Vey Low Volume On Shows Saved To VHS

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by James Edward, May 17, 2006.

  1. James Edward

    James Edward Supporting Actor

    May 1, 2000
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    As my title states, someone I know can barely get enough volume out of her Tivo'd shows that she has taped to VHS.

    She is using a Scientific Atlanta cable box-the 4200HD to be exact. The audio output is set to 'fixed'. Should I have her try setting it to 'variable' and raising the cable box volume itself? I know that setting affects the level to the output jacks, so would it also affect the recording level?

    As I write this, it makes sense that that would be the case... Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Steve Berger

    Steve Berger Supporting Actor

    Sep 8, 2001
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    In general, when recording from a "Box", you have to have the box's volume at "Max". Your TV has a volume control to compensate, the VCR doesn't. The volume on a box is actually an attenuator. Max is normal, lower is a reduction from normal. Higher is not an increase from normal. At least that is the way every box I have seen personally is designed. Someone could build one differently but I don't think it would be a very good idea from a usage standpoint.

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