the jack DO the headphones do it as well?
     
  3. Andrew S

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    Both speakers do make the noise... sounds almost as if you were listening to a bad recording (up close to the speaker)?
    Haven't tried headphones yet.
     

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