The first step is diagnostic—isolate the source of the problem before proceeding with random “solutions.” I would start with figuring out if it is from both or one channel. Preferably, use a mono recording where you hear a problem and, if you have a balance control, swing the balance from one side to the other and listen for a difference. If you don’t have a balance control, try sitting much closer, and in the direct path of one speaker, then the other, to listen for differences. The best approach would be to do switching at one end of the system until you find the culprit. I suggest starting at the CD player. When switching interconnects, it is best to have the system turned off or the volume all the way down. Pull one channel and listen to just one channel. Then do the same to listen to the other channel. If the problem is in one channel, now switch the single channel left to right to see if the problem moves to a different channel; if it does, it is the CD player or its interconnect that is the source of the problem. If it doesn’t it is something downstream. If the problem is in both channels, it will be hard to definitely isolate the problem without trying other gear to see if the problem goes away. If you have determined it is not the CD player, do the switching routine to determine if the problem is the amp or the speakers. For this step, avoid playing with one speaker disconnected from the amp (tube amps don’t like this). Hopefully you will hear any difference with both speakers playing, If switching left and right speakers does cause the problem to switch channels, it is the speakers at fault.
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