"Crackle" every time External speakers are used? WTF

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Khabbi, May 9, 2009.

  1. Khabbi macrumors member

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    I just purchased a new 3.06 iMac, and I must say I am very happy with it! However, there is on very annoying thing- Every time it goes to access the audio and sends a signal to my Klipsch speaker set, there's a loud "crackle" as the audio initiates.

    Wow! Annoying as hell and not what I would expect from Apple! Even my ancient PC's didn't do this!

    Anyone know of a fix for this, or am I stuck listening to this crap for the next 3-4 years?
     
  2. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    Doesn't sound normal. I play to external speakers all the time, and experience no such crackle. If it is that reproducible, take it to the genius bar and have them look at it.
     
  3. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    I have the same problem with my external speakers, but I would describe it as more of a "pop" noise when the iMac recovers from sleep and then audio is initiated from a web site, iTunes, etc.
     
  4. aaquib macrumors 65816

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    Same here with the Z-5500's. I don't believe it's a computer issue as I was experiencing the same thing on both the MacBook and MacBook Air. I've heard it may be due to some interference with the cables. Will look further into a it bit later today.
     
  5. 24usedtorock macrumors regular

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    I think we've already established your issue resides with the quality (or lack thereof) of the speakers you're using- - let's not pinpoint the blame as a known iMac issue.
     
  6. v-rod macrumors newbie

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    I just picked up my new 24" imac 2.93 to replace the old 24" 2.16 ,plugged in my old monsoon 2.1 speakers and they do a popping sound when it wakes from sleep.The old mac did not do that so I know its not the speakers :confused:
     
  7. PurrBall macrumors 6502a

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  8. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    You are full of it. Plenty of users, including users of your beloved Bose have reported the audio issue when the iMac resumes from sleep.

    Here's a good one for you, do a search of "bose poor sound quality" on Google;

    Results 1 - 10 of about 30,800 for bose poor sound quality

    Also, maybe a guy who;

    1. Doesn't even own a Mac.

    2. Starts thread after thread that gets locked.

    3. Starts more threads demanding explanation from Mods about why his threads were locked

    Shouldn't get a reputation for bashing products they don't own, haven't auditioned and don't understand. Unless you want a one way ticket out of this place courtesy of easily ticked off moderators.
     
  9. 24usedtorock macrumors regular

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    Okay so I guess you're suggesting you know more about this "known issue" than Apple does- seeing as how they have failed to acknowledge it as such? And FYI, I have ordered an iMac 4850.
     
  10. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    There wouldn't be an "anti-pop" application for OS X with thousands of downloads if the problem didn't exist.

    Seeing as you're getting an iMac you will find out for yourself soon enough.
     
  11. 24usedtorock macrumors regular

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    Fair enough, however I must inform you I will be using $800 Bose speakers. Thanks for your concern nonetheless.
     
  12. mstam macrumors member

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    That's also a way of wasting money. They sell equivalent speakers for $50 at any swap shop.
     
  13. 24usedtorock macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your thoughts however misguided they might be, I'm actually well versed in audio engineering and I can tell you I have sampled hundreds if not thousands of configurations and for $800 you cannot go wrong with Bose- in fact it's the best option at that budget for computing needs.
     
  14. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    Apple computers have had popping soundcards for a long time especially on the notebooks.
     
  15. isaacc7 macrumors regular

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    Man, you fell for that hook, line, and sinker. Bose is well known in the industry for having one of the highest profit margins in the biz. In other words, take cheap stuff and charge a fortune for it. Bose has excellent marketing and business acumen, audio quality is a ways down the list of their priorities. We didn't sell Bose, but we went out and bought several of their speakers so that our customers could compare them to less expensive gear (something that Bose dealers are not allowed to do, I wonder why...). All I had to do was A/B the Bose against anything else that we sold (for the record, we mostly sold Canton, PSB, Klipsch, Phase Technology, and KEF speakers in all price ranges) and it was money in my pocket. So I guess I should have fond memories of them, but man, you'll never catch me buying anything of theirs...
     
  16. BlackMax macrumors 6502a

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    I've got the same issue. Can you point me to this "anti-pop" application?
     
  17. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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  18. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    What $800 Bose speakers are you buying for "computer needs". None of their self powered speakers for that type of application cost $800. The only speakers they have in the $800 price range are either surround sound systems with their own DVD players, etc, or they are non powered speakers that will require the use of an external amplifier, etc.

    I sold stereo equipment years ago when I was in college and everything else we had sounded better than the Bose speakers we sold.

    Funny thing though is that the people who came in specifically asking for Bose weren't interested in how bad they sounded, they wanted that name, no matter what.

    Good job at marketing from Bose for sure.
     
  19. BlackMax macrumors 6502a

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