Troubleshooting a Popping Wireless Speakers System

If you’ve purchased a wireless speakers system and you start to have problems, there are usually a few different possible causes. The first thing to consider if your speakers show problems right away is that you’ve purchased a faulty set or simply a low-quality set. Wireless stereo speakers don’t give the same performance as a wired system, and if you’re used to the highest-quality audio, you might simply be noticing the lack of it in your new system. If that’s not the case, then there are a few other things you can check.

If your wireless speaker system is making hard popping noises or hissing sounds and you have speakers that operate on radio waves rather than infrared, the most likely cause is standard interference. If the frequency of the speakers, like 900MHz for example, comes into contact with another stream at the same frequency, that popping can occur.

The bad news is that this can happen if a car goes by with a strong signal, like a police vehicle with high-powered radio equipment, semi trucks and other vehicles. Even certain engine systems in passing vehicles can cause a moment of interference. When the source is external like this, there’s really nothing you can do about it, as there’s no way to shield your wireless speakers system from this type of interruption. That’s one of the big drawbacks of a wireless surround sound system.

But it could also be something in your home that’s causing the problem. Microwave ovens, air conditioners, furnaces, any running appliances and especially things like cordless phones and baby monitors have the potential to cause interference. The thing to do is pay close attention to when the popping or cutting out starts and try to notice what changes at that moment. Notice if it only happens when someone runs the microwave, for instance.

One of the most likely culprits is the cordless phone or any device that operates on the same radio frequency as your wireless speakers system. Note if the system pops when someone calls, when you make a call or simply when the phone is on and close to the speakers or at a certain angle from them. It can take a little time to find the culprit, but once you do at least you’ll know what it is and whether or not it’s something you can prevent. You may be able to prevent problems like this by keeping things like cell phones, baby monitors or any type of radio-controlled toys or devices away from the system, but since radio waves easily pass through walls, floors and people, you could still face interference from time to time.

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