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So here is my situation.

I am starting to venture in to HTPC territory. Right now I am just hooking up my laptop to my TV to see how much I utilize it. I have watched a couple of movies on my TV but the audio is an issue. I am hooking up my laptop using an 3.5mm Mini Plug to RCA cable into my powered 2.1 system. The sound quality is fine, but the volume is all wrong.

If I turn up the volume to where I can hear the quiet parts of dialogue in a movie, then the loud action scenes are WAY too loud. And most of the movie is too quiet if I make the action scenes bearable.

At what level should I be setting the volume in windows? On my powered 2.1 system? Is it because I am in a larger room with hardwood floors? Should I invest in an actual computer speaker setup?

I would love to get this figured out before I invest in TV and HTPC this black friday. Thanks!
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So here is my situation.

I am starting to venture in to HTPC territory. Right now I am just hooking up my laptop to my TV to see how much I utilize it. I have watched a couple of movies on my TV but the audio is an issue. I am hooking up my laptop using an 3.5mm Mini Plug to RCA cable into my powered 2.1 system. The sound quality is fine, but the volume is all wrong.

If I turn up the volume to where I can hear the quiet parts of dialogue in a movie, then the loud action scenes are WAY too loud. And most of the movie is too quiet if I make the action scenes bearable.

At what level should I be setting the volume in windows? On my powered 2.1 system? Is it because I am in a larger room with hardwood floors? Should I invest in an actual computer speaker setup?

I would love to get this figured out before I invest in TV and HTPC this black friday. Thanks!

hey, here is a quick software fix that might solve the problem thumb.gif
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You can turn on volume normalization in your player, but that's usually a few milliseconds slow and can do weird things. It could be the specific movie you're watching, or because speakers like that are meant for near field listening.
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In general, on setups like that, you should put volume to "100%" on all devices, except the last one, where you put the volume to a level you want, which means, in windows put to 100%, in your media player put 100% (for example VLC can go up to 200%, but that's bad for the quality, use 100%), and in your 2.1 system, put to a level that you like. Some cheap audio cards (common on some laptops) can cause odd volume behavior on lower volumes, just like you described, but usually 100% volume fixes the problem, unless the soundcard can "amplify" over the "standard", but those are damn rare, especially on laptops. IBM Thinkpad T41 is the only laptop I've ever seen doing this.

My setup for my xbox360 is:

Xbox -> display (via HDMI) -> amp (via displays headphone plug) -> headphones/speakers
and the Xbox is set to 100% volume, my display, for some reason, tries to "amplify" the output on headphone plug, so "50%" volume in my display is actually the 100%, and in the amp I then adjust the volume to a nice level. So there are some exceptions to the "100% all but the last" rule, but the only way to find out is to test it by yourself. If the sound starts clipping badly, then some device is probably "over the 100%".
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Thanks for the tips about volume levels. I'll try it on another movie or two...
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