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If you are new to the world of home audio, you may want to learn how to fix a speaker. Even the best speakers, after all, are susceptible to all manner of repair and maintenance issues. So what are the common problems that impact home speakers, and what are the best troubleshooting steps? Keep reading to find out.
The truth is that each speaker is different with its own common repair issues. For some models, you’ll have to learn how to recone speakers; for others, you’ll simply have to stay on top of downloading audio drivers. Others will require you to learn how to make speaker boxes should the exterior become damaged. Alternatively, you may also be experiencing connection issues when trying to connect a soundbar to a projector. In that case, it could be a user error. But overall, you get the idea. There is no universal solution for fixing all speakers, which is the same as when learning how to fix car speakers.
Be sure to clean your speakers and avoid allowing the cone to come into contact with sharp objects.
However, there are some handy troubleshooting steps to consider that solve a vast majority of simple speaker issues.
The first thing you need to do is check on every single cable and cord running to and from the speakers. You’d be surprised just how often a speaker malfunction comes down to a damaged or frayed cable. Inspect the entire length of each cable for damage, especially if you have pets or if you have recently moved furniture around. Also, cables can fail without any exterior damage. Troubleshoot this by replacing every cable one at a time with a new one and seeing if it fixes the issue.
Wireless speakers may not even have cables, aside from a power cable, but they still require audio drivers to function and interact with your various audio sources. This is especially true of modern speakers, such as smart speakers. Head online per the instructions that accompanied your speakers and download any available audio drivers. Make a habit of doing this twice a year or so, as out-of-date drivers can lead to all kinds of weird problems.
Out-of-date drivers can cause several issues with your speakers, so be sure to keep them updated.
When a speaker’s internal fuse blows, it won’t be able to power on. If this is your issue, open up the speaker cabinet and look for the fuse. Switch out this fuse with an appropriate replacement as indicated by the instructions that came with your speakers. By the same token, check the fuse at your circuit breaker if your speakers won’t power on.
STAT: A “blown speaker” is one that doesn’t work right or doesn’t work at all. It’s an umbrella phrase that encompasses several problems that could cause a speaker to sound unpleasant or go silent. (source)