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I recently replaced my interface (that had two headphone jacks and volume pots) with a new interface that only has one of each. My next move was to pull my 13-year-old Rolls HA-43 headphone amp out of the box-o-cables-and-stuff. I noticed that there's a crackling noise audible when you change the volume on any of the sliders.

Here's the weird part: This happens on all of them. (Will double-check that it's all four channels, and not just the first two.) In the same way. And I'm fairly certain that it didn't used to make that noise.

What might have caused this? Is it worthwhile to diagnose and fix, or should I just toss it out and buy a new one?

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Volume knobs have a tendency to get "scratchy" over time. This is caused by corrosion and dirt in the inner workings.

It's definitely worth fixing. You can get a can of DeoxIT contact cleaner for about $15.

Just unplug the unit, open the case and spray the backs of the potentiometers. Usually there is a small hole where you can use the tube that comes with the DeoxIT to get the insides really good. Turn all the knobs all the way up and down. Let it dry completely before plugging it back in.

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Will try it, thanks. –  neilfein May 2 '11 at 4:17
    
Sprayed the faders tonight; they're the open kind, so I sprayed the sides gently and worked the faders forward and back. Will let it dry overnight and try it out in the morning and report back. –  neilfein May 4 '11 at 6:01
    
The store had two different kinds of DeoxIT, one that was $10 and another "gold" DeoxIT that was $15. I got the cheaper one, but is there any significant difference between the two? –  neilfein May 4 '11 at 6:03
    
I really don't know what the difference is. I got the cheaper one to do the knobs on an old Kenwood amp which I use for my monitors, but I have not gotten the chance to use it yet. –  Friend Of George May 4 '11 at 13:47
    
It worked, on all four faders. Thanks! –  neilfein May 5 '11 at 5:05

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