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Old 06-28-2011, 07:47 AM
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Whenever I listen to my Zune with it charging (not a Zune charger, but a nice 4-usb port one), I get a mild popping noise through my earphones.

Does this happen with all Zunes, or is it my charger? If so, is it harming my Zune?
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:44 AM
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Idrk much about this, but it will probably hurt your Zune (most likely kill the battery) if its too high voltage. I think the official Zune charger is 4.9V, but im not sure. I get a light (and breif) popping noise when i turn the sound down between 0 and 1 volume. Also when it restarts. If you have this too are they the same?
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A "popping" sound can also hurt your headphones over time and if it's real strong once could do the trick :/
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:55 PM
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I get a light (and breif) popping noise when i turn the sound down between 0 and 1 volume. Also when it restarts. If you have this too are they the same?
I have this too, but that's not it. It's a constant quiet-but-enough-to-be-annoying pop.

Should I get an official charger?
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Read your chargers. I am 99% sure that you will see that the current is rated at 1000mAh or 1Ah. That's twice the current output of a computer usb port (500mAh). My cheap as hell charger that I have is this way, and it messes with the screen so that I can't really do anything with it if it's plugged in this way. If this is the case, don't worry about it harming your Zune. I use mine all the time and it still has pretty much the same battery life. Because of the funk with the screen, I don't use it while it's plugged in, so I don't know if it makes a popping noise or not.
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Huh. When I got my Zune, I recieved a cheap charger that did the weird screen-funk thing. I never used it again as it scared me.

The charger I've been using (not the cheap one) doesn't freeze up or do anything to my Zune. It works normally and perfectly, except the odd popping noise. Well, I'm glad I probably have nothing to worry about.
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Whenever I listen to my Zune with it charging (not a Zune charger, but a nice 4-usb port one), I get a mild popping noise through my earphones.
Might be an electrical arc between your ears. Does it make you warm and fuzzy all over?
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The charger I've been using (not the cheap one) doesn't freeze up or do anything to my Zune. It works normally and perfectly, except the odd popping noise. Well, I'm glad I probably have nothing to worry about.
Hmmm... Did you buy it online? Do you have a link you could share with me or info like what brand it is and what store you bought it from? I really want one that leaves my Zune usable while charging.
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Hmmm... Did you buy it online? Do you have a link you could share with me or info like what brand it is and what store you bought it from? I really want one that leaves my Zune usable while charging.
I got it from Wal-Mart.

I found it online also. It's from Music Power called the Quartet
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I got it from Wal-Mart.

I found it online also. It's from Music Power called the Quartet
Thanks so much, man! If this really doesn't make my screen flip out, that'll be so sweet. Thanks again!
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I have the official V1 Zune charger (5V, 1.5A), and it as well makes the screen behave in a weird way. In fact, I think the behaviour is not due to the design or the output of the charger, I believe the behaviour is due to the charger messing with the ground potential of the device. It seems when the user is insulated from the device (even a very thin silicone case will decouple the device from the user), the capacitive touch screen is prevented from working properly. The easy solution is to remove the case (if you have one), and constantly touch the metal back of the device while using it. I can use the device 100% while charging, as long as I'm in contact with the metal back of the device.

As for the popping sound, it may be caused by static discharges messing with the headphones. The driver inside the headphone is (by design) extremely sensitive to changes in electric currents, and any small static charges in your clothes etc. may find a path to ground via the headphones and the device (which is connected to ground through the wall socket and the charger), causing a popping sound.

Let me know if this helps.

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Yea... The first part you said isn't the same as what I'm talking about. I'm well aware of the case issue. When my Zune is plugged in, it doesn't just flicker a little like what you're describing. There are phantom presses (around where the plus sign is normally on the media menu) and that's what makes it unusable.
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Your original post doesn't say anything about phantom touches, just talks about the screen acting all funky. This is precisely what the screen does with the charger plugged in. Granted, I don't get the phantom touch behaviour you are decscribing, but I still get multiple touches per second around the place the finger is on the screen at the time. This makes sliding gestures impossible, and pretty much renders the device useless.

Anyways, you could consider one of these:

as an alternative to saxmaster's charger. They can be had on ebay for less than $5. I've had one for a year now with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It is a bit on the large side, but the quality and price can't be matched.
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@anlin, yes, my full description is in another thread somewhere down the page. Thanks for trying to help, but I think I'm going to go with the quartet because I could use the extra ports.
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The Quartet is now being sold on ThinkGeek here.

In different news, the popping noise was not actually the charger's fault. It was actually interference of some form from a fan I have running when I sleep (I can't sleep well in complete silence). When I turn my fan off, the popping stops.
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Oh, I've also noticed lately that when the volume on the player is turned up very high, it gives a popping sound when changing volume, even if not playing anything at the time.
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Oh, I've also noticed lately that when the volume on the player is turned up very high, it gives a popping sound when changing volume, even if not playing anything at the time.
Yes. I also have noticed this.
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