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Volume Control I recently pickeded up the Onkyo 605. The sound is great, but I am running into volume control problems when I watch a movie, I am constantly having to turn the volume up and down. When a scene is just dialogue, I need to turn up the volume so I can hear it pretty well. Usually I am at around 60. But anytime a big action scene comes up, 60 seems to be too loud, so then I have to turn the volume down again. Gets kind of annoying having to adjust the volume every 5 minutes. Does anyone know what you need to do to compensate for this issue? I have a similar problem with my Audio. Only it seems to be dampening loud sounds as well. I'll be watching an action movie and the gunfire will be like rolling thunder but then when there is an explosion which one would expect to make the walls in the house shake I get something that sounds like it is at half volume. All of my speakers are on and working fine. It just acts as though there is a govenor on my decible level. I have an older model reciever I can't even think what it is right now, but I don't think it has this Audessey thing. I don't have the manuels anymore so I can't look up and trouble shoot it.

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I had the same issue, there is a Late night mode on the remote that minimizes the volume of a loud scene so you don't have the constantly adjust the volume. Works great if you are trying to watch a movie while others are trying to sleep.

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