Sometimes, regardless of how popular a speaker brand might be, you might experience some downsides, and you must be ready to accept them.
Bose is one of the best speaker brands in the market today. The speakers are generally portable, and they are designed for a high-fidelity sound that feels natural. However, most Bose speakers are built as comprehensive and complex products, which makes you feel overwhelmed when you use them for the first time.
Also, some users may experience issues where the Bose speaker won’t turn on as expected. In this article, we’ll discuss Bose speaker troubleshooting tips and how you can get the most out of your speakers.
Why my Bose speaker won’t turn on?
If your Bose speaker is receiving power but won’t turn on as anticipated, then most likely several settings need to be checked. A simple reset might work, but in some cases, you need to undertake a few steps to fix the problem. The best part is that you can fix it yourself. The only thing you need is to train yourself a bit to work with Bose speakers.
Counter-check the outlet
If your speaker is not showing lights, one of the first things you need you’ll need to do is to check the charging outlet. You can try plugging in different equipment in the same outlet, and observe if it will charge or turn on. If there is nothing wrong with the wall outlet, then you can be sure that your speaker or cables are faulty.
Examine the cables
Once you confirm that the power outlet is working properly, check the cables and plugs for any signs of damage such as cracks, tugging, bending, or even strand breakage. If the cables are excessively damaged, they will prevent charging, and this might be the reason why the Bose speaker won’t turn on. For best results, consider replacing the cables using Bose original parts although you can still get similar cables from other brands.
Another way to ensure that your device is charged properly is to match the amp rating of the charger to that of your Bose speaker. The specifications are usually indicated on the user manual, so ensure to double-check these details before you plug in your speaker.
Check the charging cradle
If you’re using a cradle to charge your Bose speaker, check it also for damages. Ensure that it is firmly attached to the speaker and that everything is in place. In addition, you can try plugging it out and try using the charger instead to determine if the cradle is in perfect condition. If this method works, then you can consider bypassing the charging cradle, and instead, plug your speaker directly into the wall outlet or replace the cradle if you need to use one.
Check the surge protector
If you’re using a surge protector to protect your speaker against voltage spikes, check if it is in place or if it is damaged. If it is damaged, you’ll need to remove it as it might prevent the speakers from charging.
Using Bose app
If you have performed all the above steps and your speakers are still not working, you can try to use the Bose app to turn them on. This will help you reset your unit, especially when the control panel is not working.
In some cases, there might be a minor technical hitch that might be preventing your speaker from working, but a simple reset may help fix the situation. However, it is important to remind you that this procedure will delete all your settings and return your speaker to factory settings. You might need to add settings again and reconnect with other devices.
Updating the firmware
If you’ve tried all the above steps and nothing is working, then it may be that the firmware is not up to date. Firmware plays an important role in any speaker, and it is uncommon to find that your speaker needs an occasional update. Updating it might help resolve common issues that might make your Bose speaker lose its charge or fail to charge altogether.
Don’t you just hate it when you have to spend a lot on a speaker whose overall performance is unsatisfactory?
Bose is a cool speaker brand considering its features, price, and sound quality you’ll get. However, the main setback we’ve seen with the speaker is when it does not turn on—it is more frustrating and a little overwhelming when using it for the first time.
Faulty power connections and damaged cables are the main reason that can make your speaker turn on or off sporadically. As such, you may want to check the connections and any other issue that may prevent the speaker from turning on properly.
The above troubleshooting tips will help to learn how to resolve the problems and help you get the most out of your Bose sound system.
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Michael Evanchuk is a San Francisco-based sound engineer with 20 years’ experience installing, troubleshooting, and repairing commercial, automotive, and household sound equipment. Evanchuk owns an auto stereo center, where he offers highly competitive car audio installation and repair services. He has written dozens of articles on different sound engineering topics, all of which have been published in leading journals, blogs, and websites.