Many MacBook users have noticed crackling or distorted sound coming from their speakers, which can be very annoying whether you’re listening to music, watching movies, or participating in video calls. This article explains why this happens and how to fix it for any MacBook, including the Pro and Air models.
Why are my Macbook Pro speakers crackling?
Crackling noises in MacBook speakers usually come from two main sources: hardware issues, such as physical damage from drops or moisture damaging the speaker parts, or dust blocking the speaker. speaker grille, and software issues, such as bugs in macOS, outdated audio drivers, or apps that cause audio problems. High CPU usage affecting sound quality can also be the cause of these annoying sounds.
How to Fix Crackling MacBook Pro Speakers
1. Turn down the volume and test the current app
Before you jump into more complicated solutions, try turning down the volume to see if that stops the crackling sound from your MacBook Pro or Air. If this only helps at very low volumes, test the sound with another application to check if the problem is application specific.
For example, switch from Spotify to another music app like Apple Music. If the crackling stops, the problem may be with the original app and updating it could fix your speaker issues.
2. Restart your MacBook and close unnecessary processes
To restart your MacBook, click the Apple menu and choose Reboot. Once your MacBook restarts, check if the speaker crackling issue has been resolved.
Subsequently, if the crackling persists, you can choose to close all unnecessary applications as they might overload your processor and interfere with the sound quality. To do this, double-click an app in the Dock and select To leave.
3. Change the sample rate
Sometimes the sample rate used by your speakers may be changed to an incompatible value. This can introduce crackling, distortion, and other unwanted sounds into your speaker.
Necessary time : 1 minute
Here’s how to adjust the sample rate of your speakers to possibly alleviate crackling issues.
- Press Command + spacebar then type Audio-MIDI setup and open the first result.
- Move towards MacBook Pro speakers and change the format to 44,100 Hz Or 48,000 Hz.
4. Adjust your sound settings
Some user interface sound effects may interfere with your output audio. So, you can deactivate them:
- Go to Apple Menu > System Settings.
- Move towards Her and turn it off Play UI sound effects option.
5. Clean your speaker grill
Cleaning your MacBook’s speaker grill can also solve the crackling problem. Dust or dirt can block sound waves and cause distortion. Gently brush off the dust with a soft brush or microfiber cloth. You can also use compressed air to remove stubborn particles stuck in small holes. Just be careful not to damage the speakers while you clean.
6. Update macOS to the latest version
Apple frequently releases updates that fix bugs and improve MacBook performance. Updating your copy of macOS also ensures that your audio drivers stay up to date and compatible with your system.
- To update your copy of macOS, go to Apple Menu > System Settings.
- Then click on General > Software Update.
- Check for available updates and, if applicable, click Update now and follow the instructions to install them.
If no update is available but you know it should be, check out our dedicated guide to find out how to fix it.
Can you damage Mac speakers?
Yes, Mac speakers can be damaged if they are exposed to moisture, very hot or very cold temperatures, or if you play music too loudly for too long. Dropping or not handling your MacBook carefully can also damage the speakers inside. Playing loud music, especially with lots of bass or high frequencies for a long time, can cause parts of the speaker such as the diaphragm or voice coil to tear or overheat, causing the speaker to crackle or distort. her.
Do Macbook speakers degrade over time?
MacBook speakers may wear out over time due to regular use and environmental factors such as humidity, temperature, dust, or direct sunlight. Normally, they should last several more years with good sound quality. To keep your speakers working properly for as long as possible, keep your MacBook in a cool, dry place, avoid turning the volume all the way up, and clean the speaker grills from time to time.
How do I know if my speakers exploded?
If your speakers have burned out, you may notice the following signs:
- Your speakers emit no sound or extremely low sound, even at high volume levels.
- Your speakers are generating distorted, crackling, buzzing, or hissing noises that are unrelated to the audio source.
- Your speakers are creating clicking or vibrating noises, suggesting loose or damaged internal components.
- Your speakers smell burning or smoking due to overheating or a short circuit.
If you suspect your speakers have exploded, stop using them immediately and contact Apple Support or an authorized service provider for repairs or replacements. For further questions and comments, please leave a comment in the section below. Thanks for reading!