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An always silent DVR screen?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by wingtoc, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. wingtoc

    wingtoc Cool Member

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    Is there a DVR screen I can bring up that is 1) always silent, and 2) easy to get to without seeing the tv screen? I'd need to be able get to the silent screen before the tv is turned on because ...

    Our TV won't allow itself to be muted, or its volume to be turned down, until 5-10 seconds after it is on. Meanwhile we're stuck for those 5-10 seconds with full blast volume (at whatever level it was turned off at) until the tv lets us mute it or turn it down.

    With Tivo we could press a button to go to the Tivo main menu, which was silent, just before turning on the tv, and we could turn down the volume during the silence of the menu screen.

    (I know we could reduce the volume before turning the tv off, so I'm not really looking for that solution.)

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Press pause.
     
  3. TheDurk

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    Yep. Just remember to check that blue ring is not blinking, or you could UNPAUSE a paused show. I do this to avoid hearing the score of a baseball game when I am tuning in late.(Yankees games are wishlist recorded).
     
  4. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

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    Power off the DVR then turn it on last.
     
  5. wingtoc

    wingtoc Cool Member

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    Yes! Pressing pause will work perfectly. Thanks a lot everybody.
     
  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    and :welcome_s to DBSTalk!
     
  7. wingtoc

    wingtoc Cool Member

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    Thanks. This place kicks buttocks.
     
  8. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone DBSTalk Club

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    If you're using a universal remote, you could also program it to mute the TV before turning it off, so that it would be muted when you turned it back on.
     
  9. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

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    I've never owned a TV that would "remember" it had been muted prior to being turned off, so depending on the TV involved, this trick might not work.
     
  10. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Many modern televisions have a default volume setting that can be adjusted as needed (including setting to silent). This allows the volume to be set to a particular value each and every time the TV is fired up. I have my main TV set to come up at a volume setting of zero as I don't normally use the TV sound system.

    Another option is to wait to turn on the receiver until after the TV has been adjusted.
     
  11. hasan

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    My HDTV comes up at the last set volume level, but does not remember being muted. So, if one turned the volume down to "1", that would accomplish the same thing. Good suggestion!

    (I don't need it here, because I never use the TV volume, having a home theater amp) Even when using the Samsung built-in Netflix, I use the optical out to the HT, as no TV has sound that I can live with.

    Given you can get a cheap optical in HT setup for under a $100 that will vastly outperform any TVs built in speaker setup, I don't know why anyone (who doesn't have space considerations), would tolerate non-DD 5.1 poor audio performance that it typical of most TVs.
     
  12. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    I've got a 50" Panny plasma in the master bedroom and it's sound quality is passable. Certainly not equal to an A/V system (which I'm not allowed to put in the room, long story), but better than I thought it would be.

    Rich
     
  13. paulman182

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    Because so far TV audio quality has not mattered to me as long as I can hear it and dialog is understandable.

    I did say, "so far.":)
     
  14. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

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    Yep, different strokes for different folks, to be sure.:)

    To me, one of the most enjoyable things about TV is the sound quality, specifically dolby digital. For others, it may have no value whatsoever.

    It is, however, important to the creators of the programming, as many, if not most take advantage of the both the dynamic range and increased channel separation of Dolby Digital.
     
  15. jodyguercio

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    Our reasoning behind not using 5.1 for our tv viewing is simple, we have a small child who sleeps during prime time viewing and 5.1, even in night mode, is enough to keep him awake. Do we like two channel tv audio? No, we would rather use the HT setup we have but we have to consider our little one before tv viewing.
     
  16. hasan

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    That's the best reason I've ever seen for not having a HT on a sat system!
     
  17. NaperDan

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    Check your TV's audio settings. Many reputable, mainstream TV manufacturers include a volume setting for when it's turned on. Also bear in mind that your DVR is up and running as soon as the blue circle stops spinning (assuming you don't have yours turned off)...which is usually way before modern TVs are ready to send audio to their internal speakers. Also try just switching it to a non-audio channel before you turn it off, or right after you turn it on. But I think your best option is the TV audio.

    Can you not just turn the volume down to zero before you power it off?
     
  18. spartanstew

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    Well, I only have 5.1 (or 7.1) on 2 of our 7 displays.

    don't need speakers in the bedroom.
    don't need speakers on my 19" display in my home office
    The kids don't need speakers in their play room to watch Dora.
    We don't need speakers in the guest room
    We don't need speakers in the loft (computer area) on that 20" display.
     
  19. hasan

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    I should have said "main sat system". No need for HT elsewhere, as you noted.:)
     

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