My speakers have done an odd thing for as long as I can remember. Sometimes, they'll play music perfectly fine, but sometimes, unless the volume level is sufficiently high, one or both speakers will crackle, and often play the music at a much reduced volume. When the volume gets loud enough, they both start playing perfectly again, and usually continue to play perfectly for quite a while when the volume gets soft. (Though sometimes the static comes back immediately) Often times, moving the speakers around, jiggling the cables, et cetera can cure the static for a little while, but it comes back again. I'm pretty sure it's not my stereo, despite the fact it has an 8-track player! My speakers had the same problem with my previous system. (They could plug directly into the CD player I had at the time) Today, I was getting fed up and started fiddling with them again... in the end I simply swapped the connections into the stereo, and voila! No static. Well, basically my question is this... do I need new speakers, or is there something else that could be causing this problem? Maybe it's the cables? The input on my speakers requires bare wire -- we had to strip the ends off of ordinary cables to hook them up.