I use this DVD player to do my daily aerobic workout in my basement. I have the volume up to the max and I can hear it fine in my large basement room. I really don't need to be watching the video constantly, and only need the audio to guide my workouts, so I think the volume is fine. If I was watching a video, I guess I'd be sitting closer to the DVD player, and would not need the volume up so much. It does not play very LOUD like a TV, but it's small, and so loud volume isn't necessary. The sound is clear and is good. I hope this answers your question.