DVD player problem!

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    Jun 04, 2010 8:15 AM GMT
    Okay, as I think I'm good with electronics, I have a problem concerning the audio with my DVD player. When I put a movie on, the background music is loud, but the actor's voices are like whispers! Anyone know how to correct this? It gets sooo annoying that I just put on the english subtitles so I can understand what the hell the characters are saying.

    Thanks!
  • beaujangle

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    Jun 04, 2010 12:24 PM GMT
    I have this problem with some movies on my laptop too. I also need help!
  • Timbales

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    Jun 04, 2010 12:46 PM GMT
    wade_in_BC saidOkay, as I think I'm good with electronics, I have a problem concerning the audio with my DVD player. When I put a movie on, the background music is loud, but the actor's voices are like whispers! Anyone know how to correct this? It gets sooo annoying that I just put on the english subtitles so I can understand what the hell the characters are saying.

    Thanks!


    have you checked all the sound settings? do you use a home theater system?
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    Jun 04, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    This happens a lot to people who set there sound output to 5.1 but only have stereo speakers
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    Jun 04, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    That can also happen if the connections from the BD or DVD player are not correct to the receiver. For example, if the output is HDMI and you also connect RCA type cables, that can confuse the receiver, as well if you connect optical cable for the audio and HDMI too.

    Make sure all your connections are made with the correct cables.
  • Fusion98102

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    Jun 04, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    Sometimes the movie itself has an AUDIO SETUP option at the start screen. Check those settings. Otherwise, we need more info - like do you have a sound system? Is it coming through the TV speakers? Are your cables set up properly? Is it happening on ALL movies or one in particular?
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    Jun 04, 2010 5:58 PM GMT
    The actors' voices normally come from the center channel of a 5.1 setup. The music generally will use the front stereo pair and subwoofer channel, and often the rear pair as well. If the voices are weak or missing, then your center channel volume is too low or missing. Either because you have it set that way, an audio cable for it is missing, or you don't even have a center channel speaker. Investigate along those lines.

    If you don't have a center channel speaker, some 5.1 decoders have a setting to "simulate" or "phantom" the center channel, by taking the center channel audio and feeding it to the two front stereo speakers instead. You can check for that capability if you need it.

    Computers are easily mis-configured. If all you have is a pair of stereo speakers on the machine (with or without sub), you have to be sure your computer is NOT set to reproduce 5.1 sound. That will lose the center channel and the rear channel audio. If a movie or whatever with a 5.1 track is played, look in the menu for an audio selection to regular stereo (or Dolby pro-logic, which encodes into two channels).

    Hope this helps.
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    Jun 05, 2010 10:36 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info guys! My dvd has a preset to dolby 5.1, so I had to turn off the dvs in the menu, though the dvd player didn't allow me to go into the "menu" when playing a movie. Sorry for sounding like a noob! icon_redface.gif