Not sure what you're talking about really
It's *the* TV volume control
It doesn't vary across sources so I don't get where all this is coming from?
I never had an issue with inconsistent volume avoid sources until I bought this Humax with it's pseudo volume
Hence the post
This is all foreign to non Humax users
It's a Humax only issue
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The Humax boxes have independent volume controls, so you can either use it as the master volume (I watch telly exclusively via the Humax, even live, because of the live pause facility), or adjust the Humax volume to match the TV's tuner volume and then stick to using the TV's volume control - that way there will be no variation switching between TV tuner and Humax as the source.
I take issue with your assertion that this is only a Humax problem: my DVD and Blu-Ray players don't have any means to adjust their output volume, and using them as sources there is a significant variance with the TV tuner volume resulting in having to change the TV volume to a comfortable level (and then restoring it when returning to the TV or Humax sources). If anything, this is a "problem" Humax have cracked and everyone else is behind on. It's not a pseudo-volume control, it is entirely functional if you want to use it.
The source of annoyance with Humax is simply that the remote control handset (for the HDR-FOX/Foxsat, anyway) can control the Humax itself and three other items (including the TV), but has no "break through" on the controls so that it only controls the TV volume and mute when in TV mode - so it's easy to forget to press the TV button when adjusting the volume and you end up controlling the Humax output volume instead. We've solved that in HDR-FOX custom firmware by being able to disable the volume buttons in Humax mode.
The Logitech Harmony range of universal programmable remote control handsets have volume and mute buttons which always send out the TV codes whichever mode you are in, which solves the problem, once the source volumes are matched - and as said above, it is possible to match the source volume on a Humax and you have to trust to luck with other devices that have no independent control of output volume.