I have a low end home theater system which consists of a Sony str dh520 amp, a center speaker, a subwoofer, two front speakers, and two surround speakers. My wife and I watch a lot of movies from dvd (no BluRay because TV has no HDMI input), and also televised movies. We sit about 12 feet from the center speaker with the 2 front speakers situated about 2 feet on either side of the front speaker. The rear speakers are located about 8 feet off the floor with one above my head and one above where my wife sits. My hearing isn't bad enough that I need a hearing aid, but I know I am unable to hear a lot of dialog clear enough to understand what's being said. My wife is uncomfortable with any more volume and I'm not really sure how much good it would do me in a lot of instances. I do not have as much trouble hearing in a theater, probably because of better sound quality, and my wife does not seem to be as troubled as much by the sound volume in the theater as she is at home. That's the situation. I can't turn up the volume and I can't hear as well as I'd like.
I don't want to spend a lot of money on an elaborate system. The money is one thing, but it might not work. I could get some Bose earphones, and if there isn't anything I can do with what I have, that's probably what I'll try. So, I just want to explore what the possibilities might be for optimizing the existing system. Ideally, I should like to have some of the dialog coming from the surround speaker closest to me. Is there any way to do that? My understanding is that these speakers are not ordinarily used for voice.
One other problem I notice is that sometimes the music drowns out the dialog. What can be done to mitigate this?
Thanks for any advice you may give.