Volume output on atv2 low

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rick98761, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. rick98761 macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    Quick question. My atv2 has pretty low audio output compared to other sources. I've messed with the settings and can't find a thing. Any ideas?
  2. scirica macrumors 68020


    May 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    I realize this thread is over a year old, but I'm also frustrated that my ATV 3 output from the digital (Toslink) is much lower than my other components and as everyone knows there is no way to control the volume directly on the ATV.

    I keep hoping for a software update to fix this, but I'm beginnning to lose hope. I need to use a digital to analog converter to get zone 2 audio on my Anthem receiver. I hope I don't burn it up keeping the receiver cranked all the time!
  3. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    I wish I had this problem, mind you I just use and hdmi and the sound plays though my tv speakers but I always have to turn the tv volume way down for my appletv3
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    My two ATV3's are connected to very powerful amps....The one in the lounge is hardwired to my TC, and is connected to a 7.1 DTS. The bedroom unit is wifi, and DOES have slightly low volume if used with the TV's speakers, but it's connected to Sony hifi too. I wonder if there is a difference between wifi and HW in the volumes.

    HD TV channels, at least here in the UK, always have substantially lower volume than normal digital channels output. Might be something in that too?
  5. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Give us more info about how your system is physically setup, and maybe we can help. Are you talking about music from itunes, movies/TV from iTunes store, your own movies/TV in iTunes, the Netflix app, YouTube app?

    You really have to give us a place to start our analysis ;)

    The AppleTV should be sending a pure digital signal and not touching volume levels.

    Are you other components analog or digital?

    In my own setup, I have an AppleTV 2 and a WDTV hooked up to the receiver via optical. The receiver needs to be cranked up a little to get these at the same level as the cable box which is connected via analog.

    This here is where I think the problem lies....

    Traditionally, components were all supposed to send out a -10dv signal, IIRC, and individual components didn't have there own volume controls. Nowadays cable boxes and whatnot have their own volume controls if you use the analog outputs (maybe on the digital outputs too?). This means that a analog signal sent from the cable box is running hotter/higher/louder than the receiver is expecting (although they may compensate for it some).

    This is why the signals don't match, your/my receiver/amp is set on a lower volume when connected to a component that can amplify its own signal ie cable box. When we connect via optical, we FEEL like we have to crank up the volume when really, the receiver is operating as designed, and we are not overworking it.

    From a theoretical point of of view, this is how things are supposed to work. In reality, many manufacturers have altered their products with different features that can throw a wrench in it.

    I hope this helps some :)
  6. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    I just wanted to comment about how informative this post is. I have a much more simple setup (Only an aTV and a receiver with surround) and this explained exactly my volume mismatch problem. Thanks.

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