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    I just bought a new pair of SONY headphones (about $20AUD) for my Creative MP3 player. These are the 'stick in your ear' ones and I have noticed that sometimes when i'm playing songs I hear this 'click'. Its like static is almost being released, its really quite sometimes, sometiems it dosn't even happen, other times its a loud click and thats it for a while. I also notice on some tracks it might click constintley, and on others not click at all! It is not caused by me moving around, because this also happens when i'm just sitting still (this is actually when I notice the clicking the most) so I am very sure that its not a faulty connection.

    I'm a bit confused as to why this is happening! Is it the headphones? Is it the MP3 player? Is it static?
    (i can't return headphones since i've thrown out box and lost receipt but i'm not too fussed they were only $17.95).

    Any explination would be great!


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    It could be a number of things but generally speaking it's a bad contact somewhere. It could also be a half-broken segment of conductor in the wires. Sometimes it's corrosion at the contacts in the headphone jack. It doesn't take much movement to cause "contact-slippage" and thus the momentary crackling. Other explanations might be bad/faulty construction of the coils in the headphones.
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    NSA listening in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
    NSA listening in...
    They're doing that in foreign countries now? Hey! My tax dollars are only there to fund them illegally listening in on US citizens.
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    Are there black heliocopters in the sky?

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    It's got a spider's nest inside.
    A friend of mine bought a tree from IKEA, and the same thing happened!

    Take it outside and burn it before they hatch and crawl out!

    (Sorry, I just had to throw in another urban legend.)

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    A click? Probably whoever ripped your mp3 did a crappy job. Go play it on another speaker/headphones, if it's the mp3, it'll still be there.

    If you're not playing mp3's and it's on a cd player, then it might be the headphones.

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    If it could be clipping of the audio signal if the MP3s are recorded with the level set too high. It could be that you are overdriving the speakers if it only happens at high volume.

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    Have you ever picked up the phone to make a call, sneezed, and heard a faint "bless you" in the dial tone....?

    It's probably the MP3 itself. See if it consistently happens with the same songs.

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    Would that be an "evil" clicking?
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    I hope its not the MP3! I actually did replace it because the battery cover was loose on the other one. I'm hoping its just the phones, although i do also suspect some of the mp3 files may be the cause, wheater they have not been transferred probalby or as someone said were too high volume or something. I'll try these headphones out on a stereo or something to see if the same thing happens.

    Oh and when i'm playing some songs its not at a loud volume always on the Mp3 player 'volume' leval but i think its the leval that was recorded when i transfered it on. If its the player, return and replace ....again.

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    Oh I might add, I copied m songs and folders through explorer onto the mp3 drive, i did not use the program. could this be the cause of poor quality play and/or clicking? Just trying to work out if it is headphones or MP3 player, if its the heapdphones pfft easily and cheaply replaced just hoping its not mp3!


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    If you're me then the clicking is your heart rate chest belt signal being picked up by the player

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    Oh I might add, I copied m songs and folders through explorer onto the mp3 drive, i did not use the program. could this be the cause of poor quality play and/or clicking?
    Possibly but unlikely. Does your player require the music file to be re-encoded? If so then simply copying the file may not provide optimal results. If your player doesn't care then just copying the file should be fine. Some players do require the file to be specially re-encoded using its own music managment software or else the file can't even be played at all. I'm assuming that if you're able to get any play off the file then you're okay.
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    khuon - it dosn't require to be encoded. Although i use the program (creative media organiser) to transfer cd files to mp3 (at 128kbps). The quality of the files i am transfering are 128, and what happend was I had transfered files to the player (in folders and organiserd them), then copied the whole drive onto a backup folder temporaryly on the computer since i needed to change the player. then i got the new player and copied it back onto the player drive so i didn't have to re-do the whole 'folders and files' and organise it all again. i'm hoping its the headphones...

    It almost sounds like its s tatic discharge or something? Is this possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigmode
    Would that be an "evil" clicking?
    dont look too hard

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    Oh I might add, I copied m songs and folders through explorer onto the mp3 drive, i did not use the program. could this be the cause of poor quality play and/or clicking? Just trying to work out if it is headphones or MP3 player, if its the heapdphones pfft easily and cheaply replaced just hoping its not mp3!

    Play the original file on your computer. See if the click occurs at the same time...

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    I often find that the MP3's recorded volume level affects the quality of the sound. If I crank my player's volume to the max, I'll get crackling only when bass kicks in.

    I think it's because the low bass frequencies, when artificially raised -- by cranking up your volume -- the headphones can't translate the sound correctly, thus the crackling. I think a headphone amp would attenuate/process the raised volume level correctly.

    Try setting your player's volume in the middle and incrementally raising it to the point where you won't hear crackling, unless you raise it one more notch.
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    Ok well heres good news, the SONY headphones have carced it (the left one is louder then the right one), faulty wiring I guess, would return it but lost receipt but they were only $17AU so thats not a big deal. I tried on the creative headphones provided with the Mp3 player and i can still here the 'crack/crackling' noise on CERTAIN tracks. I will try transfering those tracks back over through the program supplied (recommended way) and let you all know if its any better. I will set quality to 128kbps as usual.

    So the headphones wern't the problem here at least. (what i might add is its not a real CRACK sound its more a 'crackling' sort of, try turning your computer screen off you'll know what i mean although very faint. Its not a problem when doing things like riding, walking, running, outdoor stuff, on a train etc. but when just sitting down at night or something when its quite it is very noticalbe and annoying although its not a regular problem always...'i must crack the case' *boom tish*)

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    Well I now have inside information into this clicking...i can confirm that:

    1. The 'clicking' noise is NOT the headphones.
    2. the 'clicking' noise is a CLICK, whether it is soft or loud it changes.
    4. It happens on certain tracks and at the SAME time on each track, so its some parts of the track it will ALWAYS happen.


    Q - I dont know why this happens, the tracks were all ripped from the same c.d. and all the same birate (quality). This noise dosn't happen when song is played on stereo/computer. Any more expert adive??

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigmode
    Would that be an "evil" clicking?
    Not to my knowlege, he appeared quite friendly actually

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    4. It happens on certain tracks and at the SAME time on each track, so its some parts of the track it will ALWAYS happen.


    Q - I dont know why this happens, the tracks were all ripped from the same c.d. and all the same birate (quality). This noise dosn't happen when song is played on stereo/computer. Any more expert adive??
    OK, I got lost here. Do you mean it ALWAYS clicks when you play the mp3 file with the portable player, but NEVER clicks when you play the same mp3 file with your computer? Can you plug your mp3 player to your computer speakers and play the tracks there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha
    OK, I got lost here. Do you mean it ALWAYS clicks when you play the mp3 file with the portable player, but NEVER clicks when you play the same mp3 file with your computer? Can you plug your mp3 player to your computer speakers and play the tracks there?

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    The 'clicks' happen at the same time on certain tracks on the Mp3 player always. When I play the file on the computer, it is hardly noticable. ALTHOUGH when I play them on the computer, or off the original CD, with HEADPHONES in, i can pick up the clicking sound!! And I know its not the headphones since i've tried a few. So its not the MP3 player, not the headphones, its the track but i've never picked it up.

    Do you think this is because of the design on the headphones? the 'stick in your ear' type ones? I seem to be able to pick up a lot more sounds with them, seems I am more sensitive with hearing with them since they're write in my ear..???

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    i think i know the noise your hearing. It happens when i play my music too loud through my ipod headphones. I think,al;though not sure that bc i wear them to the gym,when i run/bike,the sweat gets into the headphones and messes them up. But this does mean i need new headphones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    just toss the things... they're crap... buy these

    http://www.headphone.com/products/he...ser-hd-201.php
    Yea, im sure those would be the most useful when doing an activity . If you wanted a recommendation on dj headphones my bro could really help you out(he is infact a dj). But bottom line, you will have to splurge around the 40-50 dollar mark for quality headphones.
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