lowest volume setting too loud

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Rick Martin, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. Rick Martin

    Rick Martin Guest

    Hello All,
    Hopefully this is an easy question for you electronics wizzes.
    I bought a mini stereo system/dvd player that I am happy with except for the
    volume. Even on the very lowest setting, it is too loud. Is there any kind
    of device that I can put inline between the outputs and the speakers that
    would "step down" the wattage making it to the speaker? And if they would
    cost a buck-a-piece at Radio Shack, that would be nice too;)

    Thanks in advance,
    -Rick

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    Rick Martin, Jan 7, 2004
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  2. Rick Martin wrote:
    >
    > Hello All,
    > Hopefully this is an easy question for you electronics wizzes.
    > I bought a mini stereo system/dvd player that I am happy with except for the
    > volume. Even on the very lowest setting, it is too loud. Is there any kind
    > of device that I can put inline between the outputs and the speakers that
    > would "step down" the wattage making it to the speaker? And if they would
    > cost a buck-a-piece at Radio Shack, that would be nice too;)
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    > -Rick


    If it is that poorly designed I would take it back and demand my
    money back. There is no reason to keep garbage like this. It just
    encourages the manufacturers to build lower and lower quality garbage.

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    Michael A. Terrell, Jan 7, 2004
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  3. Rick Martin

    Grumpy OM Guest

    "Rick Martin" <> wrote in message news:<UEIKb.241$>...
    > Hello All,
    > Hopefully this is an easy question for you electronics wizzes.
    > I bought a mini stereo system/dvd player that I am happy with except for the
    > volume. Even on the very lowest setting, it is too loud. Is there any kind
    > of device that I can put inline between the outputs and the speakers that
    > would "step down" the wattage making it to the speaker? And if they would
    > cost a buck-a-piece at Radio Shack, that would be nice too;)
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    > -Rick
    >

    Rick,
    Something wrong there. The volume control should take it down to
    zero. Suggest you take it back from wence it came.
    Grumpy
    Grumpy OM, Jan 7, 2004
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  4. Rick Martin

    Rick Martin Guest

    It does take it down to zero. Zero has no sound and the next setting (1) is
    too loud. It was $59 and has cd/dvd/am/fm and is just for the bedroom.
    Don't want to spend alot for a bedroom system and thought that I might be
    able to add some cheap resistors. But I'm not exactly sure how resistors
    work. I'm thinking that they have a max output, but more intput is
    converted to heat in which case they wouldn't serve my purpose. Is my
    thinking correct? Maybe it's not worth all of the trouble and I should just
    dampen the sound some other way or take it back, but I thought the post was
    worth a try and that there might be some fairly easy way to step down the
    wattage on the way to the speakers which would give me lower volume while
    keeping the functionality of the volume control.
    Thanks anyway.


    "Grumpy OM" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > "Rick Martin" <> wrote in message

    news:<UEIKb.241$>...
    > > Hello All,
    > > Hopefully this is an easy question for you electronics wizzes.
    > > I bought a mini stereo system/dvd player that I am happy with except for

    the
    > > volume. Even on the very lowest setting, it is too loud. Is there any

    kind
    > > of device that I can put inline between the outputs and the speakers

    that
    > > would "step down" the wattage making it to the speaker? And if they

    would
    > > cost a buck-a-piece at Radio Shack, that would be nice too;)
    > >
    > > Thanks in advance,
    > > -Rick
    > >

    > Rick,
    > Something wrong there. The volume control should take it down to
    > zero. Suggest you take it back from wence it came.
    > Grumpy
    Rick Martin, Jan 8, 2004
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  5. Rick Martin

    Steve Guest

    > Something wrong there. The volume control should take it down to
    > zero. Suggest you take it back from wence it came.


    He may be talking about a step incremented volume control in which the
    first step above zero (silence) is too loud for his application.

    I had this once on a Grundig TV. In the dead quiet of night the TV
    was quite loud, but one increment down was silence. Made it hard to
    watch late night TV without disturbing the house mates.

    It was less of a problem when I got the satellite receiver, as it had
    it's own volume control as well. Perhaps Ricks new DVD player has a
    volume control?

    Try an L-pad of the appropriate wattage rating;

    http://www.lashen.com/vendors/csispeco/Installation/L-Pads.asp

    niftydog
    Steve, Jan 8, 2004
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  6. Rick Martin

    Rick Martin Guest

    Exactly! Thanks for a real answer. I ended up going to radio shack and
    getting basically what you recommend. Works perfectly. Now I can listen to
    some quiet music while going to sleep.


    "Steve" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > > Something wrong there. The volume control should take it down to
    > > zero. Suggest you take it back from wence it came.

    >
    > He may be talking about a step incremented volume control in which the
    > first step above zero (silence) is too loud for his application.
    >
    > I had this once on a Grundig TV. In the dead quiet of night the TV
    > was quite loud, but one increment down was silence. Made it hard to
    > watch late night TV without disturbing the house mates.
    >
    > It was less of a problem when I got the satellite receiver, as it had
    > it's own volume control as well. Perhaps Ricks new DVD player has a
    > volume control?
    >
    > Try an L-pad of the appropriate wattage rating;
    >
    > http://www.lashen.com/vendors/csispeco/Installation/L-Pads.asp
    >
    > niftydog
    Rick Martin, Jan 9, 2004
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