surface noise

noun Audio.
  1. extraneous noise caused by physical wear or a physical flaw on a phonograph record or in a pickup system, rather than by a flaw in the equipment.

Origin of surface noise

First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for surface noise

surface noise

noun
  1. noise produced by the friction of the needle or stylus of a record player with the rotating record, caused by a static charge, dust, or irregularities on the surface of a record
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