Watching shows, especially movies at home, can be a frustrating experience these days. For many shows I find myself turning up the volume to understand the dialog. Then an action scene or commercial will nearly blow out my speakers with an aggressive sound level. I have often found myself turning the volume up and down throughout a show.
Why It Matters
Besides annoying the neighbor when the sound blows out, it is not fun to watch a show without understanding the dialogue. When you encounter lots of movies or shows that do this, you might start to wonder: is it me? Well the answer is, it’s not you, it’s Hollywood.
My Tricks for Dealing with Dialogue
- Use a sound bar. Besides separating out the dialog channel of the audio for improved clarity, many have special volume balance and voice boost modes.
- Use headphones. With spatial audio I find my AirPods Pro do a great job of making audio more clear.
- Turn on Closed Captions. They look annoying but they do work.