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How to fix very low dialogue but very loud sound effects?

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I would like to know How to fix very low dialogue but very loud sound effects in the movies? The difference between the voice and the sound effects/music are really huge, that is why most of the time when I watch movies I turn the volume up really high to hear their conversation and I turn it down when the sound effects are playing because it's too loud. I use a soundbar which is LGSH5B connected to my LG50'' 6300LB TV via HDMI. What should I do to balance these sounds? Also the dialogue gets much better when I turn the (Netflix movie) sound setting of the movie from 5.1 to stereo but the downside is the sound effects are not as amazing as 5.1. I would like to have the sound effects of 5.1 but with clearer dialogue. Thank You!

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After seeing thousands of posts about this

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There is no single cure when the source material is bad. I've taken to turning on CC all the time now.

I see you discovered the stereo solution.

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Smart volume settings can help

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I also have the same problem - most home sound systems have a setting called "smart volume" which stops excessive noise jumps. Personally i'm not a big fan of this setting as it seems to cause all the audio to become slightly muffled... hard to describe. Some people notice it some don't. (on other systems it might be called 'night mode' for late nighttime watching)

Another thing you can try that worked for me is to change the volume of each audio channel individually. Individual speaker setups have this, your soundbar might have a universal 'surround volume' mode. Dialogue tends to come from the main front channel while sound effects like explosions tend to come from the surround speakers. By turning the front centre channel up a few notches and the surround speakers down by the same margin I have managed to help even out the audio,

I hope that helps!

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Night Mode

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I do not have smart volume, but I do have the night mode. I will give that a try and also I don't think it is possible to change each audio channel of my soundbar there is just no option or instructions about it. Thank you for the help.

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Auto Volume solution

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I noticed that there was "Auto Volume" button on my remote and that fixed my whole problem. It was better than night mode. Maybe "Smart Volume" is the same thing as "Auto Volume" I dont know, but every sound is now equal to one another it is balance including the dialogue and the sound effects.

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How I solved the problem on my 2.1 LG soundbar.

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You have a 2.1 soundbar system, yet you want 5.1 surround effects. It doesn't work that way. What you have is a very basic stereo setup with a sub-woofer. You're trying to cram 5 channels of sound into two. This creates the problem you describe.

I have a similar setup and had to do a combination of settings to get it right. First set your audio outputs to PCM only. Forget about Dolby, DTS or surround anything. Also turn on the night mode. Doing this will level out the various volumes for two channels placing the dialogue center. I get great stereo separation and even some virtual surround from the left and right channels. The LFE suffers the most because I don't get the booming bass that I had before. BUT, I can now hear all the dialogue.

If you want 5.1 surround effects, you'll have to spring for a more expensive 5.1 system.

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Suggest resolution

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If possible, increase your soundbar's center and maybe decrease treble. Our Bose gives control for all channels

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Sound fix

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I found an audio button on remote and changed the setting from English 5.1 to English original. The voice audio picked up much better after that

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LG problem?

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I have an LG 43" smart. Some channels have very loud background music. Even some news channels. What's interesting I have 3 other samsung sets and on these same channels there is NO background music at all. Fascinating.

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LG problem for sure

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I have this problem with my LG TV also. No matter what settings I try, certain channels and programs on Netflix have muffled dialogue. I also use a sound bar that is connected through the TV - basically because of it being a wall mounted TV and not having another choice. When I experimented with connecting the sound directly to the cable box the problem disappeared. No problems on other brands of TVs. It is frustrating. LG blames it on broadcast quality from the originating source, which is absurd. I will avoid buying this brand in the future.

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I think this thread offered this. Change to Stereo.

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Or PCM. Forget audio streams with 5.1, etc.

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Tried all suggested settings

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Nothing fixed the problem.

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Just to cover this.

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It's not always the TV settings. I often have to change the audio at the source from 5.1, DTS, etc. to stereo or PCM.

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I appreciate your response in trying to remedy the problem.

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Unfortunately the issue is definitely with the LG TV as I do not have the problem with other brands of TV's in the house, or my computer, or tablet. I do not have to change sound settings on any of these devices or TV to have clear, consistent audio.

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True and it points out the TV doesn't handle 5.1, DTS

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And such. I only offer this as some folk are stuck with this model and there are often ways to make it better.

If you get more exposure to this issue you find that some makers fumble audio decoding so here we are finding that out again. My best experiences is with Sony and my bet why is they hold so many patents in these areas.

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difference between loud and soft

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The problem lies in that the public wants an entirely new mix for their movies and TV shows, but only for these specific situations, where you want lower dynamic range (less difference between loud and soft). There are several problems between what viewers in your situation want, and what the entertainment and consumer electronics industry can provide. I find that some speakers your buddy gave you when he moved, wired haphazardly into a mixer? How big is your room? How far do you sit from the speakers? What kind of walls are there? How many windows, and where are they placed? Do you have a fan constantly running? Etc etc etc etc.

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True in some cases, but...

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That's likely true in many cases. But I have nothing plugged into any of my sets. I'm talking about internal factory speakers. No addons. And again, only with an LG set.

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