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Sound cuts off after 3 minutes

The headphones work great for 3 minutes then they cut out. If I unplug and plug in the base the sound comes back immediately for another 3 minutes.

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  • otilbap Aug 07, 2008

    sound cut's off after a few minutes. Maybe device has a auto cut-off feature?

  • Anonymous Oct 01, 2008

    Headphones suddenly just turn off after a few minutes of working properly. If you unplug the adapter and plug it back in, works again but still shuts off after a few minutes.

  • Anonymous Oct 01, 2008

    same problem, let me know if you figure it out! thanks

  • Anonymous Oct 11, 2008

    Headphones shut off after a few minutes. Unplugging the power gets them going again but then off after a few.



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Have exactly the same problem. What's the solution????

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  • ilovewolves Jan 27, 2011

    They do have a cut off point after 2 minutes according to the manual. One solution is to turn your TV or stereo volume to 50%. Gee, don't people read the manual anymore? LOL!



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