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This is SO mysterious! Not to mention frustrating. So, my stereo HU was stolen last month. Then I go and buy a new one from Best Buy online, not a Pioneer Premier, but a top of the line Pioneer. Great. I go to an audio specialist place, and they put it in, easy peasy. Re-hook everything back up, and I'm on my way. Except I suddenly notice at higher volumes, even just slightly higher, the tweeters crackle on higher notes.

It's also coming from the other speakers, too. So I've gone back, and they found my crossovers had rust on them, from the numbnutz who installed it in the door. So, they thought it was that, and started to put a new crossover in on my passenger door. Tested it, and it still crackled and popped. Turn it up louder, and it crunches then shuts to mute.

Tested a different HU. Still does it. Thought maybe it was my biggest amp...but then we discovered when I faded it to just the right side, it didn't crackle. But make it on the right, and the middle, there it goes again. Totally weird, and the guys there have NO idea what it could be!

Maybe the crossovers on the driver's side causing it all ? But the whole system was fine before the HU was stolen. Why me? Damn. Anyone have any ideas at all what could be going on ??
 

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Have you been in behind the radio yourself or just going on what the shop has told you about what they did and how things were fixed? Was any wiring damaged when the old unit was stolen? I would start by swaping the left and right RCA's either behind the radio or at the amp and see if your crackling problem changes sides. If it does then you have a damaged RCA or where it runs is not ideal, if it doesnt then the problem is either amplifier related or after it in the chain. Next step would be to swap the actual speaker outputs from the amp and see if sides with the crackle change. If they do then the amp is bad, if not its after the amp... What kind of amp is it anyway?
 

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Problem solved! The audio place is really good, and I watched what they did most the time. Guy's been doing it 25 years that worked on the car. Funny thing, he was on the right track, but it was the wrong side. Turns out that on my side, the driver's side, when the music got cranked, the metal on the speakers bowed, and was touching a metal plate where the crossover was...thanks to the dumbass installer who first did the job getting sloppy. It's strange it hadn't happened before, really. But since I was in an accident recently, that might've made it happen more. So, he fixed that, and voila! Music with no crackle! Yay!!!
It was like detective work, though! sheesh!
 
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