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Old 09-02-2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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Ok here's the deal, I've noticed that when watching movies, and certain TV shows, that backround noises such as explosions, gunfire, car chases, and so on come in loud and crisp. When the scene changes with just dialog I'm having to turn the volume up cause I can hardly hear them speak...or they sound like they are mumbling! Have any of you have this problem? I'm just using my HDTV speakers, and I've tried every option in my sound menu. Sometimes when I have the surround on and the reverb setting to "Arena" seems to work but just barely. I'm just getting tired having to turn the volume down when the next action scene comes on. Is there a way to adjust the volume settings so that the sound will sound uniform?
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Ok here's the deal, I've noticed that when watching movies, and certain TV shows, that backround noises such as explosions, gunfire, car chases, and so on come in loud and crisp. When the scene changes with just dialog I'm having to turn the volume up cause I can hardly hear them speak...or they sound like they are mumbling! Have any of you have this problem? I'm just using my HDTV speakers, and I've tried every option in my sound menu. Sometimes when I have the surround on and the reverb setting to "Arena" seems to work but just barely. I'm just getting tired having to turn the volume down when the next action scene comes on. Is there a way to adjust the volume settings so that the sound will sound uniform?
If using a set top box, tweak the settings.

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Old 09-02-2008, 12:58 AM   #3
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My DirectTV audio menu only has the option of turning Dolby Digital On/Off. I'll see if turning it off will make a difference. Thanks!

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It sounds like your TV is not matrixing surround sound to send the center channel to the TV speakers. The center channel is where most dialog is sent so likely turning off DD will help.

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Old 09-02-2008, 03:11 AM   #5
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That's what I forgot to do! My set is a Vizio L37
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It sounds like your TV is not matrixing surround sound to send the center channel to the TV speakers. The center channel is where most dialog is sent so likely turning off DD will help.

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Old 09-02-2008, 07:33 AM   #6
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yeah turning off the simulated surround sound will help. Also if there is an audio equalizer, setting it to flat will has help minimize.

But over all this is a very common problem with all LCD's that have just the two internal speakers. When movies or show's are put out in a 5.1 surround the tv is only able to handle 2.0. The lack of a center speaker is where most find the problem with low dialoge. This is with almost all brands of TV's.
A good solution is to one either purchase a surround sound systems. You can get a decent Home theater in a Box for under $200 or a sound bar, Sony makes a really good one that passes HDMI, from your cable to box to the soundbar to the TV. It's a 3.1 system that has the center speaker. Price isn't too too bad under $300, best price I've seen is at Walmart. $280.
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Home Theater in a box or sound bar are your best bets here, depending on space and budgets. Home theater in a box is preferred just so you have the option of using the 2 rear speakers for the real "sound bubble" effect.
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Thanks for everyones help! I will definetly look into a home theather system. One more question, do they make a surround system specifically for bedrooms?
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Nope, not that I have seen. You may see some with different titles on it, trying to appeal to different niches, like "Gamer surround sound" or "Movie" surround sound, but it is really just the same kinds of 5.1 systems.
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cool...thanx again
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Nope, not that I have seen. You may see some with different titles on it, trying to appeal to different niches, like "Gamer surround sound" or "Movie" surround sound, but it is really just the same kinds of 5.1 systems.
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I think something like this would be perfect for you - http://www.accessories4less.com/make...e-BLACK/1.html
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Hey thanx for the recommendation! I went to the website and everything sounded good! The price is awesome too! Do you have this setup? If so, how does it sound?

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Hey thanx for the recommendation! I went to the website and everything sounded good! The price is awesome too! Do you have this setup? If so, how does it sound?
I don't own one personally but a friend does and it sounds great! For the price, you can't possibly get anything better.
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