10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2008 4:33 PM by cbolicious
Scorch07 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
My left earbud has just started buzzing on heavier/bassier parts of songs. Anybody else experienced this or know what I should do about it?

iMac C2D 2.0ghtz, iPhone, (Hopefully MBP soon), Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Ansuz82 Level 6 Level 6 (8,265 points)
    Its probably clipping out the speaker. Does it buzz at low volume?
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    I agree with Ansuz that it's most likely clipping.
  • Scorch07 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Not as bad but it doesn't take much to do it, and I could definately go a lot louder a few days ago with no problems at all. Another thing is that I do notice it seems to stop if I push and hold it in my ear, as if the pressure is holding something down that rattles otherwise.
  • Scorch07 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Besides, if it was just clipping wouldn't it affect both of them?
  • Ansuz82 Level 6 Level 6 (8,265 points)
    If thats the case then its probable that the speaker is starting to unglue itself from the plastic casing, causing it to rattle rather than just flex.

    They are covered under your standard iPhone warranty so you can make an appointment with the Genius Bar for replacement.
  • Ansuz82 Level 6 Level 6 (8,265 points)
    Not necessarily. There could be different max decibel levels for the right and left channel.

    Again, it seems that yours are defective.
  • Scorch07 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Alright thanks, I'll see if I can get them replaced. I see what your saying about the differing channels but I guess I figure when its just the left one on every single song, it's something else.
  • Ansuz82 Level 6 Level 6 (8,265 points)
    Agreed. If its always the left channel and its doing it at a reasonable volume the bud is defective.
  • cbolicious Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Some times the buzzing happens when an ear hair or too much ear wax gets stuck inside your ear bud. I have heard of some people fixing them but I cant remember how.
  • cbolicious Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Found one guys solution.
    Here is what it says:
    So this sounds kind of weird, and nasty, but it works!

    So you take the earbud thats buzzing/has static and put your mouth around the edge (so your lips are on the rim) and suck in hard...

    Make sure your lips are pressing firm on the edge!

    This pulls the metal (thats usual dented - if you look) flat/outward...

    Usually when your earbud is buzzing/has static it is because the metal mesh is bent and touching the earbud speaker's driver. With this trick your suck the metal off therefore it is not longer touching the driver and stops buzzing!