When watching DVD movies using the surround sound, the dialogue isn't loud enough to hear sometimes and the background sounds and music drown it out. It isn't that you can't hear the voices at all, but it's so low it's really hard to make out what the characters are saying. It's like it's not proportionate to the music and background noises.
Changing the surround sound settings makes no difference. I noticed there is a button on the remote that doesn't work. It's labled "CHOICE" and I have no idea what it does. Even tried to get a new remote control, but the button still does nothing. Not sure if it has anything to do with it or not.
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The on-screen menu appears only when the selected source
is DVD or VCD on the DVD/VCD/CD player and the disc
is in the slot and NOT PLAYING.
On the remote control ONLY:
1. Press CHOICE (it should work now)
LANGUAGE menu appears.
2 Press Cursor to move to the
menu you want? which is AUDIO
Selected item changes its color to green.
1. Display EXPERT SPEAKER SETTING menu.
2. Press Cursor to select ?TEST TONE,?
then press ENTER.
?TEST TONE? changes its color to green and test tone
comes out of in the following sequence?left front speaker,
center speaker, right front speaker, right rear speaker, and
left rear speaker.
? Test tone is output only when the tray loaded with a DVD is
selected, but not playing.
3. Press Cursor to move to ?C.SPK?
LEVEL? or ?R.SPK?LEVEL,? then press ENTER.
4. Press Cursor to adjust the output level, then
? You can adjust the output level from ??6 dB? to ?+6 dB.?
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to adjust the other speaker output
6. Press Cursor to select ?TEST TONE,?
then press ENTER.
Test tone stops.
7. When finished, press Cursor to move
to ?EXIT,? then press ENTER.
EXPERT SPEAKER SETTING menu disappears.
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Looks like you have inadvertently enabled some sound effect, usually these effects can be enabled/ disabled form sounds menu. They will have names like surround, movie hall, concert etc. Go to the sound settings and disable any activated audio effects.
on some dvd players and surround sound systems have a thing called DRC (dynamic range compression) you can us that and it will help it a little. i have come across the same problem but im after a digital on to run with plex or vlc on a mac. im having to route it through protools to use a compressor on there, but thats eating my resources.
Thank you, everyone! I thought maybe I was losing my mind. I can hardly watch a lot of the TV shows anymore due to the inappropriate use of music -- either it's too loud or there's just too darned much of it. Come on, TV producers! You are supposed to get better with time, not worse! Thank goodness I'm not alone.
If you will allow me to make an assumption, you do not have a 5.1 surround system connected to your DVD player. This is a common experience with users of a standard TV or stereo receiver if a movie is being presented in 5.1.
In a surround sound system the center channel speaker provides almost all the vocal tracks while the side channels will provide music and some background noises. You'll still be able to hear the voices in your side speakers, but it will be muted and over powered by music or sound effects.
Some DVD players allow you to "Downmix" the surround signal to stereo. You might want to look around your sound setup on the DVD player or check your owners manual.