Wireless home theater system

Once you've installed your wireless home theater system, you can sit back and enjoy your hard work with a movie and popcorn while immersed in 7.1 surround sound speakers. But if something seems to be working incorrectly, then it's time to get the tools out and start the whole troubleshooting process. If you're speakers aren't working, before you take it to the manufacturer, you should try to see if you can resolve the issue yourself. Even if you're not that knowledgeable about technology, trying to find the root cause of a situation yourself can save you money, time and stress that may occur during the process. Wireless home theater systems are similar in that they all have receivers, speakers and a home theater transmitter. The receiver acts as the central hub where every signal is passed through and sent to their designated devices. Of course the speakers produce the cinema-like sound that so many people desire, and the transmitter is what allows the speakers to work without wires. But if sound isn't coming out properly, here are a few troubleshooting tips that'll help you find the root cause.

Start with the easy stuff

Your subwoofers are usually wired so any sound issues that may arise can possibly be attributed to a connection issue. But first, it's a good idea to start off with simple causes for the problem to your wireless home theater system before you go too far. Simple issues concerning sound include:

  • Is the mute button on?
  • Is your volume turned all the way down?

When something as complex and expensive as a wireless home theater starts malfunctioning, it's easy to panic and forget about the little things.

puzzleCredit: daniel wildman

A little more complex

Next you'll want to make sure all your settings are correct. You can do this with the remote and just ensuring the A/V receiver is at the right input mode. This is yet another simple cause that maybe the reason you're not hearing sound, but wireless home theater systems can have different modes like a demonstration mode that can prevent any sound from coming through your wireless speakers. If you have a Sony home theater system, it may have a test tone feature that you can use to identify which speaker isn't working properly. Basically what this does is test each speaker individually by emitting sound from it, if one speaker doesn't emit any sound then that's the speaker you need to deal with.

Call in the professionals

If after all that you're still not hearing any sound from one or more of your wireless speakers, then it's time to get some professional help (probably for you and the home theater). These troubleshooting steps will at least give you more information to give to the manufacturer concerning your specific problem. Additionally, when checking the transmitter itself for possible reasons sound isn't being produced, if you see a red light appearing or the transmitter is flashing, that's an indication your transmitter is the source of the problem. When buying electronics, it's always a good idea check out for paid warranties and insurance programs that might save you a bit of money if having to return a product.

image by daniel wildman/stock.xchng