Hey Trendy, I appreciate your input here as well. Yes they will be used gently for sure. Funny thing is, now I wonder if its the receiver since both speakers exhibit the same cracking. Now mind you, I just played the song with the cracking and I don't even hear it any more. Must be that I am not turning it up and I am not looking for it.
Input source is iPod through RCA now. And as I sit and critically listen to many songs, I can find quite a few songs that have subpar recording. Even billboard top 40 songs, I can hear things that should not be there like breathing before the lyrics come in. I guess everything new is digital and downloaded songs are rarely being listened to on bigger speakers, most people will never hear these imperfections.
Yes, I remember reading about switching components from left and right speakers to isolate the damaged part. Hopefully,, I will never have to do this and just get to enjoy the $60 purchase.
Thanks and if anyone has more feedback, do chime in.