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No sound Hello Fixya,I have altec lansing ADA 885 speakers that have stopped working. The display lights up on the control speaker but no 'prologic' or 'dolby' display etc. It is not a soundcard problem as i have attached other speakers and they work ok.Grateful for any help,thanks,John in Dublin ,Ireland.

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  • Johnjoseph64 Nov 12, 2007

    thanks willydjm for your help, unfortunately the solution did not work.

    best regards, John.

  • wesouth Dec 17, 2007

    i have the same problem. for several years the ada885 worked great and then one day the display on the right speaker that controls the whole system was lit up and flickering when I pressed any button controls. my guess is that it is the control board in the speaker that is the problem. If anyone knows how to fix these electronics for the ada885 please let me know. Thanks

  • Sodrak Dec 20, 2007

    This is just great. Today my wife told me we have no sound sure enough, same problem as described above.

    I have power (fuse checked good) have power light on subwoofer but no display on right speaker. No sound even using the diagnostic button.
    I have a pair of Altec Lansing ACS40's connected now and they work fine so I know sound card is good.

    Anyone know where a manual of ada885 can be found?

  • kong 69 Mar 31, 2008

    I have no sound from my ADA 885 speakers. The display is flashing and I can't change modes by pressing the mode control button or the remote control. I have checked the fuse and everything checks out fine.

  • Sam Oct 20, 2008

    Yep, Same here. We've all found no solutions. I took the speakers apart and am going to check for bad capacitors. I saw on another forum that this guy was going to replace them on the power board and see if it worked. No replies yet. I'll keep mine posted too.



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I FOUND THE SOLUTION (at least for the led text blinking in and out with no sound).

It's the Altec's Circuit board!!!. If you take it all apart (not too hard) and within the circuit board where you plug in all your connectors (i.e. speakers, computer jack, etc.) , take it all out. Once you open the casing, you will find a couple connectors with wires (yellow, blue, green) plugged onto the board. Unplug both connectors on the board. (Careful!, one of the connectors, smaller one, are glued onto the board, but what I did was cut it off using a blade (box cutter)). After you take it apart, there will be two pieces of circuit board facing each other, one top (small), one bottom (big) (where all your speakers plug in to). On the top board (smaller one) wipe up the "rust" looking stuff on the back of the PCB board with little damp cloth. After you get most of it off, it will work again.

(How you know if it's the top of bottom is how the capacitors are working.

WOO HOO!!! I love these speakers!!!

Also, if your bass is weak, I found on another forum that it's the capacitors. Get those replaced at a local electronic repair shop. Find them on Google maps.

Please let me know if this works for everyone. THANKS!

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  • TableTopJoe Oct 17, 2010

    Much much thanks! I somehow lost two screws, but my speakers are now working wonderfully. This is a very high quality speaker set, despite being 10 years old. I couldn't be bothered to set up and config a new set that will probably underperform. Thank you, Thank you.


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Guytocool: It worked. I already had it apart, thinking it had to be the connector. I'd replaced the cable, after it started shorting in and out before it died completely, with no help. But I read your post, cut that little bit of boxcutter plastic, wiped it all down with a cloth and VOILA! music. Now I get to reassemble it all...not too tough if the screws are still where they should be...

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Thanks Fixya for getting back to me. My speakers are working now thanks to a local genius who
runs a small outlet here in Dublin Ireland. I agree these speakers are the best and I am very happy
to have them working againl. Regards, John.

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Check the connector that the speaker with the control is plugged in with, make sure that where it is connected to the sub woofer that in the connector , all of the pins are there, and that none are broken, also cdheck the sound cable, try switching it out for another : )

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