Fix for poor A2DP quality for Bluetooth headphones under Windows 8

I’ve been happily using my Bluebuds X Bluetooth Headphones for the past 6 months without problem between my Windows 7 laptop and Sony Xperia Sola but after updating to Windows 8 this peace has ended in cracking and hissing reminiscent of low quality internet radio.

To resolve this and bring back full A2DP high quality Bluetooth streaming try the following:

  1. Open Devices and Printers from Hardware and Sound within the Control Panel
  2. Expand the Bluetooth headphone listed under Devices by double clicking it
  3. Switch to the Services tab within the Properties dialog
  4. Turn off Hands-free Telephony and click OK

Re-connect to your Bluetooth headphones and play a song from your Windows 8 machine, fingers crossed the hissing is gone! I’ll be updating to APT-X shortly which will do away with reliance on Bluetooth for audio but Bluetooth will still be required for track changes, etc. Hope this helps!

14 thoughts on “Fix for poor A2DP quality for Bluetooth headphones under Windows 8

  1. Daniel

    Thank you very much!! I was so frustated with my new headphones I thought there was something wrong with them, I was really close to go to store and ask for a change or something. Really Thank you very much great post easy to follow directions. keep up the good work!

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  2. pawel

    WOOT WOOT!!!!! thanks i’ve been looking for driver updates, firmware updates, anything to fix this. i would have never suspect that it was cause by a OS bug

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