[mythtv-users] Louder TV

dropax dropax at aol.com
Thu Aug 23 01:46:06 UTC 2007

> Joe Ripley wrote:
>> On 8/22/07, Martin Turner <xmode at westnet.com.au> wrote:
>>> Hi MythList,
>>> Does anyone know of a way to make the audio louder in myth? I have both
>>> Myth and alsa (via alsamixer) set to 100% but the sound level is still
>>> quite a but lower than that of the analog signal coming in to my TV. I'm
>>> assuming its just the cap cards I have recording at a slightly lower
>>> level, but I have no way of turning it up any more than it already is..
>>> It kinda makes the myth volume controls useless on my system as turning
>>> it to 75% makes it silent, and it wont get any louder than it already is
>>> (unless I turn my TV all the way up, but then I pop my eardrums when I
>>> turn the thing on because the volume on non-myth TV is so loud)..
>> Stupid question, I know, but are you sure you're using the amplified
>> output on your sound card?  Most sound cards and onboard sound devices
>> have an speaker output as well as a line-level output.  It's possible
>> you're using the line-level output instead of the speaker output.
>> Do sounds other than Myth recordings play at a higher volume (i.e. CD
>> audio)?  Perhaps it's (as you say) specific to the levels being
>> recorded by your tuner.
> VLC doesn't seem to have this problem.. Its not totally silent, just a 
> bit quiet (and watchable) but as its already at 100% I cant turn it up 
> in the quiet bits, or if there is some noise around, without finding the 
> TV remote..
> As im prone to doing noob like things I have also just checked and its 
> plugged in to the headphone socket (also tried in the front headphones 
> socket to same effect)
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Any chance this is a Dell Optiplex?  I struggled for weeks before I 
discovered that their on-board audio has line-out only, and it's a lower 
level than most component audio equipment.  Seems they expected 
amplified speakers to be the only use.

Something like this:
would be a hardware solution.  Be careful not to get a "phono" or 
"moving coil" preamp as they'd overload in this use.

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