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Re: Sega Genesis audio crackle

by bmoc Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:14 pm

samsonlonghair wrote:Sounds like you're describing "dirty power sound" which is an issue I run into during mobile DJing sometimes. I can usually trace it to a grounding issue. If the power supply is not grounded properly, it can cause a "dirty" sound in the speakers. High power speakers are more susceptible to this than low power speakers.

I'm thinking this as well. An easy test would be to get or borrow a ground loop isolator. They aren't very expensive. If a ground loop isolator gets rid of the noise then it is very likely the power supply or power outlet.
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Re: Sega Genesis audio crackle

by Sarge Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:33 pm

I'll give that a go, then. I've also uploaded a video, to give an idea what it sounds like. The crackle is right at the beginning, but you can hear the low-level audio hiss throughout. (There's a little from my phone, but it's mostly from the TV speaker.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNide4z0EQE
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Re: Sega Genesis audio crackle

by Sarge Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:57 pm

Well, quick update: definitely not a ground loop. The isolator did nothing. It's either right from the chip, or perhaps a sketchy surface-mount cap on that path. Reckon I'll be performing the S-Video mod on a different Genesis in that case. Too bad, too, given that I recapped this one. :(
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Re: Sega Genesis audio crackle

by strangenova Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:49 pm

I know you said you recapped this one, but I had a genesis with the same bad audio problems and I got it recapped and it solved my problem. Maybe check the recap job you did.
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Re: Sega Genesis audio crackle

by Sarge Sun May 01, 2016 9:27 am

I just find it odd that, despite swapping every electrolytic cap, the behavior is identical to how it started. This indicates to me that it's not those caps that were the problem. I'll do some checking, but I'm pretty sure I've isolated it to one section of the board, so I'll debug that when I get a chance.
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