5 Common Audio System Problems and How to Fix Them

5 Common Audio System Problems and How to Fix Them: A faulty audio system is an unwanted yet normal experience for every home. It happens every time, and most of the time the problems associated with audio systems are minor and can easily be fixed, while some can’t and thus, may require you to take them to a professional. These problems can be a result of poor maintenance or a wrong cable connection.

Fixing an audio system might sound somewhat easy, but it is more complex than you think. Sometimes even the minor faults an audio system develops can only be handled by someone who knows a lot about electronics.

They have lots of wiring, settings, component that may require special hands. And for these reasons people rarely use the audio system, they’d rather go for the ones they can easily comprehend like home theatres. Unfortunately, they do not have as many sound effects as the audio systems.

Nevertheless, these things shouldn’t give you much concern because there are easy ways out of this situation. We will be listing some of the common issues you may experience with your audio system, the causes, and how you can fix them without stress.

Common Audio System Problems & How To Fix Them

As we mentioned earlier, some of the difficulties you experience with your audio systems may be due to improper connections, settings from the television or sound speaker, burnt cables, etc.

Below are some of the common audio system problems you may encounter and how to fix them;

1. No Sound or Distorted Sound From Speakers

If you notice that your speakers or audio systems do not produce loud sounds or the sounds is distorted, here’s what you should do;

  • Check if you selected the right audio source. If you are listening to music connecting a cable to your phone, try it on the speakers to see if the setting is wrong. But if everything seems okay, the sounds are perfect on the speaker, then it could be that you connected the wrong audio source.
  • If the audio system still doesn’t sound well even after confirming you selected the right audio source, then there are possibilities that the audio cables are bad.
  • Check if the cable connection from your sound speakers or AV receiver and speakers is faulty. Most times the wires at the back of the speaker are entangled or all covered with specks of dirt. If you notice this, carefully separate the wires and clean them up with a dry cloth.
  • If the sound still isn’t restored even after doing all that, we suggest you get new amplifier cables. This might be the only possible solution.

2. Audio Does Not Work

If your speakers have no audio or sound effect or perhaps the audio surround sound effect comes from the wrong axis. If that is the case, then it is a result of the wrong placement of satellite speakers. To fix this;

Check the manual to know the right positioning for the speakers. In most cases, the wire is fixed to the wrong speakers.

All you need to do is check if the wires are connected to the right port on the speakers. If they are not, fix them correctly using the guide on the user manual.

3. Loudspeakers Emitting Humming Sounds

Start by checking the format your television surround sound uses, and make sure this format works fine on your audio system.

If the audio does not support the format, choose the right format. When you do this, change the format for surround sound to the format the audio system supports. However, if there is no issue with the format, the fault might be from the cables.

Make sure you are using the right cables. Most formats use HDMI cables and some works through RCA cables.

Find the one your audio uses. Moreso, some cables and Bluetooth do not work with speakers, so you may encounter minor problems when you play music without connecting wires.  

If at some point you notice humming sound from the sound speakers, this is what you should do:

  • Put your audio system and television or any other source on the same power point through the surge protector. Make sure the surge protector and socket can carry the current. Try not to overuse any electricals, it is very risky.
  • Check if your audio is connected to a wall socket that isn’t connected through an inverter.
  • Run a thorough check on the components to see where the fault is from. Then change the audio source to know if it is still making so much noise.
  • Also, replace your damaged cables with quality ones and check if the wires in the audio system are rightly connected to the speakers.

If you tried all that and it still doesn’t work, then it means your sound amplifier is damaged and can only be fixed with the help of a professional.

4. Music Does Not Produce Bass

If you observe that your audio system does not produce enough bass, these could be the possible causes:

  • You set your audio system to a high volume, which may, in turn, produce a distorting sound or any other sound.
  • It could be that your settings are incorrect. You may have to check all equalizer control in the source and audio system.
  • Also, check the positioning of your audio system if they are placed right. Placement of tweeter and sound speakers should be done correctly as it is shown in the user manual. If they are not placed right it could affect the sound.
  • If all has been done, go back to your cables and check if any wire is cut.
  • If there is no positive result yet, check the woofers and tweeters on your speaker for any damages. If they are damaged, get an AV service specialist for repair.

5. Audio Volume Gets Too Loud

If the volume from your TV is too loud, it’s probably from the way the audio system was placed. It may require you to change the volume regularly.

Every audio system features a Dynamic Range Control or ‘Loudness Control.’ You can try turning down the volume from there. It will help adjust the volume to normal sound, this way you won’t have to set and reset the volume each time you watch a movie on your television.


In this article, we listed some of the minor and major problems you may face in your audio system. If for any reason you begin to notice some fault from the cables, wire connections, amplifiers, you can attempt to fix it yourself following the instructions given above.

However, if the issue is from the digital-analog converter, see an expert for a solution. Better still, if your audio system has a warranty and you haven’t exceeded the number of years stated, you can return it to the company or the store you got it from in exchange for new sets of audio systems.

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