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Terk VR1 Automatic TV Volume Controller

by Terk
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  • Compatible with any AV device using RCA connectors
  • Once installed, never needs adjusting
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing for quick, automatic volume adjustment - in less than 2/1000-ths of a second
  • Built-in Noise Reduction removes the 'hiss' present in some sounds
  • Adjusts bass and treble signals for improved dialogue
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Terk
  • Model: VR-1
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Width: 0.00 inches
  • Height: 0.00 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00008VWOJ
  • Item model number: VR-1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Automatically Adjusts Volume for Normal Listening Levels / Compatible with any Television using RCA Composite Connectors. Do you find your self repeatedly adjusting the volume on your TV and home-theater sound system? TERK VR-1 Volume Regulator is a fully automatic device that automatically adjusts loudness to proper listening levels. Also works with MP3 play through audio and computer systems 3.8 High x 3.2 Wide x 1.4 Deep

Customer Reviews

Music sounds bad, loses most the high and low frequencies.
Steve Miller
The remote control volume buttons are there to adjust how loud _you_ want things, the "tv volume controller" keeps it that way.
Anders Frihagen
Both exhibit the same problem: Popping noises when it's doing its volume regulating... too bad, loud commercials are annoying.
Lloyd Xmas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Jason Scott on November 23, 2005
Loud annoying commercials or low whispering in some shows make watching TV less enjoyable, especially when you have to constantly adjust the volume up or down. I think everyone knows that annoying commercial where the female announcer pops up on the screen and says "when is a diet pill worth 153 dollars a bottle". The volume of that commercial is so loud, you are knocked out of your seat. I saw the Terk VR1 advertised and thought I'd give it a try. I have been very pleased with it. It really does exactly what it says it does.

It's simple to install. There is nothing to adjust. Just plug it in between your cable box, VCR or dish receiver and your TV and turn it on. It's that simple. Unfortunately, if you have an old fashioned standard TV antenna (through the air type such as an old fashioned roof-top or inside rabbit ears), the Terk VR1 won't work for you unless you use your VCR to receive over the air broadcasts. You need a "receiver" such as a cable box, dish receiver, VCR, etc. The receiver (cable box, dish box, VCR, etc.) plugs directly into the Terk, then the Terk is plugged into your TV using the included RCA cables.

I was amazed how much of a difference the Terk made. Surfing from channel to channel doesn't require adjusting the volume. The volume of the commercials is the same as the show, so no need to hit the "mute" button during every commercial break. When movies or shows have low volume scenes, such as whispering, the volume is automatically adjusted so you can actually hear what is being said.

I give the Terk VR1 5 stars.

Update as of May, 2012: I am still using this product and it still works like a charm. In fact, I've even started seeing some newer TV's being sold with this technology already installed in the TV itself. I wasn't dissapointed with this product then and it's still going strong 7 years later!
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Martha L. Freeman on November 26, 2003
I was looking for a solution to having to adjust the TV volume at every commercial break (my Sony doesn't have automatic volume control) and this device does exactly what it claims. I have hooked it between my digital cable
box and the TV via the RCA-type audio out plugs on the digital box and connected to the VR-1 audio-in. Another set of audio plugs go from the
VR-1's audio-out to the TV's audio-in. You can bypass the signal modulation
with a switch on the front of the VR-1 if so desired, but for most programming you will want it to be ON! It adjusts the volume for the loudest commercials so that everything is very level and you then adjust the volume on your cable remote to the level you like.
Be aware that it does not work with a stand-alone TV, you have to have an
A/V input such as a dish receiver, digital cable box or home theater receiver.
If you find loud commercials as aggravating as I do, you'll love this little device!
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233 of 253 people found the following review helpful By David F. Miller on December 18, 2004
The TERK VR-1 Volume Regulator is an electronic device that automatically limits the amount of audio that can be fed to an external stereo amplifier or home theater system, so that variations in audio levels between TV stations on a cable system or satellite receiver will be more or less "leveled out". In other words, no more barely able to hear one channel, while being blasted out of your chair when you surf to the next channel. It acts like a brick wall to excessive audio levels; you can throw a goodly amount of audio at it, but it will only output a fixed level and that's it! And it does it's job extremely well and without noticeable distortion. That having been said, however, keep something else in mind ... the psychological aspects of sound. A lot of the audio we hear today on the air waves is compressed audio, meaning that there is less dynamic range and more sound power within the audio "package". The result is that processed audio (audio that's been compressed) sounds much louder than audio that has its normal dynamic range. That's why some commercials sound louder than the program material that they're inserted into, and why some musical segways between the program and the commercials sound so loud. In other words, it's not just the peaks of the audio that make for a loud sounding audio material, it's also how much the audio has been processed during its production. The VR-1 (or any other volume regulator) can do very little to uncompress intentional efforts to pack more audio power into a sound channel. That would be asking a lot!

A device like the TERK VR-1 Volume Regulator isn't for everyone, the buyer needs to have some familiarity with interconnecting home theater audio components to achieve the desired results.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Anonynona on February 15, 2007
When putting your various audio components through an amp, this unit will control the volume of them all! This product performs EXACTLY as the manufacturer says and does it excellently! Limiters are common knowledge among recording engineers and advanced audiophiles alike. While nothing like the pro limiters, this Turk (brand Audiovox, in this case) product works basically the same; once installed and cables plugged in as to route all audio signals to pass through it, the process is simply described. Before activating the limiter, you set your amp's output volume to the loudest level you ever wish to hear from your systems components, then you activate the unit by sliding a front panel switch from left to right and you're done! This "Volume Controller" will not only limit/prvent the max audio level from exceeding your earlier setting, but it will also ensure that your volume doesn't stay below what you set. A very clever, affordble gadget that will perform exactly as designed. If you have all of your equipment (or main components, including the "Volume Controller") backed up by a good quality UPS, this unit will perform excellently.

The ONLY complaint... If this limiter is not on a UPS and the power goes out or even flickers (possibly even a short brown-out), the "Automatic Volume Controller" will go into an unactivated state (e.g., no longer provides any control over your audio levels). Many people that have bought this product don't realize what's happened and, as many developments' homeowners may find outages/flickers occur on a regular basis (too often), blame the product for not working.
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