Why do I find dialogue in films so hard to make out?
You’re watching the wrong films?
I was listening to an old mark kermode podcast not so long ago. They were discussing audio levels in many movies (Hollywood) being incorrect on DVD and blurays causing dialogue to become both distorted and drowned by sound effects/incidental music etc. It was from a podcast dating back to 2010 I think and they had a few film producers being interviewed about the issue.
Certainly I find with some of my DVDs that the sound effects are painfully loud but dialogue is barely audible.Posted 4 years agogrievoustimMember
I agree it’s a problem for me too – often need subtitles on
With DVDs/ blu rays/ Netflix etc i often find the sound is set to 5.1 as default
I don’t have a 5.1 system – switching to a regular stereo soundtrack (if there is one) often seems to result in clearer sounding dialogue for mePosted 4 years agozilog6128Subscriber
Can you increase the volume of the centre channel only from your amp to make it clearer?
Agree though that modern films often have quite “mumbly” dialogue, sometimes I have to rewind bits a few times or stick the subtitles on to work out what people are saying! Could just be our ears though!Posted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
Small / large is nothing to do with volume, it’s relating to the range of frequencies supplied to the speakers. Set them as ‘small’ and it’ll send less bass to them (ie, the low end cutoff is higher). Or at least, that’s what mine does, YMMV.
Random thought, you’ve not got the centre channel out of phase have you?Posted 4 years agoPrinceJohnMember
If it’s set up with audyssey it might be the dynamic range that is the issue, when I run mine at full in order to have the dialogue at a reasonable level any loud noises make the house shake. I like this more than the neighbours and the girlfriend. It might also be known as a late night listening mode.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
I have this problem in films when watching on my 5.1 but not in real life or the cinema.
I think they want you to have ooh wow mega explosions that are realy loud, so it you set the volume for sensible explosions and effects the dialogue is too quiet. Too much dynamic range. Varies per film though.Posted 4 years ago
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