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I have a Kustom Sidewinder Tuck and Roll amplifier, which I have been using for bass- Before, setting the volume to 5 was plenty loud, however, recently, I have to crank it to max to get a volume that is still even a little too low. It doesn't sound like the speaker is blown when I play, its just really quiet. Also, there is a little light fuzz and crackle even with no cables connected. This happened basically overnight. Any solutions? Thanks!

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Hi

First thing to check is to see if someone has turned on the Tape Monitor has been turned on by someone. The symptoms you describe certainly sound like it. Check that out and get back to me if it does not solve the problem

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You need to buy an analog to digital converter box if you want to get superb sound quality from your computer.

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why don't you both return these units and call Denon for replacements without these problems?  Sqeaky hinges get the oil.

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most higher end integra's have a input level adjusment or input selection for each and every input. Perhaps you are not on the correct input, go to onscreen programming and check out the input level and input select - also try the tape in another input like tape 2 or cd. It will not hurt the receiver for a test. Also, if you are using the cheap cables from the manufacturer - try a pair of cables that you know work or go by some. BTW, you don't need to spend $40 for cables order them online through amazon or other store. Gold / sliver plated oxygen free are best.

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It's the Tape 2 button - unclick it.

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