The right speaker intermittently stops working (with increasing frequency). Fiddling with the cable that connects to the left cable seems to fix it, but only temporarily. That leads me to believe there's a loose connection inside. The trouble is, I just fought with it for a half hour and couldn't open the case! Any suggestions on how to get these open without cracking it permanently? My speakers are the black ones that Dell shipped with black laptops (same shape as the white ones, but a different color plastic).
A couple of years later, but maybe this will be useful to someone: 1. Disconnect the cables (input, power, 2nd speaker). 2. Undo the two screws on the base of the casing. 3. The two knobs can be pulled off. Underneath there are two nuts that hold the spindles to the casing. Undo these. 4. The fabric cover is a push fit. Prise it off the front. If needed, use a (non-metal) tool that won't damage the plastic casing. 5. Under the cover, the two top holes contain screws - undo these. 6. Four screws hold the actual speaker to the casing. The two lower ones are slightly longer and also hold the casing together. Note this for reassembly. 7. You can now gently part the front and rear parts of the speaker housing. 8. To completely separate the parts, you need to disconnect the red and black wires that go the the speaker. The are push fit 'spade' type connectors - a tight fit, but removable.
My problem is similar - loss of left channel. I think the problem is in the headphone socket as wobbling it or inserting non-conducting objects can temporarily restore the channel. These sockets switch off the speaker when you plug in the jack, so I think the switch is faulty. I plan to desolder this part to inspect, repair, replace or bridge the connection and do without the socket.
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They say that the best experience is learning from a bad one an it is true. When you connect speakers to your amps, car, or any other audio device you need to keep track of a few basic procedure. (1) make sure that cables to be use are the right gage for the audio to go thru without losing frequency. (2) make sure that when you connect the speakers to the amp or unit to be use, to keep in mind the polarization of each cable to be connected, example; usually in the area to be connectec there is a red & black connectors. red (+) positive Black (-) negative. Fallow the same in each cable by noticing the cable itsefl to make sure everybody is plug in the right way..
Remember " positive with positive / negative with negative"
I would suspect that the unit is picking up ignition sparks possible from a lead flashing over. The voltage variations will be picked up by the antenna and comes through as a stop sound. Have it checked out at a radio shop
Remove the Dell A215 speakers from the box. Place the speakers in your computer
area. The speaker with the volume knob is the right speaker and should
sit to the right of your keyboard. Place the other speaker to the left
of your keyboard.
the left speaker into the right speaker. The left unit has an
orange-brown plug that connects to a similarly colored port on the back
of the right unit. The other end of the cord is fixed to the rear of
the left speaker.
the two-prong end of the power adapter into an electrical outlet. Plug
the other end into the black power port on the back of the right
the main audio cable into your computer. This cable is fixed to the
back of the right speaker and has a green head. Plug the green
connector to the green audio-out port on your computer. This port may
be on the front or back of desktops or on either side of a laptop.
the knob on the right speaker clockwise to turn the speakers on and
increase the volume. Turn it counterclockwise to lower the volume
partially or all the way to turn the speakers off. The speakers should
work automatically on any computer with a sound card.
Let me know if this solved the problem and good luck..
Plug in one a at time using the same input. Take the left speaker and the left input wire. Plug the wire from the mixer into the one speaker if it sounds ok then unplug the speaker and replace it with the right speaker. If it sounds ok replace the wire with the right wire. This will tell you that each speaker is working and each cable is working. If you switch speakers and they sound different then the possibility of a blown high end driver in one. If they sound ok each by it self but the high end suffers when they are both hooked up then the possibility of the speakers might be. Not sure what the sub has to do with the whold setup. Any further questions call me at the store.
Have you connected the Left speaker to the right speaker using the supplied cable? If not, connect the cable to the socket on the back of the right speaker labelled "to left speaker" and on the left speaker, to the socket labelled "from right speaker" If this still doesn't solve the problem, try swapping the input cables (put the white plug in the red socket and vice versa) to see if this makes the left speaker produce sound, if it does, check the connection at the source to check the plug(s) are in all the way. If there is still no sound in the left speaker, unplug everything and do the following: connect the left and right speakers with the supplied phono lead (Probably black) between sockets labelled "to left speaker" and "from right speaker" then connect the source to any of the inputs on the back of the right speaker (ensure if using the red and white phono inputs that both are connected) finally plug in power source. Hope this helps
Hi, Ian, If you have soldering experience, you might be able to replace it by yourself. If you remove the portion of the wire that is frayed and replace it with new wiring, it might work. If you feel comfortable doing this, I would say go ahead. However, it might be just as cost-effective to take it to a local audio-repair shop and have them do it. I have had multiple sets rewired myself, and it has cost less than $20 each time. Either way, it should be a relatively easy and cheap fix.
You might have a bad connection on the wiring terminal inside the left speaker where the left and right join the main cable. Here is a link:http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1045725/how_to_solder_how_to_repair_headphones/