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Same issue showed up for me today very randomly...

HD comes on and off for no reason and sound cuts in and out. This fix worked for me:

1.Disconnect the left speaker from the sub woofer.
2.Take the 4 screws out on the bottom of the left speaker. (They are under the rubber matting you can just poke holes through it)
3. Remove the bottom plastic assembly from the speaker
4. Cut the 4 wires to the headset chip. Careful not to cut any others to the speakers themselves!
5. Unscrew and remove headset plug chip
6. Reassemble and plug left speaker back into sub woofer.

No more HD issues =)

Altec Lansing... | Answered on Nov 23, 2018


Is the volume turned up in the audio control panel?

Altec Lansing... | Answered on Jul 18, 2017


I have ALTEC LANSING DP/N 08506P speakers om my Windows 7 PC. The left speaker works fine but no sound from the right speaker. I "think" this is a rather recent event. Can you help?

Altec Lansing... | Answered on Dec 15, 2016


yes, you can splice the cables and put on a new connector, goto radio shack with the old connector and im sure they will have one you can splice right onto it. ive done this many times with varios equipment "headphones speakers etc" it may take a couple of tries to get the wiring right but if its just one speaker there will most likely be just 2 wires, if you wire it up and it doesnt quite sound right, wire it the other way. speakers will work wired backwards but wont sound quit right so if it doesnt, rewire it and it should. good luck and i hope this helps!

Altec Lansing... | Answered on Sep 16, 2015


Hi da1.... Let's begin with the wires. First of all make sure they are fully seated into both ends. If this alone solves the problem, great. If not, replace the wires with a new length of speaker wire as sometimes the wires themselves break inside the coating causing problems.

Since you have sound coming from the headphones, it appears that the source of that sound is good. That said, unplug the headphones and then check to see if the sound is coming from the speakers as some systems only have enough power to feed one or the other. Joe

Thanks for choosing Fixya!

Altec Lansing... | Answered on Jun 18, 2014


I had the same problem. It ended up being a short in one of the wires in the control board. It was actually pretty easy to fix once I located all the screws to take apart the speaker where the board is housed...

Altec Lansing... | Answered on Mar 19, 2014


If your subwoofer does not work on your altec lansing speakers,
more than likely you blew the subwoofer amplifier board.
I have an ADA-885 system and bought it brand new back in
November 2000 and has been flawlessly operating great up
until this past month when my subwoofer went out but my
"satellite" speakers kept working. After disassembling the
subwoofer box I first noticed that the subwoofer amplifier
board is seperate from the rest of the grouped boards for
the dolby and satellite speakers. The subwoofer box is
designed to use the air from the subwoofer to actually
cool the amplifier boards inside the unit, great feature
until your subwoofer goes out, that is when your main
amp will more than likely fail soon after the sub amp
fails, as it uses the air from the subwoofer to keep the
amps cool. I know this might be an older post but
hopefully I can put it in the right category to hopefully
be able to help someone out in the future.

You can test the ohms of the speaker with a multi
tester. It's a dual voice coil speaker, 6 ohms each.

Well my system is broke and needs another
subwoofer amplifier board so if anybody reads
this and has this subwoofer, I need my sub amp
fixed ! or if you have the subwoofer unit maybe
and nothing else to go with it but the subwoofer
lights up, give me a jingle, I'd buy it from you !!

Altec Lansing... | Answered on Dec 31, 2013


You would have to open the cabinet to gain access to the subwoofer terminals.

Altec Lansing... | Answered on Nov 10, 2013


Try using the internet to get the information you need

Altec Lansing... | Answered on Mar 01, 2013

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