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Old 11-18-2013, 08:21 AM   #1  
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We currently have a Vizio 65" LCD television. We are very pleased with it, except for the sound. At first I thought it was just me because I am hearing impaired, (totally deaf in my left ear, and only about 80% hearing in my right), but lately my wife is experiencing the same thing, and she has perfect hearing.

We constantly have to "throttle" the volume up or down depending on the program. Background noise at times is so unbearable we cannot even hear what the actors or narrators are saying. For example, when we watch "How It's Made", or "Factory Made" on the Science Channel, the background guitar music all but completely drowns out the narration to the point you can't hear the spoken word. Also, when I watch NHRA Drag Racing on ESPN the sound of the cars is like they're in a tunnel. Nothing like the real deal.

I was thinking a good sound bar would help, but I'm not sure. And I don't want to gamble with $300.00+ and find out all I did was make the problem louder. I don't want a big system that is a pain to hook up, and run wires everywhere. I've heard from several sources the speakers employed in these big TV's are not that great. Has anyone else experienced this? And if so, how did you remedy it? Thanks in advance.
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That's a hard call. Part of the problem is the way surround sound is mixed down to two channel, and the center channel (dialogue) can suffer if it's not done properly. There are deficiencies in a lot of the flat screen speaker arrangements (built-in) and getting a soundbar will help in that respect, but you'll still be dealing with the same mix, and as you surmised, though louder, the dialogue may not be that much better. I would look for a lower priced soundbar, and see if it helps. Try PartsExpress.com.
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I suggest checking the audio settings on both your cable box and your TV. Try setting everything to stereo and turning off any surround modes on the TV.
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That's a good idea, thanks. I'll look into it. I'm running Tivo so I will look at that first.
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