I'm having trouble with My TV sound Viszio L37. The sound comes muffelled and some times has so much background. The commercials music always very high and I have to lower the Tv down then when the real show comes back, I can't hear the TV unless I rais the volume. I'm sick and tired of adjusting the Bass, Tune, The volume , checking the installation over and over , reading the manuals. I think I'm going to take back to Costeco.
I know thier are some hidden sound settings in the menu if you hit your menu key on your remote [or the one on the side of your tv],then goto to the tv and press both the channel up and down buttons simultaneously. You will see a factor menu, try changing the sound settings in there.
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This is typical of sound systems that come with TVs, especially flat screens. You need to look into purchasing an external sound system, such as a sound bar or a surround sound system. That way you can have better control of background/voice ratios.
I had this problem with my previous TV (Syntax by Olevia, an off brand). It only happened to me on certain channels, and for certain shows. What is happening is the TV station is broadcasting the audio in Dolby 5.1 format. For some stupid reason, the TV is playing the background speakers (effects) instead of the speaking parts. You get a little bleed-over of the voices into the back speakers, so voices are there but really quiet. Unfortunately my TV didn't have any surround sound options to fix this.
See if your TV has a surround sound option. Otherwise, you will need to connect the TV sound output to a surround sound system that can properly decode the audio channels.
Check your TV's audio settings and make sure it's not set for SAP (second audio program). You'll probably find it's turned on. On many channels or programs you won't notice anything since the broadcast doesn't include a SAP signal. But if the signal's there, the set switches to that sound channel and you have the trouble you describe.
The problem you might run into is that you often need the original remote to control the audio settings. I don't remember for sure if your Sony model has front-panel menu control. I believe that series does, though. (The remotes included with most TV sets usually have a single button to control SAP, which is often how the settings get changed in the first place. Someone hits the button and doesn't know it.)
Hope this takes of your mystery sound! Thanks for using Fixya.
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.