Bluetooth Speakers and Static Interference – Troubleshooting

Bluetooth is used with speakers and headphones because it’s generally the most reliable form of connection we can use outside of using wires themselves. It’s easy, simple to operate and for the most part, it allows a good connection between your device and speakers.

But sometimes, you might notice problems with your speakers even if you’re using a Bluetooth connection. One of the most common issues that people face with their speakers is a sound of static. This can be pretty annoying. It can be pretty common when you connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to one device.

Fortunately, there’s usually something that you can do about a Bluetooth speaker that’s causing a static sound. It’s a pretty straightforward issue that can easily be resolved.

Bluetooth Speakers and Static Interference

If your Bluetooth speakers are suffering from static interrupting your music, then this could be down to interference. It could also be caused by distance, or in some cases, a low battery life. The worst case scenario is there’s some damage to your speaker itself.

But between all of the different possible causes, you’ll need to work out which one is affecting your speaker. Here’s how you can know which of them is the problem, and what you can do to fix it.

Interference from other devices

If you’ve just suddenly started getting static from your speaker, then there’s a good chance that it’s suffering from interference.

This can be caused by another other devices within a nearby proximity also using Bluetooth. Not only this, but Bluetooth and wifi use the same 2.4GHz radio frequency, meaning that a wifi device could also be affecting your Bluetooth speaker too.

This can be frustrating, and it can be difficult to try and stop the static sound coming from your speaker. Make sure that there’s no devices between your Bluetooth speaker and the device you’ve connected to it.

Solution: Switch other devices to the 5.0GHz band, make sure there’s no interference from other devices

Distance

As well as other objects getting in-between your Bluetooth signal, something else that can have an effect on the quality of your Bluetooth connection is the distance between your device and the speaker itself.

This is much more likely to be a problem with a pair of Bluetooth headphones than it is with a Bluetooth speaker. Speakers generally have a pretty long range (between 10-20m), which is one of the main reasons that we use Bluetooth as a technology. Headphones may have a shorter range than this.

But if you take your device too far away from your speakers, this is when you may begin to notice static and interference sounds coming from the speaker itself. So, make sure that the device you’re playing music on is close enough to your speaker.

Solution: Keep your phone/media player and speakers close to one another to ensure a strong connection

Battery Life

Many people aren’t aware that the battery life of your speakers can have an effect on their sound. If you let your Bluetooth speakers battery get too low, then this can cause a crackling or static sound to come from your speakers.

Why does this occur? Well, your speakers Bluetooth actually relies on the power of it’s battery to work properly. When you start to run out of battery, the Bluetooth connection will get weaker. And this is where your speakers can start to have issues.

This can cause noise in your speakers, and in some cases, it can cause the sound to cut altogether (even if you have a little bit of battery left). Lack of battery is another pretty common contributor to static noises coming from your speakers.

Solution: Keep your speakers fully charged if you want them to perform well

Software

The majority of the time, you won’t need to worry about updating the software that you use with your speakers. However, when there’s an update available, you should go ahead with it, as it’s going to ensure that the software on your speaker is the best that it can be.

This is especially noticeable if you’re using a set of Bluetooth PC speakers – some people notice problems when they’re using an older version of Windows. Generally you can troubleshoot the problem to find out where it begins with a computer.

Solution: Make sure that you keep the software on your Bluetooth speakers up to date to stop any potential problems

Faulty Bluetooth receivers

The last thing that anyone wants to hear is that their Bluetooth speakers themselves are faulty. However, if you’ve run through everything else in this list, then this may prove to be the problem.

With any technology product, there’s always a chance of it getting damaged. Unfortunately with Bluetooth speakers, they use receivers that can get damaged, although it’s pretty rare. Many speakers are designed to be pretty durable, so they can usually take a bit of wear and tear.

The main way to tell whether it’s a damaged speakers that’s causing the issue is for you to try and connect your device to another speaker. If the second speaker doesn’t work either, then you’ll know there’s an issue with the signal. But if the second speaker works just fine, then you can narrow it down to a damaged Bluetooth receiver.

Solution: If your Bluetooth receiver is damaged, then repairing it is the only way you’re going to be able to fix the issue

Bonus Tip: Re-pair

Something else that’s also worth trying if you’re having problems with your Bluetooth speaker is to repair the device with your speakers. This can completely fix the problem in some cases.

There may have been an issue when you first connected the two devices together. Simply re-pairing the two together may just be the fix you need, and it only takes a few seconds, so it’s always worth trying.

Conclusion

We’ve already witnessed this problem with Apple’s Airpods, which some users reported having issues with when in crowded areas. Using Bluetooth in crowded areas is difficult, as they could interfere with each other in built up cities – they’re all using the same wifi frequency.

Fortunately with speakers, this isn’t usually a big problem, and you have complete control over all of your devices. As long as you follow the above list, then you should be able to determine what may be causing your Bluetooth speakers to create a static sound, and what you can do to fix the problem.

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