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    J E R S E Y S B E S T Jerseysbest's Avatar
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    Will a resistor reduce speaker volume?

    I have a TV where the lowest volume setting is actually little too loud for me when I watch while I'm in bed and there is no other noise in the room and I'm not about to spend money on a new tv when this one works fine otherwise.

    Can I just solder in an inline resistor to each speaker to reduce the volume a bit?

    If so, what resistor should I go with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseysbest
    I have a TV where the lowest volume setting is actually little too loud for me when I watch while I'm in bed and there is no other noise in the room and I'm not about to spend money on a new tv when this one works fine otherwise.

    Can I just solder in an inline resistor to each speaker to reduce the volume a bit?

    If so, what resistor should I go with?
    Easier soklution:

    Just muffle the speakers with cushions in a way they don't block the screen! No soldering required!
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    J E R S E Y S B E S T Jerseysbest's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
    Easier soklution:

    Just muffle the speakers with cushions in a way they don't block the screen! No soldering required!
    I've thought about that, buts its too easy of a solution, I have the urge to take this thing apart

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    solder a metallic pillow over the speaker.
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    I'm no expert but I always thought that speakers operated on AC. How would a restistor be connected? Across the leads would effect the impedence would it not?

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    Resistor affects AC same way as DC as current only flow in one direction at any moment in time. Think about the resistive load of a 60w bulb vs. a 120w bulb. Anyway, hooking up a resistor in series will limit the total current flow. If it's an 8-ohm speaker, adding an 8-ohm resistor in series will reduce power by 1/2. Adding a resistor in parallel across the leads creates a voltage-divider. Sure you might get lower power going through the speaker, but may end up with 2x or 3x the powerr being shunted through the resistor.

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    Do as Danno suggested. Solder a 4 ohm resistor in series with the speaker if it's a 4 ohm speaker; an 8 ohm resistor if the speaker is 8 ohms, etc.
    Forget the parallel resistor idea.



    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseysbest
    I have a TV where the lowest volume setting is actually little too loud for me when I watch while I'm in bed and there is no other noise in the room.
    Or you could turn on the radio or some other "noise-making" device so the TV volume won't seem too loud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
    Resistor affects AC same way as DC as current only flow in one direction at any moment in time. Think about the resistive load of a 60w bulb vs. a 120w bulb. Anyway, hooking up a resistor in series will limit the total current flow. If it's an 8-ohm speaker, adding an 8-ohm resistor in series will reduce power by 1/2. Adding a resistor in parallel across the leads creates a voltage-divider. Sure you might get lower power going through the speaker, but may end up with 2x or 3x the powerr being shunted through the resistor.
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    It'll work, just be aware of how much power is being dissipated by the resistor. If you hook an 8 ohm resistor in series with an 8 ohm speaker, half the amplifier power will be dissipated by the resistor, so if your amp is putting out 1 or 2 watts, a normal little 1/4 watt resistor is going to get real hot. I'd look for a 1/2 or 1 watt resistor.

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    Easier solution. Put a resistor in each ear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken B.
    Easier solution. Put a resistor in each ear.
    dang! i is pwned!
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