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Selecting Audio Settings on a DVR Cable Box

Last Updated: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 > Related Articles

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Learn to maximize your audio output.


These instructions show you how to select the following four audio settings: Volume Level, Analog Output, Digital Output, and Dynamic Range.

These steps work with cable box that is providing DVR service, not a standard- or HD-only cable box.


To locate the audio settings follow these steps:

  1. Press the SETTINGS button, then the A button.
  2. Scroll to the Audio / Video preference and press SELECT.
  3. Scroll to Audio Settings. 

    : Your current settings are displayed to the right.

In the following image, the current settings are:

  • Variable (for the Volume Level)
  • Stereo (for the Analog Output)
  • Dolby Digital (for the Digital Output)
  • Wide (for the Dynamic Range)


To locate settings follow these steps:

  1. After highlighting Audio Settings in step 1, press SELECT. The Settings column displays. 
  1.  Press SELECT. The Options column displays.

  1. Select either:
    • Variable - If you use the remote control to adjust television volume
    • Fixed - If you control your television volume through a separate stereo or surround sound receiver
  1. Scroll to Audio Output. This setting lets you adjust the audio output delivered to your television while watching analog television. Select either:
    • Mono
    • Stereo. (Most television programs today are available in stereo.)
    • Surround sound. (Surround sound encompasses a range of techniques for
      enriching sound quality via additional speakers. Select this option if you
      have surround sound system or if your television has surround sound
      speakers built-in.)
  1. Scroll to Digital Output. This setting lets you adjust the audio output delivered to your television while watching digital television. Select either:
    • Pulse Code Modulated (PCM): This is the default format of digital output.
    • Dolby Digital: If you have a unit that can receive and decode Dolby Digital
      output, use this option.
  1. Scroll to Dynamic Range. This setting adjusts the audio spectrum for digital programming. Dynamic Range refers to the difference between the highest audio peaks and the
    lowest ones. Action movies, for instance,  will use the full dynamic range while news programs will not. The Dynamic Range preference lets you control the volume of the high audio peaks. Select either:
    • Wide. Plays the entire audio dynamic range, including and highest and
      lowest sounds. This setting is appropriate for audio enthusiasts.
    • Medium. Slightly lowers the higher volumes.
    • Narrow. Dramatically lowers the higher volumes.
  1. Press the EXIT button.

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