audio – MBP 2016: Sound Popping

I can’t find any definitive answers on a fix to the sound popping present on my MBP 2016 – running Big Sur 11.1. Outside of an acknowledged bug, does anyone have any guidance on a fix?

Symptoms:

  • After unknown trigger, popping or cracking sound when playing music through the MBP 2016 speakers

Solutions Investigated:

  • I’ve seen references to power-levels, but on AC Power with a 100% battery it still occurs
  • Killing coreaudiod seems to help, but not eliminate, the pops

Thank you