Trouble With an Altec Lansing ADA885 D

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Trouble With an Altec Lansing ADA885 D
The best music comes from quality speakers. (Chad Baker/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Altec Lansing ADA885D speakers are a 4.1 speaker system for music lovers and/or gaming pros. Problems and issues may occur with the Altec Lansing ADA885D speakers that can be addressed from home. The most common issues are related to set-up and audio files.

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No Sound

If there is no sound playing from the speakers, the S/PDIF cable may not be connected to the DVD playback card. Connect the S/PDIF cable, and see to it that the software drivers on the computer are set to the correct output. Also, make sure the right speaker is properly connected, because it is the control speaker. If it is not properly connected, none of the speakers will work correctly.

Trouble With an Altec Lansing ADA885 D
The best music comes from quality speakers. (Chad Baker/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Subwoofer Issues

Often, the subwoofer may make a loud humming noise. The signal cable may not be correctly in the signal jack on the subwoofer itself. If no sound is coming from the subwoofer at all, first make sure the volume level is high. Then press the diagnostic button on the back of the speakers, as this will test all the speakers including the subwoofer and restore them to their factory settings. Some music files have little low frequency content, and therefore the issue is not the speakers or subwoofer, but the music file itself. (WAV files tend to encounter this issue.)

Distorted Sound

If the audio coming from the speakers is distorted and not playing correctly, this is a sign of one of two things. Either the master volume is set too high, or the audio file is corrupted. Try lowering the volume. Also, WAV files tend to be easily distorted. Use another music source like a CD, iPod or mp3 file.

Remote Control

If the remote is not working, first replace the batteries. Always point the remote at the right control speaker. The other speakers do not have a remote receiver.

Trouble With an Altec Lansing ADA885 D
Improperly setting up Altec Lansing ADA885D speakers can lead to audio problems. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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