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:
- Open Devices and Printers from Hardware and Sound within the Control Panel
- Expand the Bluetooth headphone listed under Devices by double clicking it
- Switch to the Services tab within the Properties dialog
- 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!
Update: This same fix works for Windows 8.1 and now Windows 10 😀