Are you getting a buzzing noise in Bluetooth headphones? Is that hum or static noise annoying? Whatever it is, you are in the right place for the solution.
The buzzing noise in Bluetooth headphones can happen because of numerous reasons. There might be some software problem or the distance between the two devices connected might be long. But, don’t worry we have mentioned all of the problems in this guide and crafted all the quick solutions you can try to get rid of that buzzing noise.
Reasons for the buzzing noise in Bluetooth headphones
There are several problems that can occur. Some of the problems are software specific and some are hardware specific. Let us discuss all the reasons thoroughly and know how to configure them.
Distance from the source device
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless connectivity technology. If you are far from your source device, the signal gets weaker and you can get undesirable noises.
Bluetooth headphones operate within a range of 10 meters between the source and the receiver. The data rate which is the number of data packets sent with each signal element reduces drastically as you move farther away from your source device.
There might be interferences from different objects in the area, such as concrete walls and metal items. And as a result, your headphone outputs only static noise because they can no longer receive the correct signals. Try staying as near to the source device as possible to reduce the humming noise in Bluetooth headphones.
Signal interference is very common in wireless connections. The Bluetooth technology uses numerous bands to transmit signals but as these are vulnerable you cannot stop interferences.
In a place where there are too many Bluetooth devices, you will be unable to listen to a clear audio output. Moreover, Bluetooth uses frequencies that are similar to microwave and Wi-Fi, so having more devices that operate in these frequencies can cause interference.
Places such as buses, subways, or somewhere else where people are using more and more Bluetooth devices have severe chances of interference and can diminish the quality of your headphone output. You will get static noise. Staying in an environment with fewer Bluetooth devices is a way to escape this problem.
Faulty audio file
Sometimes using the wrong audio file can also create static noise issues. Files such as MP3, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, etc. are audio extensions. MP3 and WAV are the most commonly used file formats.
MP3 uses a high compression rate and therefore compresses your audio to make it as small as possible. During this process, it might erase some important data in the file which can add static noise to your audio. WAV on the other hand is also highly used in the audio industry. But it retains all the data.
The main problem is that every headphone is not capable of producing all the frequencies in the audio spectrum. Headphones that have low-quality amplifiers cannot produce all of the sound data stored in the WAV format. This forces the headphones to create that annoying static noise or buzzing noise.
In case you are listening to music from online sources such as Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, etc., the problem can still happen because of conversion from one audio format to another which probably your headphone can’t play properly. Try changing the output format to check for any difference.
Wrong Audio settings
Audio settings in the source play a major role in the kind of sound you hear. Such as boosting your bass or treble. These kinds of settings are also called audio enhancement settings and they are usually under the audio enhancement tab.
Also, check if the enhancement settings are switched on by default. If you are using a headphone that has its software, you can also find those options in that app. If the default setting is causing the problem then try to tweak it a little and see if the static noise goes away. Check the video for help.
Wrong audio settings such as stereo or mono playback can also contribute to this problem. Most headphones support stereo audio but you can change this setting to mono to check if the problem vanishes.
Backdated audio drivers
Backdated audio drivers are sometime the problem of the buzzing noise in Bluetooth Headphones. Just go to your driver settings and find your device. Open the driver settings and update the driver. If the driver is not updated from the settings then you can check the manufacturer’s website for any updates and download it.
These updates enable headphones to keep up with all the recent advancements. Manufacturers keep releasing stable versions of device drivers. Update the device driver and check if the problem persists. If it is still there don’t worry we have other solutions too.
Equalizer is an app that automatically adjusts your sound experience so that you can feel the same music with different effects. These are already given on some devices, while on other devices where these settings are not provided you can install different apps for this work. These are usually free apps you can find online.
You can find these options in equalizer – surround sound, Concert, Amplify, etc., with various names. These are also called audio effects or profiles. Many of these options can produce undesirable output. See if you have accidentally enabled this setting in the past and it is decreasing your audio experience.
This problem might seem synonymous with faulty audio files but stay with me. Audio Quality can be a big reason why you can have a bad audio file and the buzzing noise in Bluetooth headphones. Remember when you downloaded audio files, you prompted the quality.
These are 240 kbps, 320 kbps, 480 kbps, etc., and are known as bitrate. These are different qualities of the same audio file. An increase in the number of bitrates increases the quality and also the size of the audio file. When you download a low-quality Audio file you might listen to static noise.
Damaged Headphone Speaker
Your headphone has two small speakers or amplifiers in them. The left and right speakers. These are the same as any other normal speaker. Different combinations in sound levels but going together in tandem allows the headphone to produce different effects, which as surround sound. These speakers depend on quality from different manufacturers.
Low-quality speakers will blow up easily. When music is played at a very high volume, the vibration due to air in the diaphragm forces the speaker to open up. This causes air to move into the speaker and static noise is prevalent. Listen to music at low volume as advised by the manufacturer.
Damage to internal components of the Headphone
Internal components of a headphone include a speaker, battery, internal board, etc. These can be damaged by water spillage, rusting of components, or even dust.
Nowadays, headphones come with an IP rating which makes them splash and dust resistant. But spilling too much water on the headphone can damage them. Your internal components might have short-circuited. Old headphones might have caught rust on the internal boards. And dust can even damage your headphones. So, if you have accidentally spilled water then wait for it to dry.
Do keep your headphones clean. In case of rust, you cannot do anything and you have to buy new headphones.
Solutions to the Buzzing Noise
These are some solutions as well as precautions that everybody can try to increase the quality of music playback.
Stay near the source device
Always stay near the source device. Try staying within the 10 meters range. If you are in a crowded environment keep the phone very near to your headphones to avoid interference with other Bluetooth devices.
Move away from places that use too many wireless instruments
As Bluetooth uses microwave frequency to communicate, many other technologies also use this to communicate. Wi-Fi is the most used technology that uses this range to communicate. Stop using a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and connect to a 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi signal. Move away from such places to remove the static noise from your headphones.
Lookout for faulty audio files
Audio files contain information about the audio you are playing. These are files that contain the same music in different qualities, obviously some with more information and some with lesser information. With less information, the audio format deletes certain data which your headphones might play as static noise. And also when you use an audio format that compresses the size and retains all the information than too your headphone might play static noise. Change your file and play any other file to check if that single file is faulty and causing this issue.
Listen to higher quality or medium quality music on online music streaming platforms to know what your headphones support best.
Adjust your audio settings correctly
Tweak audio enhancement features on your device to know what combination is the best for your headphones. You can also turn the audio enhancements off and check if you get a desirable output. Check the video posted above to know more about how to keep correct audio settings.
Keep all your drivers up to date
Keeping your drivers up to date ensures the best productivity of your device. Check and update your audio drivers to the latest versions so that you can get the best sound experience.
Tune your equalizer perfectly
Equalizer changes your listening experience greatly and tuning it correctly will make wonders but also wrongly handling it will make you hear buzzing noise in Bluetooth headphones. Play with the equalizer to know which settings suit your needs or turn it off and look if you get your desired output.
Listen to the right quality audio
Hearing high-quality audio always does not gives you the best results. The best quality of sound you hear will depend on the headphones you use. Choose the correct bitrate when downloading your music files to get the best output.
Don’t play in high volume
Every manufacturer provides the highest range a headphone can play perfectly in decibels. If you cross this range you are exposing your internal headphone speakers to burst open and force air into the diaphragm. Play audio in low volume so that your headphones last for a longer time.
Keep your headphones neat
Don’t spill water on your headphones or use them in water for a long duration. If you have spilled water, wait for it to dry and then switch it on. Keep your headphones clean from dust.
Buy the best headphones
Buy the best headphones in the market. Cheap headphones don’t last long and their speaker quality is awful. Below are the best recommendations from us. These headphones allow you to hear sound in the highest quality so that you don’t miss any detail.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless
These are premium quality headphones with Active Noise Cancellation and 30 hours of music playback. It supports fast charging. The headphone charges within 10 minutes and gives 5 hours of playback. Touch control and motion gestures are also supported. The headphone is comfortable and lightweight.
Jabra Elite 85H
This headphone is the best for office meetings and calls. It supports 36 hours of long-lasting battery with ANC turned on. This headphone has an exceptional 8-microphone technology which delivers enhanced call quality. With the Jabra Sound+ app, you can tweak different sound effects in the music equalizer.
Apple Airpods Max
These are expensive high-end wireless headphones but deliver even better sound quality than lower-priced Bose and Sony headphones. These are the only headphones in this list that are recommended only for iPhone and Mac users, while all other headphones can be connected to any device. The noise canceling feature is the best in this headphone with the support of Apple’s legendary spatial surround sound feature.
Jabra Elite 45H
This other headphone from Jabra is cheaper as compared to all other headphones on the list. These are compact and lightweight and have the biggest battery with 50 hours. It also features fast charging support, with 10 hours of charge in just 15 mins. Support for the Jabra+ app is also provided so that you can play with different sound effects.
How do I stop my Bluetooth headphones from making noise?
1. Stay as near to your device as possible.
2. Don’t play faulty audio files.
3. Adjust your audio settings correctly.
4. Tune your equalizer perfectly.
Why is my Bluetooth headset buzzing?
Your Bluetooth headset can buzz because of many reasons. It can be due to a faulty audio file you are playing, wrong audio settings, backdated audio drivers, etc.
How do I stop my beats from buzzing?
Lower your volume to see if it solves the problem. You can try different equalizer settings, close all audio enhancement settings, etc.
We have listed all the possible problems that can be causing the buzzing noise in Bluetooth headphones. All the solutions listed can work out in most cases. If you are still facing problems try contacting your manufacturer for any replacement or your retailer for repairs.
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