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Tips for Troubleshooting Your Home Entertainment System

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting excited for a family movie night, making snacks, and sitting everyone down together, only for your entertainment system to go on the fritz.

You know which four home entertainment gadgets everyone needs (streaming device, soundbar, HDMI signal extender, and all-in-one remote).

Then, try as you might, you can’t seem to figure out how to fix it. Fortunately, from the strange buzzing sound coming out of your speakers to the unclear image appearing on your television screen, most of these issues can be corrected.

Even with the most high-tech pieces of home entertainment equipment, all it typically takes is a bit of trial and error. So the next time this happens to you, try some of these tips for troubleshooting your home entertainment system and get your night back on schedule.

Narrow Down the Source of the Problem

Half the battle of fixing faulty audio/visual equipment is figuring out what specific piece is causing the issue.

Without this knowledge, you can’t properly assess the problem and take the necessary steps to correct it, so you should be familiar with the different aspects of your entertainment setup, such as the television, the media player, and your sound system.

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Depending on the symptoms you’re experiencing, it’s a process of elimination to determine which one will need to be adjusted.

Check All Cable Connections

Once you’re sure you know where the problem is originating, try tightening the connector cables between that system and the television. (This could be a Coaxial Digital Cable, Optical Digital Cable, or Audio cable to the Audio Output jack on your TV.) 

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Sometimes, when certain cables aren’t hooked up properly, they can prevent signals from reaching the media output, so ensure that all cables are in the right place and tightened. When this happens, it can make sounds come through as static or make the vision blurry.

Adjust Your System Preferences

When troubleshooting your home entertainment system, make sure you’re also checking and adjusting your system preferences to ensure they aren’t the cause.

Though most movies will adjust themselves to fit with your television’s preferences, there are times when this fails to occur, and it may look as though your television is the problem. To fix this, simply go into your preferences and manually adjust the visual.

Call Your AV Installation Professionals

One of the key benefits of hiring an AV installation professional is that they tend to offer ongoing tech support after the fact, which comes in handy if your previous efforts yielded no results.

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In many cases, the problem can be solved by describing the trouble to your professional over the phone and following the instructions they give you. However, if that doesn’t work, you may need to set up an appointment for them to check out the equipment in person.

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