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Sound Levels on HBO (digital channels)

damaddbomma
05-17-2005, 10:04 AM
Has anyone else noticed that there is a distinct volume difference between the base channels on DirecTV and the premium channels (like HBO)?

I recently changed to the D10 receiver and there was a noticable difference. I put my old receiver back (Sony A2), and there was a slight difference.

After talking with the technical people at DirecTV, they said they have have not control over this issue because the simply rebroadcast what they receive.

They also will not take it up with HBO and others until it reaches a certain call volume of complaints.

I was just wondering what everyone's take is on this.

Thx!

stevedee
05-17-2005, 06:10 PM
All of my digital channels (Sat HD and Local OTA) are noticeably quieter than the others. I'm used to it and it does not bother me.

rbinck
05-17-2005, 07:34 PM
I have found a great deal of variance between HD channels. Even, or should I say especially, on OTA DTV channels.

CatManDoo
05-17-2005, 07:55 PM
All of my digital channels (Sat HD and Local OTA) are noticeably quieter than the others. I'm used to it and it does not bother me.
It doesn't bother me quite so much between HD channels because they are all quite quieter (is that good grammar?). But it's really annoying when I flip back and forth between HD and analog. :( For instance, if I'm watching baseball on ESPN-HD and the basketball playoffs on TNT in analog (which I don't have available in Hi-Def -- don't get me started on this! :mad: ). I have the volume turned up about 8 notches so I can hear ESPN-HD, but when I flip over to TNT during a commercial I get blasted out and have to set the volume back. Then when I go back to ESPN-HD I have to set it up again. It gets very annoying. But when I flip through just HD channels they are all relatively quiet, so I can leave the volume up. Likewise, if I take a spin through analog stations I can turn the volume down and leave it there for awhile. There is only one HD channel that is significantly lower than all the rest (WHTM-27). But I can put up with that. It's a local ABC affiliate in Harrisburg, PA. I have no idea why it's a lot lower than the CBS, FOX, and NBC stations. :confused:

sascol
05-18-2005, 05:40 AM
CatMan....I hate when that happens. I've trained myself to adjust the volume before I make the switch but somethimes I forget.

CatManDoo
05-18-2005, 10:43 AM
CatMan....I hate when that happens. I've trained myself to adjust the volume before I make the switch but somethimes I forget.Yeah, I'm looking forward to the day when you don't have to THINK when you watch TV. :banghead: As if this volume problem wasn't enough of a pain, I also have to make sure not to hit the wrong input button or else my STB gives me the "DVI BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH". :mad: I think my TV has something called "Auto Volume Control" that automatically adjusts the sound (like when a show goes to commercial, the networks increase the volume to please the advertisers). I don't know if that applies when you switch BETWEEN channels because I always use my audio receiver with 5.1 Dolby instead of the TV speakers. Maybe I'll have to tinker around with it tonight just to find out if that works. But regardless, I'll keep using my Denon receiver to feed my B/A speakers.

p.s. It would be nice if there were some kind of volume ratio or setting that you could program into each channel so that you wouldn't have that "break your eardrums" :eek: situation anymore....