Hi georgezx9. Do the speakers sound good on the Windows starting and closing sounds? You can test these via "Control Panel" - "Sounds and Audio Devices" - "Sounds". Click on a Program event and click the right pointing arrowhead alongside the Sounds: box. If that sounds wrong, then I suspect a fault in the speakers. If both speakers are affected it could well be the speaker power supply. This is more likely to cause distortion when the volume is turned up.