Originally Posted by Phantom Gremlin
I don't know about 5.1, DD, etc issues. I simply record the bits on a TiVo HD and play audio back from the "left" and "right" RCA outputs on the TiVo. I know it's not my receiver doing funky processing, because I transferred last week's program to another TiVo that has two amplified speakers connected directly to RCA outputs and the sound quality still sucked.
Interesting. I guess I always had assumed everyone was listening via a DD 5.1 receiver as I am. If you were using such a system you could, at least in principal, jack up the center channel volume as that is used only for the announcers. Of course, you shouldn't have to do that.
I should emphasize that the main problem is Al Michaels' voice when the crowd is especially noisy. Cris Collinsworth seems OK.
I see a lot of people saying the sound is great. I wonder if they are not having the problem with Al's voice or if they are simply running the sound very loud.
BTW, I doubt the local station has anything to do with it. Re-encoding DD 5.1 would probably cost at lest $50 -- more than KGW could afford.