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Why Is My Roku TV Volume so Low?

As an owner of a Roku TV, I know how frustrating it can be when the volume is too low. I recently encountered this problem and, after a lot of research and testing, I’m here to share how I solved the issue and some other solutions I discovered along the way. In this blog post, I’ll explain why my Roku TV volume was so low and how I got it back up to a comfortable level.

Tips:

  • If your Roku TV volume is too low, check if the remote is properly paired or if the batteries are fresh.
  • Turn on volume leveling and night volume settings to adjust the sound levels.
  • Make sure any external audio device is properly connected and that its volume is turned on.
  • If none of the above solutions work, you can try factory resetting your device.

Why Is My Roku TV Volume so Low?

If you’ve tried turning the volume up and you still can’t hear a thing, you might want to check the following:

Remote Pairing Issue

A reason your Roku TV volume might be too low and won’t seem to be fixed is simply that the remote isn’t paired.

Roku remotes can either be standard infrared or enhanced “point-anywhere” remotes. To know which one you have, open the battery compartment and locate the pairing button. If it’s there, then you have an enhanced remote.

If you have an IR remote, make sure the batteries are fresh and properly inserted, and that nothing is blocking its path to the TV.

If you have a new enhanced remote, then you’ll first need to set it up. This can be done by accessing Settings > Remote and Devices > Remotes. Then, select your remote and set it up. The TV should start playing music then.

If your remote isn’t new and was working beforehand, you might need to re-pair it with the TV. To do this, you’ll need to remove the batteries from the remote and unplug your TV for a few seconds.

Reconnect your TV and turn it on, then put the batteries back in the remote. After that, press the pairing button inside the remote’s battery compartment. 

The pairing light on your remote should start flashing. This means that your remote is paired successfully to the TV.

Volume Leveling / Night Volume

Volume leveling is a great option that allows for more consistent sound levels across different media. It solves the issue of loud commercials in between otherwise quiet shows. This way, you won’t need to keep adjusting the volume.

Night volume, on the other hand, softens some exaggerated sounds while enhancing others. This technology is available on many Roku devices. Turning it on might help with your audio issues. To turn it off or on, simply press the star (*) button on your remote control and switch modes.

Audio Settings

Many TVs come with different audio modes that enhance your viewing experience. However, they’re not specifically assigned to any content. You’ll need to manually adjust these modes to match your preferences.

You might also need to adjust bass, mids, and treble frequencies. All these options might seem insignificant, but fine-tuning them will dramatically enhance your experience.

To adjust audio settings, press the home button, then Settings > Audio. From there, you can make selections to adjust the sound.

It’s recommended to download the Roku mobile app. This will help you adjust the sound as you like without any complications.

External Speaker Issue

The audio problem might not be with your Roku TV at all. If you have an external speaker system, it’s best to check it first before making any unnecessary adjustments to your TV.

Make sure any audio device connected to your Roku TV supports S/PDIF or HDMI audio

All Roku TV devices support systems that use digital audio output, sometimes referred to as S/PDIF. To connect this sound system, you’ll use what’s known as a TOSLINK cable.

The connection that’s often found on newer audio devices is HDMI ARC. To connect it, you simply use the HDMI cable. 

There are even newer devices that use enhancedARC. This is only available for select Roku TV models.

Once your audio device is properly connected, you’ll need to enable it from the TV settings. Access the settings from the home menu, select System > Control Other Devices, then highlight ARC from the scroll menu and press ‘OK.’

You’ll also need to enable a feature called CEC. To access this, instead of highlighting ARC in the previous steps, highlight System audio control, press ‘OK’ to enable it, then highlight 1-touch play, and press ‘OK.’

Factory Reset

If none of the above options work, you should try resetting your TV to factory mode. This erases any changes that have been made to your TV and resets it to how it was when you first started using it.

This will erase all your settings and account from the device, so make sure you’ve tried all the other steps before resorting to it.

There are two ways to do this. You can access the settings menu > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced Reset, then follow the instructions.

The second way is to locate the reset button on your Roku TV. It’s usually found on the back or the bottom of the device. You might need a paperclip if it’s a pinhole button. Firmly press the button, then wait 10 seconds.

The TV’s light will blink rapidly, indicating that the reset is done.

Conclusion

Your Roku TV volume might be too low due to an unpaired remote, improper sound settings, or a faulty audio connection. 

If you’re using an external audio device, make sure it’s properly connected and that its volume is turned on. 

If the issue is none of these, then you might want to factory reset your device. This last resort will surely solve your problem.

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