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Volume is changing/decreasing

We used to set the volume at 23, now we're up in the mid 40's in order to get the same level of volume. This is happening when used on a HD TV. Any suggestions to correct this would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Re: Volume is changing/decreasing

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.

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