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Samsung sound bar volume fluctuations

Soundbar: Samsung HW-K450
TV: Samsung KS8000
Both purchased together Dec. 23rd 2016

Problem/question: my problem is that there are major volume fluctuations while watching TV between the shows I'm watching and the commercials. I currently have the sound bar hooked up with the optical audio cable directly from the TV to the sound bar. I have the TV speakers set to external/optical out and so the only sound I hear is from the sound bar. I guess the main question I have is that if you are using this particular sound bar, does it have no volume regulation functions built-in? I know the Samsung TV has a true volume function that regulates the TV speakers, but from what I'm reading it does not regulate the audio signal going out from the optical cable? Any help with this would be much appreciated, because based on the current fluctuations I am experiencing while watching regular TV, this sound bar is almost unusable while watching cable TV.

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Not to upset you

In reply to: Samsung sound bar volume fluctuations

But the question of volume fluctuation from commercials to the show is as old as the TV. I may upset you by not duplicating that discussion.

I'd see if there is an other than optical link out of the TV as well as ask Samsung to find a way to apply volume leveling to the optical port.

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/threads/volume-leveling.21868/ kicks it around and in the receiver terms it's called Dynamic Compression (volume leveling.)

See if your soundbar has this.

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Thanks but........

In reply to: Not to upset you

I have searched for quite a while for a specific response to my sound bar and TV set up and there simply isn't an answer out there. Yes there are lots of questions about commercial volume and you can search these forums ad nauseum, but with no answer to your specific set up, i.e. in conjunction with a sounbar.

I know for certain TVs nowadays have built in volume regulation that combats the old problem of inconsistent commercial volume. But my primary question is does buying a lower end sound bar re-introduce a problem that was solved by the TV manufacturers? I do not have this problem using the TV speakers, only when using the sound bar.

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The reason for no answer is simple.

In reply to: Thanks but........

This is something that setup doesn't do. Once in a while the owner of such gets upset when there's no ready cure with what they have but since you are aware of the prior discussions and the lack of volume leveling in the connections and products the answer is clear without me writing it here.

I'd head to the refund counter since the product is not ready for the marker.
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