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Old 05-26-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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...here in Cary where the commercials are about 30% louder than the regular TV programming? I'm constantly having to adjust the volume. Anyone else experience this with TWC in Cary or is it my TV?
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:10 PM
 
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We have problmes with our volums all the time, sometimes we have to turn it up into the 70's. I think it's Time Warner.
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:16 PM
 
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...here in Cary where the commercials are about 30% louder than the regular TV programming? I'm constantly having to adjust the volume. Anyone else experience this with TWC in Cary or is it my TV?
I think it has more to do with the nature of TV commercials in general than your specific TV or TWC in Cary. I have a few friends in advertising and they tell me commercials are made to be louder to "grab" the viewers attention. If you are like me, it probably has the reverse affect as I like to "mute" the TV during commercials.

There are some newer TVs out there with something called "Smart Sound". This technology allows the TV to recognize the higher volume range of TV commercials and it automatically reduces the volume to a normal level. I don't have on like that so I don't know how well it actually works.
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:24 PM
 
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It is a pest since they started making the commercials louder than the programs.

Oh yes, the "mute button" is my best friend.

So it is not you, your tv or your provider. Just plain 'ol marketing strategy.
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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The commercials are definitely louder than the rest of the programming. That's why you should pay $7/month to get the DVR so you don't have to watch commercials anymore.
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:57 PM
 
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We were told we had to have the more expensive package to have the DVR box. We do just fine with the basic cable but wish we could get the box with this . Does anyone have the basic and the box?? I know if you call Time Warner 3 times you get 3 different answers ,so I always tell my husband if you don't like what they tell you, call back and you will get a different answer.

Oh ....and yes the commercials are much louder. I already need more volume than I used to so when the commercials come on we always mute. If advertisers realize that alot of people "mute" maybe they would tone them down some.
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:19 PM
 
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DVR box has bad software and crashes a lot. Avoid if possible.

Some commercials do come in louder.

One thing once worked for me was contacting the advertiser directly telling them how the offensive sound made me want to never buy their product. Miraculously, volume on their ads went down.
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:40 PM
 
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Never had a problem with DVR box and I DVR most of my shows, but, of course, there are a few I watch live and have annoying loud commercials.
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Old 05-26-2008, 02:02 PM
 
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I have very few problems with my DVR box and wouldn't live without it!

There are some channels that are a bunch louder than others. I do like the normal leveling with the DVR box, now I'm constantly saying to DH to TURN IT UP
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Central NC
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I love my DVR and have never had problems. I highly recommend them. I know I can't live without mine. The volume of commercials isn't because of Time Warner. It's the companies that produce them. As previously mentioned, it's just marketing. Annoying but true.
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