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Old 06-07-2011, 12:14 AM
 
Location: central CT
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You need to invest in a quality center channel speaker.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Wow, I have never heard of this before. Have you witnessed this theft????
Few people see them in the act, but yes, I have been behind the screens at various theatres, seen that the speakers are gone, and had to call the technicians to come in and replace them.

The people who steal them are clueless, as theatre speakers are a very poor substitute for the more modern speakers used in home systems and even some vehicles. The impedences are wrong, the crossover system is funky, and response curves are aimed at the roll-off from optical track recordings on the edge of the film instead of CDs or whatever is currently popular. They also tend to be very large and heavy.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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I also have this problem. Although I can quieten the sound due to having Dutch captions, part of the whole fun of watching an action flick is the sound of explosions or cars accelerating.
I'll look into my TV settings.
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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When I get irritated enough (and my hearing is fine, too), I just mute the sound, read lips, and make up my own plot line to exact petty revenge against the director.

Let me add in my own pet peeve concerning LIGHTING. I have to squint to see facial expressions and wonder if I'm going blind (and my eyesight is corrected to 20/20) when so many scenes in movies are filmed in the dark even when it's not necessary.

The director, of course, thinks it adds to the subtle menace and brooding ambiance and who knows what else...

(Rant off...)
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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When I get irritated enough (and my hearing is fine, too), I just mute the sound, read lips, and make up my own plot line to exact petty revenge against the director.

Let me add in my own pet peeve concerning LIGHTING. I have to squint to see facial expressions and wonder if I'm going blind (and my eyesight is corrected to 20/20) when so many scenes in movies are filmed in the dark even when it's not necessary.

The director, of course, thinks it adds to the subtle menace and brooding ambiance and who knows what else...

(Rant off...)

Yes, I second your hate of the fricken DARK SCENES, I just hate that so much.

And I spent this last Sunday with remote in hand.....hitting the mute button every couple of minutes..........DOH.
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Old 12-25-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Comcast in Spokane.......just terrible.

I turn up the volume so I can hear the dialogue in a program........then when a commercial hits..frick......the volume just about doubles. I am sure the cable companies COULD do something about this.......but then the advertisers would have a hissy fit.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Even with tivo, it has gotten to the point that we no longer watch movies on television. Solves most of the problem for us.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Yeah, happens to me a lot. I have cheap center channel speakers though. I've tried to adjust the "volume" of just the center channel but it gets to the point where it sounds too overboosted and the overall quality of my surround system is dragged down because of it. The next time I upgrade my speakers, I will take my time with the little mic that came with my reciever to do the levels settings to make sure each speaker is set accordingly and try that- but I still don't think it will be near optimum.

The worst offender I've run into lately was Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson. Not only is the dailogue too low, but most everybody mutters quickly in one heavy accent or another and then BOOM, action.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Yeah, happens to me a lot. I have cheap center channel speakers though. I've tried to adjust the "volume" of just the center channel but it gets to the point where it sounds too overboosted and the overall quality of my surround system is dragged down because of it. The next time I upgrade my speakers, I will take my time with the little mic that came with my reciever to do the levels settings to make sure each speaker is set accordingly and try that- but I still don't think it will be near optimum.

The worst offender I've run into lately was Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson. Not only is the dailogue too low, but most everybody mutters quickly in one heavy accent or another and then BOOM, action.

I hate that so bad............cannot hear the dialogue in a movie..........then when action comes...................just overkill...............pathetic.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Saw this new rule for Tv Stations....goes into effect in about a year.




Gov't asks viewers to police too-loud TV ads - Political Hotsheet - CBS News


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve rules implementing legislation that makes it illegal for advertisers to pump up the volume during television commercial breaks.
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