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    Is background music and nosie on TV too loud today?

    Please if you don't watch TV there is no reason to post to this thread telling us you don't watch.

    I love most of the CBS programming. Person of Interest is awesome. I think one of the best dramas ever. But I can't hear the lousy dialog on the shows because the background music is too darn loud. It is annoying and distracting. At first I thought it was just me. Then I did a search. Apprenetly I am not the only one. What do others here think?

    If you think background music is too loud, I encourage you to leave feedback. Here is the link for CBS.

    http://www.cbs.com/feedback
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    That's why I need closed captioning most of the time.

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    Most human voices lie in a fairly narrow frequency range and a lot of common, loud, persistent noises also occur in that range. You're probably experiencing a diminished capacity to hear those frequencies which In turn makes everything else seem louder.

    Get your hearing checked by a professional, if there's a problem it's something you'll want to take care of sooner than later.

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    Are you using a surround sound system with or without a center channel speaker?

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    My hearing loss manifests itself as an inability for me to hear voices (in particular) if there is any background noise. If more than one person speaks at a time all I hear is jumbled words.
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    Garret Morris approves of this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlyAlfaRomeo View Post
    Most human voices lie in a fairly narrow frequency range and a lot of common, loud, persistent noises also occur in that range. You're probably experiencing a diminished capacity to hear those frequencies which In turn makes everything else seem louder.
    Wrong. Watch any current TV show or movie and you have to blast the volume to hear the dialog, but then you go deaf as soon as any action sounds or music happens. It's not even so much that the volume is different, dialog I find from today's programming and movies just seem muffled. Now turn on an old TV show or movie and the dialog is clear, crisp, and easy to understand.

    It's not my old ears either. My 13 and 10 year olds' ears aren't old and they are constantly complaining they can't hear the dialog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    Wrong.
    You make a very persuasive argument.


    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    Watch any current TV show or movie and you have to blast the volume to hear the dialog, but then you go deaf as soon as any action sounds or music happens. It's not even so much that the volume is different, dialog I find from today's programming and movies just seem muffled. Now turn on an old TV show or movie and the dialog is clear, crisp, and easy to understand.

    It's not my old ears either. My 13 and 10 year olds' ears aren't old and they are constantly complaining they can't hear the dialog.
    Oh wait, no you don't.

    Look I'm not trying to start a flame war but so far the poll results show that you're in the minority.

    Your experience and that of your children aren't exactly iron clad evidence to support your position and there are several reasons why you and your kids could be experiencing the same thing.
    Last edited by CharlyAlfaRomeo; 01-07-14 at 11:17 AM.

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    I've made it though 30 min of Person of Interest, comcast HD on-demand. HDMI from the cable box into a receiver then left/right speakers only, the audio seems fine.

    If you're using the speakers built into a TV, they may not have the accuracy to play everything back with clarity.

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    The world in general is too loud... and that every mall and restaurant wants to play some background music doesn't help.

    One of the most exasperating things I think I have heard is the hew and cry to put "noise makers" on electric vehicles... I'd rather we just worked to quiet the whole environment around us.

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    It may depend on how you are listening. In the past, TV audio was mixed to sound good over 3" speakers built into TV sets. Now it's mixed more like movies, and sounds best over full range multi channel setups. I've got a sweet 5.1 system with a big amp and TV sounds just right.

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    also actors ability to pronounce words clearly is declining ... or maybe my hearing is going
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    Quote Originally Posted by memebag View Post
    It may depend on how you are listening. In the past, TV audio was mixed to sound good over 3" speakers built into TV sets. Now it's mixed more like movies, and sounds best over full range multi channel setups. I've got a sweet 5.1 system with a big amp and TV sounds just right.
    I could believe that... especially if one is watching a movie made for the big screen in the first place. Makes sense.

    I know my flat screen does a wonderful job of pushing sound out the back... while I am in front of it. One of these days I'm gonna hook up a good sound system to really enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    I could believe that... especially if one is watching a movie made for the big screen in the first place. Makes sense.
    It isn't just movies. Network dramas, cable series, etc. are often mixed for big sound systems now.

    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    I know my flat screen does a wonderful job of pushing sound out the back... while I am in front of it. One of these days I'm gonna hook up a good sound system to really enjoy it.
    I can't listen to TV speakers. I got spoiled back in the 90s. My TV room has the full setup, and the TV in the bedroom has a sound bar. I'd be fine if they sold more TVs without any speakers.

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    This: I know my flat screen does a wonderful job of pushing sound out the back... while I am in front of it. Now I have to spend more money or cob up some type of halfxxx sound system just to hear unmuffled audio.
    Last edited by okane; 01-07-14 at 12:35 PM.

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