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Motorola xv1100 speaker low

We have had this same problem with several different xv1100 radios.With the volume turned all the way up,you can barely hear the other person talking.We have just been replacing radios that experience this problem.Is there any way we can fix this ourselves?

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The XTN radio is capable of both narrowband (12.5k) channel spacing and wideband (25k) channel spacing. If a radio is programmed to narrowband and another to wideband, one will transmit softly to the other, while the other transmits loudly back. If this were the cause of your problem, it is easy to resolve by reprogramming the radios to match one another. When in programming mode be certain when you get to the channel spacing step to choose the same word on each radio, either hi or lo.

If this does not solve your problem, you are experiencing another issue we commonly see in the repair facility. It is called low receive audio. This is repairable in most cases.

You might wonder what causes this problem. We most often see it when the end-user runs at full volume for long periods of time. Cut back the volume a little bit and you might save your radio from the repair shop.

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Not sure what could be causing it but I would like to get one on my work bench so that I could compair levels. I have two of there and this has not happened to me as of yet.

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