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Sharp Aquos TV Isn't Loud Enough

09/17/2009 10:31 PM

I love my Sharp Aqous TV but the audio is not loud enough. What can I do to enjoy it in a large kitchen?

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09/18/2009 12:46 AM

Migo-1 When I purchased a new HD Flat panel TV 18 months ago I turned the volume up all the way on the set I had chosen, it was terrible. The salesperson said I should purchase a surround sound system to go along with the set. I started checking full volume on all of the display models, only one had a superb level of volume, A MEMOREX. This model has the best sound of any TV I have ever had. The set sounds just like a 4 speaker system with only 2 speakers, the technology is fantastic and max volume is louder than I can stand. I would suggests that you do the same and if your determined to keep your Sharp Aqous then I would suggest adding a surround sound system with the amplifier. J.Conway .

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09/19/2009 4:49 AM

GA for a good (the only?) answer!!

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09/22/2009 1:54 AM

MEMOREX

how about a model number also

I have OECSD

obsesive EGO complusive spending disorder

and have to get the better one than you got

dosn't memorex have more than one model

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09/26/2009 12:45 PM

Hello JC,

I think your post is one of the most useful recently.

I would do it and clearly you have, but how many would never bother to test the loudness and quality of what is a very expensive item, a TV?

People too often choose because of looks or size, which it is all unimportant if you cannot hear what you see!!!?

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09/28/2009 11:10 PM

Babybear Thanks, A few years back I had bought a top of the line set that cost twice of what its near identical by the same manufacturer set and the audio was great if you set in a quite room and close and the audio out jacks where useless except when hooked to an amp so I felt cheated paying $2500 for a 38" tube type TV. This time after making my selection of an LCD TV set at the last moment before the purchase I walked back to the display model and cranked it up, it was only about 25% of the volume of the MEMOREX and cost hundreds more. I've been satisfied ever since changing my selection. Thanks for the GA. J.Conway

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09/18/2009 10:46 PM

You have three options.

1. Sit closer

2. Buy the afore mentioned surround sound system

3. Buy a hearing aid

I recomend option 1.

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09/19/2009 2:05 AM

It seems like you are not the only one to complaint about the acoustic audible level (SPL) of this model.

Try to get to the Audio-Setting of the TV to be absolutely sure this is the model's limitation and not your own setting. It could have some kind of "loudness" setting which overrides the volume setting, and this is set as default.

Once you are positive that this is an innate limitation of this model (which is not very likely), I would go with the advice above, and attach an amplified surround system, with which you can get as high volume as you like

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09/19/2009 6:21 AM

You can buy external audio speakers that plug directly in to the back of your Aquos. i have 32" plugged in to Bose and in smaller room have 13" Aquos plugged in to PC speakers. You have to go in to the menu of your TV and select external speakers, then you will be able to control the volume of them with the Sharp remote as you normally would.

I used an on line site, www.tigerdirect.com

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09/19/2009 8:01 AM

I've been looking at the smaller flat screens and the reviews for many of the models include complaints about low audio volume. I'm pleased to hear about the Memorex. I'll take a look.

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09/19/2009 10:37 AM

I use the small, inexpensive 2.1 speaker systems (made for PC's) to enhance the audio of all of my small TV's. Even the $ 29 ones will help a lot, especially in the bass registers.

Almost all small TV's have a stereo earplug jack which can be used to feed the audio to the external 2.1 system.

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09/19/2009 12:27 PM

Excellent idea. Some of these systems have reasonable sound quality as well for a low price.

PLUS they usually have magnetically shielded speaker magnets, so you will not damage your TV screen as you would with normal HIFI speakers.......

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09/19/2009 2:12 PM

Andy,

Just FYI...LCD televisions and monitors are not subject to magnetic field interference. That only applies to CRT devices, so it really doesn't matter how close the speakers are to the television.

I do agree that a relatively inexpensive surround sound system would be the way to go.

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09/20/2009 6:12 AM

True, but not everyone knows that, so in case anyone was using the idea for an older CRT TV, I thought I ought to mention it.....I just forgot to say CRT only......

But thanks for your correction!!

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09/20/2009 3:17 PM

Goo-ud Advise I've done the same as a matter of course many times.

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09/19/2009 10:41 AM

If you can get access to the space where the speaker is mounted by panel removal and you have some skills, look at the speaker. Look at the size and the magnet size, as well as the extra space (if any) where you could mount a larger or more efficient speaker. As a test, detach the wires from the speaker and use them on a good quality speaker of the largest size that will fit the space, see how it sounds...this will tell you if there is enough drive for a new speaker or if the problem is weak drive. If the problem is the old speaker might be very cheap and small. to save a few cents, then install a high efficiency speaker of the largest size that will fit. These cavities are often capable of holding a bigger speaker as the maker might offer several models, and you might look to see if there are other cavities for extra speakers for a premium TV in the same box. It will take someone with some tech ability to do this. If you cannot do this, buy a low cost external speaker for $10-20 and plug it in..

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09/19/2009 12:29 PM

I understand where you are coming from, but technically speaking, the better the quality, the lower the efficiency of the speaker.

So a cheaper one may actually be louder!!!

Expensive speakers (unless they have their own built in amp) need more drive......

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You're refering to an Ω issue

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09/20/2009 6:20 AM

No true.

The value of the Ω's is or course a point that needs to be mentioned sometimes, for example if the speaker(s) in the TV are 8Ω, then attaching 4Ω speakers may overheat the output transistor(s).

Going the other way will reduce volume.

The only safe way to go is to use the same values of impedance.

But like car engines, some are slightly more efficient than others. With speakers, the differences are more pronounced than with cars.

In the case of speakers, expensive ones try to reproduce the sounds exactly as they were made, and do not care so much if the volume is reduced for a particular input power, it is considered to be less important to the Audiophiles..........just whack up the volume control!!

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09/20/2009 3:08 PM

Expensive speakers (unless they have their own built in amp) need more drive......

You need more drive to overcome the high impedance.

In the case of speakers, expensive ones try to reproduce the sounds exactly as they were made, and do not care so much if the volume is reduced for a particular input power,

And in these cases the factor is what? Impedance...

What's you're point??

In the OP's case the onboard amplification is not well matched to the other sound reproduction components. At this level of entertainment systems it is almost a given to experience decent sound one needs to add a true audio reinforcement system; home theater in box etc..

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09/20/2009 4:31 PM

You are so far away from the point, you may need a passport to get there......

Lets try and help you a little:-

Impedance is one thing, but accurate reproduction is another......the two have little to do with each other.....as there are for example expensive and good 4 ohm loudspeaker systems, and also expensive and good 8 ohm loudspeaker systems. They are not really compatible to each other, except insofar that putting 8 ohm speakers on a 4 ohm system will usually not burn anything.....

But a cheap 8 ohm loudspeaker system will work in place of an 8 ohm loudspeaker expensive one, there may or may not be a different volume output for the same volume control setting.....but if there is, the cheap system is often louder!!!

There is an interesting entry on Wikipedia with regard to efficiency of different speaker types.....

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09/21/2009 2:34 PM

It's necessary to dip the paddle into the water on both sides of the canoe to navigate.

Impedance is one thing, but accurate reproduction is another......the two have little to do with each other.

Except in reference to the OP's question.

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09/21/2009 3:13 PM

I think we may have to agree to disagree....but one last try......

The OP should use the same impedance speakers as are already fitted, unless he uses speakers with a built in amp of course if there is a separate Line output for such units.....

If he does not do that, he may damage the output chip/transistors.....

Also not matching the impedance will not allow a correct transfer of the signal and therefore the correct sound qualities, maybe resulting in a far lower sound quality, at least according to documents I have read, as I personally have always matched impedances......

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09/19/2009 7:49 PM

i do not agree. Larger magnets = more uniform gap and a larger magnetic field. With a larger field the voice coil has a greater excursion.

The cheap speakers use pressed and baked ferrite magnets. More costly use alnico or better, yet they might have the same voice coil diameter and gage and the same gap size, but the greater magnetic strength of alnico will produce more sound from the same signal.

If you make capacitive speakers that drive with 5000 volts and move a sheet of material = great fidelity, great cost, but smaller volume per unit area = why they are so large.

drill down in this search, very interesting.

http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&source=hp&q=speaker+%2Bmagnets+%2Brate&btnG=Google+Search&meta=&aq=f&oq=speaker+%2Bmagnets+%2Brate&fp=4bd26c1f505ba07b

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09/20/2009 10:07 AM

why must everyone comploicate things so much for a simple answer to a simple question. make or buy an adapter cord that will run from your tv rca jack or headphone jack to a stereo systems aux input line. the cheap old soundesign stereos work well for this. Or you can buy,for under $10 a small fm transmitter that plugs into your tv audio jack and transmits to an fm radio or stereo system. This works for computer audio,too. I laugh when people go buy a $50-100 set of computer speakers and set them up right next to a $500-1000 stereo system. Audio out from one device, audio in jack to the other device. I also set up baby room monitors and outdoor audio listening like this.transmitter outside or in kids room, reciever next to stereo inside. on the reciever end, disconnect the speaker and splice in an audio cable to hook up to audio in on stereo system. balanced out just right, you can hear birds walking around outside your house in the grass from your bedroom, let alone hear a person walking around,and if the birds are chirping, you have to turn the darn thing down inside. Oh, Total cost?? less than $10. email me at ageniusforhire@yahoo.com if you need more info.

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09/20/2009 1:12 PM

"why must everyone comploicate things so much for a simple answer to a simple question. make or buy an adapter cord that will run from your tv rca jack or headphone jack to a stereo systems aux input line."

That's exactly what I suggested a couple of days ago.

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09/21/2009 4:00 PM

Before you go out and buy anything, check your cable box (I'm assuming you have some sort of cable box/digital converter/whatever on this TV). Many of them have a volume button that comes defaulted to a relatively low level. Also, if you have a universal remote (like what typically comes with cable boxes these days) check to see which volume it is actually increasing - the televisions or the cable box's. You might find that you are simply not maximizing your volume as much as you thought you were!

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