I am either watching tv... direct tv or watching dvd and the volume on receiver keeps decreasing until it is like someone speaking inside a basement.. then sound goes back up again.. then down again.. but it happens after I have been watching tv for hours.. I turn down volume on receiver and up on tv and it is fine... all speaker wires are connected correctly.. I am mystified
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Re: audio fluctuation with volume
It is common theese days to have volume fluxuation while watching TV when viewing a HD show and going to a commercial break it gets ungodly loud, that's from digital to analog variance. However what you describe and the way you describe it leads me to believe its a chip in the receiver. The only way to really know for sure would be to hook up a DVD to your TV input and play a long movie " the godfather" or something like that which is a three hour or so movie and listen for the issue to occur. If it does, you know your receiver needs to be serviced. If it doesn't, swap your cable box or DSS with another one if possible and test again. It will take some time, but it won't cost you anything! Hope this helps. If you still have issues with it, send a response and we can try other things as well.
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It is possible there are separate sound level functions for the DVD player, the tv and the satellite box, try the different remotes for each by unlocking the volume control on the satellite remote until you get them close or use the device specific remote volume controls. I would also try and use HDMI if available for the DVD instead of composite. If the volume controls are different it will show on the tv, might also go through all audio settings for each device. Some devices are pre-amped or send out strong sound signals while others are line level outputs designed to be amped by the output device, in this case your tv I believe. The HDMI vs stereo audio that goes with composite may be the cause or it could be in the settings of the device. Worst case is to remember to drop volume before you switch back so you don't ruin speakers.
It would be our pleasure in assisting you with that. We would recommend using our Volume Leveling feature which is available on our ViP222k, ViP612, ViP722k, and ViP922 receivers. Volume Leveling keeps the volume levels consistent between programming and commercials and
prevents drastic volume level changes when watching television between HD and SD
channels. Start by pressing the "Menu" button then pressing 6 for "System Setup" then 7 for "Audio Output". Select "Enable" below "Volume Leveling" then select "Done" to save these settings. If you're using a ViP922 receiver from the main menu select "Settings", select "Audio Output", and then enable Volume Leveling. This should help with the volume fluctuation issue you have been having. Thank you for being a valued DISH Network customer!
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Make sure you have at least one cable connected from the "audio out" or "variable out" labeled under the audio section of the TV, to the audio IN on the receiver. Then select the input on the receiver that you connected the audio from the TV to. Decrease the volume all the way on the receiver. Then disable the speakers of the television, and turn the TV volume up all of the way. Now, increase the volume of the receiver to the desired level.
It's just "Digital Audio" vs "Analog Audio" You can use the "Volume Offset" function in the receivers "Main Menu" to compensate for this. Go into the menu then go to audio and or input settings and you can adjust the offset and lock it in. If you still have a problem, post a comment and I can help you some more. There is not a "problem" it's just the way the audio is transmitted. Like when your watching TV and a commercial comes on and BLOWS you out of the room. That's going from clean digital to noisy analog.
Are the movies you're watching store purchased DVDs? Sometimes with downloaded movies, the audio and video are just out of sync.
If they're store bought, it's possible that you've got a delay set in your receiver. Consult your receiver's operating manual to see if there's a "delay" option.
It's also possible that you're hearing that delay in the TV speakers.
If you've got the audio coming through the receiver AND the tv, you'll hear a slight delay when the audio's traveling from the DVD player to the television itself. This could happen "sometimes", if the tv volume is on, and not happen when the tv volume is off.
Plug the TV to an open channel on your receiver via this output: *Rear, 1 x Digital audio output (coaxial) ( TOSLINK ) This will look like a single RCA output plug. Set that input channel on your receiver to some sort of virtual surround mode because it doesn't look like your HDTV has a decoder in it (meaning it will come out stereo and the receiver will have to fake it). Turn the volume all the way down on the TV and use the receiver to control TV volume just as you do with DVDs.
*Substitute this with the digital audio output on your set top box if you are sending video only to the TV from the set top box (component, DVI or s-video connections). So video goes to the TV, audio to the receiver.
well, that information is slightly undescriptive and unnecessarily vague, but I think I can suggest a few things.
If the problem only occurs when watching your HDTV, I am assuming you are using the Audio Out on your TV to pipe sound down to your Onkyo receiver. If this is the case, the TV volume may be turned down lower by mistake and you have to turn up the Onkyo's volume to correct for the difference.
Another possibility is that some other variable has changed i.e. source material, programming, TV firmware update. What did you change to get this to happen? Is it reproducible? Can you use other source material (DVD, VCR, or DAP (mp3 player) and use it at the same volume levels as before? I tend to think that your problem is with the HDTV, not the Onkyo. User error is the most common type.
Depending on what type of remote you have the DVR volume may need to be turned up. On the DVR remote hold the cable button until the lights blink. Then press volume up. The Light should blink again. Turn your volume up on the DVR to "stereo". Hope that works.