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    Speaker Help

    Hi, just had 4 speakers and amplifier installed. After the install, the person who installed it showed it to me and it's capabilities. Upon leaving, I hopped into the car to leave and noticed there was a clicking noise coming from all 4 speakers. Told the guy, he had a fiddle with the settings on the amp and suddenly the front didn't have a clicking noise, only the read did.

    The noise itself is a ticking sound, and is heard when the volume is on 0-30 (min-max, tested using 3.5mm & no music, it cannot be heard when there is music being played.

    If anyone could help me out or point me in the right direction, it'd be greatly appreciated.







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    Re: Speaker Help

    Little update on this:

    Tested ground for amp: repositioned in current spot, chose new spot, sanded to bare metal, ran some 8ga straight to negative terminal, still the problem persists.

    Is there anyway I could test if it's the amp? It's currently using high level output just so I wouldn't have to use a LOC.




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    Re: Speaker Help

    You could try it with a different source. If you know someone else with a 4 channel, you could swap it into their setup and see. Personally I would bring it back to the installepr if you paid him to do it. Another way to test if you have a male 3.5mm to male rca splitter would be to hook a phone or mp3 player to the amp and put 12v on the remote and see if the popping is still there.



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    Re: Speaker Help

    Okay, the RCA on the amp has a configuration like this:

    Ch4 Ch1 Ch1
    Ch3 Ch2 Ch2

    To hook up the splitter, the 3.5mm into the phone/mp3 and the 2 males into CH 1 and CH 1(?) while the speakers are still in the high level inputs?

    The installer recommends I use a brand name amplifier, current using a ds18 1800.4 as I'm on a budget.




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    Re: Speaker Help

    Test 1&2 together then 3&4 without the speaker level connected. If its a low quality amp that could be your problem. Start the test with the volume down on the mp3 then raise it to check for the popping. If he didn't set the gain properly it may be clipping the signal.



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    Stop testing and fixing things yourself. Go straight back to that installer and tell him to finish the **** job. Since you paid someone else to install its their problem to fix issues like this, not yours, if he refuses to fix it call up your credit card company and file a chargeback.



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    Re: Speaker Help

    Definitely will, am going to get him to try my clarion xr2410 in with the speakers and if it eliminates the noise then we know it's the amp. If it is the amp, I'm going to try a LOC. Some people say high level input causes noise, some say RCA's cause noise, confusing.




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    Re: Speaker Help

    I'm with Knowmadic on this.. You pay for an install,.. it needs to be right. End of story. I wouldn't have left the place with the noise,.. which is part of the reason I install myself,.. but also because install prices are so outrageous most of the time.

    But for troubleshooting.. this has pretty much been said already -- But I'd swap the RCA's from front and rear.. See if the noise follows the RCA cable,.. or stays on the same channel. If it follows the RCA cable that is moved, then it's likely the cable. If not.. it's Amp, Speakers, or Wiring of course.

    A ground loop eliminator would likely get rid of the noise ($5-$15) , but doesn't solve the underlying problem.

    Bottom line, take it back.. don't be a jerk.. but be firm enough to not let the store get away with noise in the system. Even if they have to put new parts in.. it's their problem not yours.

    I don't know the situation with your parts -- If you brought your own amp, and they put in other parts... they will try to blame any part that is *yours*.. Call them on it,.. tell them the amp was fine before it was installed (if it was yours).. and to test it with one of their amps. If their amp is clean, they just figured out the problem for you. If you bought ALL the stuff from them, cheap or not.. It needs to be 100% perfect and noise free.. no if, ands, or but's..

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    Re: Speaker Help

    Does the noise seem to change with the RPM's of the engine?

    Is it noticeable with the engine off?




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    Re: Speaker Help

    3.5MM jack issue, try another source using a diff jack. does it do it when a cd is playing?




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    Re: Speaker Help

    The noise is there ONLY when the car is on, no matter the circumstance. IE CD FM AM AUX, it is there at all volumes, including at complete 0. The ticking gets faster when I go from a stop to moving, when the car starts moving there is an audible whine also.

    If I have the car off and turn the deck on, there is no noise and the audio is clear and crisp.




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    Re: Speaker Help

    earth your rca's, check your alt




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    Re: Speaker Help

    Didn't use RCA's, amp had high level inputs. Planned on trying RCA's to see if it would get rid of the problem.




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    Re: Speaker Help

    unplug the speaker inputs and plug some rca's into the amp and try play something from your phone or ipod straight to the amp.

    check headunit earth also




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    Re: Speaker Help

    Yeah I just ordered a male to 2 male splitter. So when I do plug it in and play music from my iphone/ipod, what should I be listening for if the speaker inputs have been disconnected?




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