05-23-2006 07:50 AM
OK, so like many others, I have a bum set of Z2200s sitting around. The crackle problem comes from the remote control, as many have surmised. I have swapped a Z2300 remote onto my Z2200s and there is no crackle. This is good because I prefer the look and sound of the Z2200s.
So what to do with the extra speakers with the bum remote? I tried surgery: I touched all the solder points in the remote with a soldering iron to fix any cold solder joints but it made no difference. I opened the potentiometer up and flicked out the metal contacts on either side of the plastic disc inside as described in the old forums, but other than breaking the pins that hold the pot onto the circuit board, it made no difference. Maybe I didn't do it right, who knows, but the crackle was the same after.
My low tech solution has been to convert to mono which is cheap, easy, and while sub-optimal for sound, is better than nothing. Besides, that sub still works so it sounds pretty good.
- I put a mono converter between my music player and the remote's green mini-jack
- I connected both satellite speakers to the right channel on the sub using a male-> 2 female RCA splitter
As I am using the second set of speakers for low-level background music, mono doesn't offend me too much and I have twice as many "working" speakers as before. As I already had the above-mentioned cables/connectors sitting around in a box, the solution was free, for me. [Sidenote: I believe there are stereo-mono minijack converters out there somewhere but I don't know. For some reason, I had a male mono minijack->2 female RCA splitter and a 2 female RCA->female stereo minijack splitter, so i connected them with RCA patch cables as a mono converter... it's huge but it works and it was free and I am cheap]
As a footnote, it is a real shame that Logitech does not provide replacement parts for speakers! I imagine they lost a lot of money on Z2200s because they couldn't just ship replacement remotes.
06-26-2006 09:19 PM
1. Have The customer disconnect the Control Pod from the Sub by unscrewing the 2 Retaining Screws.
A.) you can have them disconnect the rest of the connections and clean them too. (optional)
2. Start with the Volume control in the Low volume position
3. Ask the customer to turn the Volume control from Low to high, and then Firmly Tap the Volume knob a couple of times.
Repeat step about 5 or 6 times
4. Press every button on the Pod (there are not many so this is a quick step)
5. Hold the Power button down for 20 seconds
6. Reattach and test
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05-28-2010 01:06 PM
well i see the control pods on ebay...mines crackle as well i'm thinking about buying a pod myself because i'm sure mines is past the warranty..(my right side crackles)