Problem with my speaker's bass sound

By AdamK9
Dec 15, 2007
  1. This is a really weird situation. I walked across a carpet and then touched the volume knob on my 2.1 computer speakers to turn them down, but when I walked across the carpet I built up a static charge and when I touched the knob the charge jumped about a 1/4 of an inch and went into either the bass knob or volume knob. After that happened I heard a loud pop from the speakers and then they stopped working. I unplugged them and plugged them in and they started working again, but now the bass knob doesn't do anything, the speakers constantly pump out full bass. I have no clue what is wrong, I would have thought it would be the rheostat, but that should stand up to low current high voltage shouldn't it?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    The static charge probably "burned out" the bass control circuit. That "small" spark could have been in the 100,000 volt range. Could this damage? YES!
  3. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Hello, AdamK9, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

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    With regards to your problem, I agree with Tmagic, the static charge most likely burnt out the bass circuit.

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