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« on: May 28, 2006, 05:39:12 PM »

I have a 5 yr. old Sony DVD player hooked up through S-video and audio connections to a 10 yr. old Sony TV.  When I play DVDs, the sound will play fine and then it will drop in volume a lot for a few minutes and then go back up.  This doesn't happen when I watch regular TV.

At first I thought that maybe the DVD player was playing in surround sound mode, but I made sure that it was not.  I checked the audio connections and unplugged and replugged them in.  This happens on many, but not all of my DVDs and they are not scratched.

Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2006, 06:22:12 PM »

First thing I'd do is try another set of audio cables.  Maybe a pulled wire or short in that?  It'd do what you are describing.  The hardware is usually an all or nothing thing.

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2006, 09:48:48 PM »

I've heard of that style problem when running DVD players or VCRs through a VCR to get to your TV as some form of copy protection.  Never heard of it when plugged directly from a DVD/VCR to the TV though.  Does the TV have a built-in DVD/VCR?

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2006, 11:08:46 PM »

Do you have some sort of dyamic range compression enabled by accident?  Basically it acts as a sort of "night mode" designed to keep all of the audio, whether it's voices or loud explosions at the exact same audio level.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2006, 03:40:56 PM »

My first reaction was to think "Macrovision" on VHS. If that's not the case, I'd suggest running the outputs into a stereo and see if you have the same problem. If so it looks like it's either a DVD/config issue or a connection.

I am assuming you've tried several DVDs on this, right?

(also, shouldn't this thread be in the hardware / software hell ? )

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