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We bought a smashing new Samsung TV recently – 50 glorious inches of 4K loveliness. There was just one problem. Every so often, the connected soundbar would make a strange popping noise, the kind of noise you sometimes get when switching from one source to another. It was intermittent and deeply irritating – and it took a full fortnight and lots of fiddling with settings, wires and what-not to find out what was causing it.
So, if you’re suffering from random pops and clicks from your TV, here’s how I managed to stop my Samsung TV sound popping.
PLUG YOUR CABLES IN PROPERLY!
Yes, after two weeks of painful pops and after coming dangerously close to getting Currys to take the thing back, I finally discovered it was a poorly seated HDMI cable that was causing the audio to pop.
The HDMI lead was only three-quarters of the way into the socket. It looked OK to the naked eye, but when – in sheer desperation – I decided to give all the cables a firm shove, it went in by another half inch or so.
Ever since, the random pops, clicks and gurgles have been all but eliminated and the family can watch a show without wanting to lob something sharp at the television screen. Or at me. Mainly at me, in fact.
It has to be said that others have experienced similar (ahem) sounding problems and found different solutions, which in the interests of domestic harmony I share with you here.
- There’s this thread on the Samsung Community forum that comes up with several different solutions for audio popping.
- There’s another Samsung Community forum thread that seems to pin the blame on the aerial connection.
- And in the interests of completeness, there’s this official Samsung support page that deals with the TV making clicking noises when it’s turned on, although that’s a different issue that afflicts every television and isn’t a fault, as such.
I hope you find an answer to your popping problem and can watch TV in peace.
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