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Stumped.. Volume Turned Up To Max On Speakers And Cable Box, But Still Not Loud Enough.

post #1 of 18
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Hey guys and girls,

I hope this is the right place to post this type of question, since it is about Computer Audio per say. If not, then admins please put it in the proper place, Thanks! smile.gif


Here is some background for this thread:

I have been having this issue recently since I just started paying for cable tv, mainly for sports and ect.
I was just fine with paying for internet since I can get all I ever wanted online and can use the money for cable tv elsewhere, but my girlfriend wanted cable, so I got a cable.


The Equipment That I am Using:

3 x Acer 23" LED Monitors Connected to a GTX 680 4gb
1 x Altec Lansing Octane 7 2.1 Computer Speakers
1 x Computer With low range Soundblaster Card
1 x Scientific Atlanta (Cablevision) Cable Box


So my set-up is as follows:

I am constantly switching the right most monitor between the computer and the cable box VIA HDMI switch.

Computer sound gets Output to the Altec Lansing Octane 7 speakers via 3.5mm plug.

Cable box Sends Video Via HDMI to the Switch, then to One of my monitors.

Cable box Sends Audio by using the "Audio Out" RCA Jacks. I use a RCA To 3.5MM Adapter.
I Can plug that either DIRECTLY into the speakers, or Into the AUX Line On the Right Speaker (Used for plugging your ipod and such which bypasses the computer input and just plays whatever is plugged into the Aux Jack) I prefer to use the Aux Jack for Convenience, Easy Plug In when watching TV, Easy Plug out when watching on computer.


My Issue:

When I play Movies and TV shows from my computer, The Volume goes higher then I would ever need. I use VLC which can give 200% audio, plus the sound card and w/e.

BUT

When I am watching TV, and my speakers are turned ALL THE WAY UP I can barely hear the TV over my Air Conditioning in the room, which isn't that loud to begin with.
Even when the AC is off, you still have to lean in and concentrate to hear the Audio going on.

Whether the Cable Box Audio Out is plugged DIRECTLY into the speakers, OR plugged into the AUX port, the same problem arises.

The cable box volume is at the max, and the speakers' volume dial is all the way up.


My Question:

Is there anything I can do, or possibly purchase, in order to make the cable box audio louder. I seem to think the only way would be to purchase another appliance which gets the audio and can increase the volume and output it


Summary

As I said, The Speakers are Turned UP, AND the Cable Box Volume is ALL THE WAY UP.

So is there a trick I can do to solve this problem? And if not, what do I need to purchase in order to increase the volume separately from the speakers and the cable box.
Im no Audiophile and I am no home theater junkie. I am just a gamer, who enjoys to watch movies and TV with his significant other.

Is that what an Amplifier does? If So, What Kind would I need, and can I get this solution cheap? Will this work for my computer / TV setup?

Thanks for reading this whole post, I tried to make it as informative and as easy on the eyes as I could.
Thank you in advance guys and girls, and I will be active on here awaiting any input!

-Mark
post #2 of 18
sounds like (pardon the pun) you need a pre amp from the cable box out to raise it to a line level.

cable box > pre amp > aux input or speakers
example of a pre amp:
http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PP999-Phono-Turntable-Pre-Amp/dp/B00025742A
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post #3 of 18
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you are my savior smile.gif that price looks good and i got prime, think i should pop on it? I can have it ordered tonite. Or is that on the cheap side and won't do me very well
post #4 of 18
i didn't see anything cheaper and its fine. now keep in mind it really is for a turntable to audio amp but it will increase the signal strength and i would definitely turn down the audio out of the cable box. it won't blow up anything but the signal may clip and sound all distorted.
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post #5 of 18
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thank you so much man for your help. So basically, if I lower the cable box volume and play around with the sound levels to find the 'sweet spot', the audio will play flawless as it normally would, except i can set higher volume. Just making sure I have the proper cables before I put in the order.
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fix your cable box audio settings


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post #7 of 18
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yes, it is either variable or fixed. Variable lets you adjust the cable box volume, when fixed just lets you control your tv volume. Since the audio is never getting to the tv, fixed is pointless, and the problem stil occurs when the setting is set to variable. So I am gonna go with the pre-amp option. Its a 15 dollar solution + free 2 day shipping thanks to amazon prime, And I have the RCA => RCA and the RCA => 3.5mm cables already. Thanks for the help guys, i will let you know how it goes when the pre amp arrives! smile.gif

Edit: Estimated Delivery Date - Friday July 5th, 2013
Edited by levy42088 - 7/2/13 at 6:54pm
post #8 of 18
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Hey guys, so I ordered the preamp that was specified a few posts up from amazon, and now I'm just trying to get the purpose of it.

All I know that supposevly this should fix my problem -

Cable Box RCA >> Pre-Amp >> RCA To 3.5mm Adapter >> Speakers

Now I'm trying to figure this out on my own, sadly from the Images of the pre-amp on amazon I can only see RCA Input, RCA Output.

But is there a volume knob somewhere on there as well?

What does it do to the audio that is supposed to help my system get louder?

I'm sorry if you guys already answered these questions somehow, but if you can just clarify this for me I would be really appreciative!

On a separate note, I had another question which I made a new post for since some other people may benefit from the information. if either of you can help me out that would be great smile.gif

My New Post - Tried, and Failed to Connect My TV and my PC to the same Speakers using a Splitter

Thanks for everything guys, I will talk to you soon!

-Mark
post #9 of 18
the signal from your cable box isn't strong enough for your sound card to process it. the preamp raises the signal level to ~10x. and since you have level control (gain) coming from the cable box output, you can use that to adjust the signal level going to your sound card.

there were more expensive preamps that have gain control and equalizers but those really would have been overkill.
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post #10 of 18
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the signal from the cable box is too weak for the sound card to recognize it? Are you talking about a sound card inside the speakers? Cause the audio from the cable box doesn't go to the sound card in my computer. It goes directly from the cable box to the speaker. But that does make sense what you said, and yes ~10x is perfect, any more would be overkill, I agree! Thanks man smile.gif
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