My receiver just went out. Something internal causing just static? It is a Samsung that I just bought about a year ago from Circuit City as they were closing. Won’t make that mistake again as you are stuck with it.
Anyway, this is the second surround unit I have owned and the main reason for buying the Samsung was to link it to my new Samsung LCD and Blu-ray with HDMI capability.
Since whatever happened to it seems terminal, I am going to go out and buy another soon, but I want to find two main features this time if they exist. Or maybe I need to know a better way to set the modes.
1st thing and most important is, how can you get the sound to balance in a way that you can hear the words of what is being said clearly and above both music and sound effects?
You see I am a bit hard of hearing and have to turn up the volume more than normal. The problem is when a sound effect session or a cut to music occurs it blows you out of your seat as those seem to be twice as loud as the people talking. This seems to be a constant issue with TV, and especially bad with DVD’s, but when you go to the movies it is not as bad.
I know you can turn up the center speaker more than the others and that helps some but there are still limits.
Is there something special that can be done to solve this or is there a particular brand and model of unit that filters this problem better? Any help here would be great!
2nd issue is can anything be done to control the ridiculous volume increase when a commercial comes on?
This has gotten so annoying especially when I run the volume a little higher than others do. I have to sit around with my finger on the volume button of the remote.
Batteries don’t last long like that!
Again, thanks for any help, sorry this is so long.
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Your issues are common for many people – and the biggest problem is it will vary from source to source depending on what you are watching.
Although there isn’t a perfect ‘fix all’ for this, there are a couple of things to think about. You may find one, or all, of these, helps to make it better in your room.
Try some of these and see if you can make it a bit better.
As for the TV adverts, most these days are heavily compressed and limited so that they sound as loud and ‘in-your-face’ as possible. Unfortunately, the TV show isn’t mixed like this so there is a huge difference in volume between the two.
I just hit the ‘mute’ button as soon as the adverts start. If they’re going to annoy me with the volume of their adverts, then I just won’t listen to them at all!
All the best.
Paul (Site Editor)
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