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Tivo HD Volume Low

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by andrews777, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. rmassey

    rmassey Damn, these are fun!

    Sep 5, 2002
    No you are not, you are a troll. I am trying to research the obvious volume issue with the S3. If you want to bash Vizio, start another thread. STFU in this thread, you add no value here.
  2. V7Goose

    V7Goose New Member

    May 28, 2005
    All of my three TiVo units have "normal" volume on all the different TVs with which they have been used. By normal, I mean that changing inputs on the TV from the TiVo to antenna or a DVD does not require any volume adjustment to have the same general sound level.

    In addition, I record a LOT of movies from TiVo to DVD, and the audio level on virtually all of those DVDs is seems normal. The only volume problem I have had is when recording DVDs from my FiOS STB (no TiVo even connected to that TV). Even with the STB's internal volume setting maxed out, the DVDs recorded from it are low.

    I just wanted to add my voice to those saying this is not a universal problem. Since I have not experienced any of the volume problems reported here with my TiVo boxes, I have no idea what might be causing them. Sorry I cannot help with the fix.
  3. ccoulson

    ccoulson New Member

    May 24, 2003
    I have several components going to my Sony XBR 2 set:
    - Tivo Series 3
    - Sony BluRay (BDP-s300)
    - Apple TV

    The Tivo is defintely the quietest. I have also had a digital HD cable box and a PS3 and the volume is fine.
  4. andyknas

    andyknas New Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    We have a volume issue too. Previously had a DirectTivo unit and we kept the volume at 12 max. With the new HD tivo connected to cable (time warner w/cable cards) we have to keep it at 20+ to get the same sound.

    Time Warner says it's a Tivo issue and we won't have a problem with their DVR.
  5. proudx

    proudx New Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    it would be nice if the Tivo offered Dynamic Range compression settings for the RCA analog outputs. This would allow you to compress the dynamic range "the lowest volume to the highest volume" into a slimmer more normal range, this results in less dynamic range but louder volume of speech, etc.

    How are you getting the audio to your tv? If its digital then the tv needs the DRC settings, "stable sound, etc" if its by analog RCA outputs then the tivo needs them.
  6. nlrushing

    nlrushing New Member

    Sep 9, 2007
    i dont have tivo hd but i do have the tivo volume issue, and it does seem to be related to the unit. when i added my first tivo (toshiba series 2) i had to boost the volume considerably over to what level was needed prev to adding the tivo, we got used to it... when i added a dual tuner unit a year or so ago and moved the toshiba to the bedroom, i then had to increase the volume in the bedroom, but the dt unit which is now my main has very good audio at a low level. when i transfer programs from room to room, the programs from the toshiba unit require a high volume regardless of which they are viewed on, and the ones from my dual tuner only require a high volume if viewed on the toshiba... i have found no solution but to live with it. just wanted to add my comments to this thread, hope not intruding into an hd only question...
  7. rreznikoff

    rreznikoff New Member

    Feb 19, 2002
    I have the Series 3HDTV and a Toshiba 42" 530U connected with a home wireless network. My problem is when I try to raise the volume using my remote I get varying responses. Sometimes it will go up only one number (even if held down), sometimes it will go up rapidly if I hold down the volume button as intended, and some times it ignores my remote altogether. Most aggravating is when I have to keep hitting the volume to raise it one number at a time. I have verified the code to to be 0233. I wonder if I tried some other codes if that would solve the problem. Any suggestions? The power button works properly.
  8. CallMeBob

    CallMeBob New Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Has this been fixed yet? I bought a couple of Tivo HDs to use with my cable company and the volume issue was pretty significant, for me at least. While using my cable DVRs I can watch at a volume of about 20 on my Sony SXRD using HDMI and it sounds fine. To get the equivalent volume with the HDs I had to turn up the volume to around 60 and I was getting a sort of static hum that you normally hear when you turn something up too loud. I returned the boxes and just continued to use the cable DVRs.

    Now I am looking to switch to FIOS and I really hate their DVR guide. I love their service, but hate their box so I would likely have to get the Tivos again, but I really can't stand the low volume. Can't Tivo incorporate a way to boost their audio to compensate for this?
  9. newhopenet

    newhopenet New Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    I have the same problem. I have to turn the TV volume up to maximum to get a "normal" volume level from my TiVo HD. Recently switched from a Cox Communications Motorola DVR, which did not have this issue. Hooked up identically as the box from Cox was hooked up.

    I tried both the Dolby Digital Setting, and the Dolby to PCM setting. Changing the setting made no difference in my setup.

    Several people have noted that the problem is not "universal" -- they mean that not every user is experiencing these symptoms. That alone does not absolve TiVo of responsibility. Various TV's have different audio input level expectations. The TiVo needs a feature to help compensate for differences in TV inputs.

    Ironically, the horrible DVR from my cable company had this feature. You could select three different audio "output levels". A similar feature could be included in the TiVo with only a software upgrade.

    Please TiVo! Help us!
  10. rreznikoff

    rreznikoff New Member

    Feb 19, 2002
    I wrote about not having the TV volume responding properly to the volume control on the remote. I called Tivo and they replaced the remote which solved the problem. But my problem seemed slightly different than those described on this thread. Might ask Tivo about this.
  11. jmflu

    jmflu New Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Wow so this was never resolved? I still have my Series 3 with the low volume, does Tivo even acknowledge this issue? any kind of hack/tweek for this?
  12. jzachariasen

    jzachariasen New Member

    Feb 13, 2008
    Had the TIVO HD a few years now and didn't even notice I had this problem until recently. What made me notice was when we plugged Directv into one tv input and the TIVO on antenna into another (hdmi) input on our Sony LCD tv. The Directv is much louder on our TV than the TIVO HD
  13. breecat

    breecat New Member

    Jul 13, 2010
    I seem to have the volume issue too. I found this thread while looking for others with this problem Only had my Tivo HD a few weeks, it replaced a Comcast Motorola. Love the Tivo but the volume issue is bothersome.

    I had it hooked up with RCA cables and antenna initally, while I still had the dvr setup, so I thought it was just the poor RCA connection causing me to have to turn the volume way up when using the Tivo.

    But now I have it set up with HDMI to the TV (32: Toshiba, which I love) and I still have to turn it way up when watched recorded shows and often during live TV. Interestingly, when watching Netflix movies, I don't have the problem, I can go to my usual level 10-12. Otherwise, I keep having to crank it up to 25-30 sometimes.

    I checked my Toshiba unit speakers and they're both functioning. It concerns me that this could shorten their life span though, having to crank the speakers up so high. Eventually I plan to get the whole unit hooked up to my receiver and surround speakers, but I'll still want to use the TV volume control most of the time.

    Has Tivo ever responded about this issue?
  14. csm10495

    csm10495 Badoop Badoop!

    Nov 15, 2008
    i temporarily fixed this problem by going into my tv's settings and raising all of the volume settings, surprisingly the audio quality is still pretty good

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