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Sony Blu-ray Sound Problem

I have a Sony Blu Ray player. The sound is low when playing discs and I have to turn the volume up high. Then, it is too loud in an action scene but too low for just talking.

It is connected via HDMI to an LG TV - I do not have surround sound but surely the sound should be better than this just through my TV.

Any help please would be appreciated.


This is quite a common issue for many people. It is just down to the way the soundtrack is mixed.

A surround sound speaker system would help as it will isolate the talking to the centre speaker - and most of the effects will be front/left right and on the subwoofer. However, some people still complain about this even with surround speakers!

There are a couple of things you could try if you are using the sound through your TV:

1. Most players have a menu setting to compress the audio so the difference between the loud and quiet sounds is less. This may help to get a better balance. For instance, on the Sony BDP-S360 it is called 'Audio DRC'. Check your manual and find out where you can enable this in the menu.

2. Change the EQ settings for your TV. If your TV allows you control over the audio output (some have more control than others), take off some of the bass (try 150 Hz and below) and boost the mid-range frequencies a little (around 4-5 kHz if you have that much control). The bass will pull the effects back a bit, and the mid-range will bring out the voices better.

Have a play with these two things (try one or the other - or both together), and you should be able to make it a bit better.

All the best.

Paul (Site Editor)

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