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Hello,
I have recently setup a 5.1 surround sound system. Everything seems to work fine, but I notice when I watch DVDs with Dolby Digital, the voice track is very low and it is hard to hear what is being said, but when I turn it up and there is a scene with just music or sound effects, it is too loud.
Any ideas of how I can try and tweak the system?
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Have you used an SPL meter to calibrate each channel in your system?
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Can't say that I have and unfortunately because of my current location I think it may be difficult to get my hands on one.
Are there any other options?
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Can't say that I have and unfortunately because of my current location I think it may be difficult to get my hands on one.
Are there any other options?

Huh? You dont have a radio shack by you? An SPL meter will only cost you around $40 at most. You have to set the proper level for each channel or your system will not sound right. Does whatever receiver r processor you are using have Audyssey? you could run their calibration.
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Listen to the test tones, and adjust the left, center and right to be as close as possible by ear.
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I'm overseas, and we don't have radioshacks here. I'll check out a few other stores, but havent seen anything like that around.
I have a Harman/Kardon AVR 130, so I dont think it has Audyssey....
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I've run the test tones a few times but I'll try it again.....
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Does the voice usually only come from the center, or does it also come from the right and left? Could this have to do with my sub volume being too high?
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What is your crossover set at?
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Does the voice usually only come from the center, or does it also come from the right and left? Could this have to do with my sub volume being too high?

Dialogue primarily comes from the center channel
Off-screen voices will sometimes come from the L or R channels
I too had this problem when watching certain DVD's
What kind of speakers do you have?
I replaced the HTIB center channel that I originally had and it made a world of difference
Before I did that I would often turn up the level of just the center channel
Try doing that if your receiver allows it
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I have Primus 150s. I'll try to turn it up. Thanks!
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I am kind of a newbie so haven't with the crossover at all (and don't really know how to).
Can you give any tips? Thanks for all the help!
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I am kind of a newbie so haven't with the crossover at all (and don't really know how to).
Can you give any tips? Thanks for all the help!

Set it for 80 htz
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Also, does that receiver have a center volume adjust? You might be able to raise just the center volume without raising the master volume.
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Worked amazingly! All I had to do was turn up the center.
Thanks everyone...
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In case anyone is still having this problem with their Dolby Surround receiver, I have some more info. I was having the same issue and discovered that on my Pioneer Elite and under the advanced audio settings I found the "Dialogue Enhance" setting which solved this problem beautifully. If you have a new receiver, check to see if you have the same feature.
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Hello,

I have recently setup a 5.1 surround sound system. Everything seems to work fine, but I notice when I watch DVDs with Dolby Digital, the voice track is very low and it is hard to hear what is being said, but when I turn it up and there is a scene with just music or sound effects, it is too loud.

Any ideas of how I can try and tweak the system?

Thanks!


Gilad
I have the Pioneer VSX – 521 – K which automatically detects Dolby Digital. I faced this issue only on this occasion. What helped me to mitigate this is choosing one of the ten options from the advanced surround, which is "Action".
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