Poor sound quality from product
If you experience distortion, crackling, static, noise or unexpected poor sound quality from your product:
Be sure the system is set up properly and all connections are secure.
A connection may have come loose or may be connected incorrectly. For more info, see Setting up your product
Run the ADAPTiQ audio calibration to optimize the sound of your system.
Since different environments affect how sound is heard, use ADAPTiQ can calibrate you system. It listens to how your speakers sound in your room, then adjusts the sound as needed to optimize sound quality. For more info, see ADAPTiQ system setup and deactivation
Turn up the volume of the connected device.
Set the device volume to 90–100% to send a strong signal to your product. Then, use your product to adjust the volume level.
Check the bass and treble controls for your product.
Be sure the bass and treble adjustments are not set too high or too low for your preferences. For more info, see Adjusting the tone controls on your product
Check if your speaker placement follows the recommendations for your system.
The placement of the speaker within the area affects how your hear sound from the speakers. For more info, see Speaker placement and positioning
Reset your system
A reset is used to correct occasional product issues. It is not something that a product should require repeatedly. For more info, see Resetting your product
If connecting to a Windows computer via Bluetooth®, be sure the Stereo audio profile is selected.
On your Windows computer, click the speaker icon In the lower-right to view the volume slider. Click the ^ above the volume slider to view a list of available audio devices. (Tip: If your Bluetooth product is not connected, the ^ may not appear.) Your product will appear twice: once with Stereo or A2DP next to it and once with Hands-Free or HSP next to it. For full-range audio quality, select the Stereo listing.
Try a different audio device.
Connect and play another audio device through your product. This can help determine if the issue is isolated to the first device.
Try connecting a different audio device.
If available, connect another audio device using the same cables and connections to determine if the issue is related to the first device or its settings.
Check for sources of interference.
Electronics can pick up interference from other electronics connected to the same power circuit or connected within close proximity. Try disconnecting the power cord from any such nearby electronics (i.e. laptop/phone charger, TV, cable box, seasonal lights, microwave, etc.). If the issue is resolved, try connecting the device or your product to a different power circuit or farther away.
Check the condition of the speaker wires and be sure they are secure at both ends.
Check the speaker wires for any kinks, scratches, cuts or damage. Replace any damaged wires and check that they are securely connected at both ends.
If the issue occurs with a certain source, select it below for more help.
Streaming music service from the Bose app
Another device (i.e. Blu-ray player, game system, tablet, etc.)