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VA-Apraisr

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Posted: 09/02/19 02:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have a 19" TV (Sony I think) and has reasonably loud sound for the most part, however, if I run the generator and a/c unit, it's difficult to hear the words. I do a lot of "off grid" camping so it is quite often I run the generator and a/c. Secondly, lost most of my hearing in one ear due to a benign brain tumor, so I have slight trouble hearing words anyway (ie: that, cat, hat, bat, etc all sound the same so I lose the context of the conversation). Anyway, tried a bluetooth wireless speaker but wasn't even as loud as the built-in speaker on the TV, and having the sound behind me on each side of the couch was even worse for my limited hearing since I'm facing the TV but sound is from the side/rear. Was thinking of trying a sound bar next, but just wondering if anyone else has similar hearing issue and solved this problem in the RV.

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Understanding words isn't all about loudness. A lot of it is dependent on sibilance - the high frequencies necessary to hear and distinguish consonants such as "S" and "Sh," etc. It's also important in telling the difference between a "P" and a "T." Most stock TV speakers do a TERRIBLE job of this part of the audio spectrum. Making bad audio louder will not fix your problem - especially since high frequencies tend to get smothered by background noises. My advice would be to install a good sound bar (with or without a sub-woofer). You will enjoy everything much more and understand speech better.

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I use the captions. What's funny is that if I miss something, oftentimes the caption people miss it too. My hearing isn't all that bad even after years of rock n roll, but I do have trouble sometimes for which I use captions.

Then again, sometimes the dialogue is so garbled nobody gets it.

If captions aren't your style, a good-quality set of headphones (not earplugs) would be a suggestion. What I love about my Bose is the ambient noise cancellation feature.. really amazing. Not sure if those come in a wireless version.

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I have this issue at home. It appears that the TV production folks have gone to a different style of dialogue, supposedly more "natural" in volume. Watch an episode of "Elementary" for examples.

We've given up. Gone to wireless headphones.

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obgraham wrote:

It appears that the TV production folks have gone to a different style of dialogue, supposedly more "natural" in volume.
Also digital, which, at least years ago, was considered harder to understand than analogue.

A little off the subject, but there are some actors who talk too fast and don't have very good diction. The actor who plays Robinette (DA) in the old Law and Orders is one.

I might ask mod to move this to Disabilities...

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I have a hard time hearing people in front of me when I'm in a crowded room and people or music is behind me.
Have you tried closed captioning?
I tried the portable bluetooth speaker, JBL Charge, and it's a world of difference.
Not all portable speakers are created equal. I have 3 different brands and they all sound different.
Are you using a stereo plug/cable for the speaker?
Some are just mono plugs.
I also spend some time adjusting the speakers in the tv settings to make it right
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headphones? especially the noise cancelling ones.





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obgraham wrote:

I have this issue at home. It appears that the TV production folks have gone to a different style of dialogue, supposedly more "natural" in volume.

We've given up. Gone to wireless headphones.


I tried almost all the things that have been suggested and agree on the digital sound so I gave up and went Wireless Headphones

Tried the over ear ones,even noise cancelling ones those were all to hot and uncomfortable. The ones I linked worked out very well and I can hear everything including soft spoken words.


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I have trouble hearing people who muble or don't enunciate well. That became a problem with a Sony TV I bought for the bedroom. The audio is "muddy". I can hear it fine if I turn the volume up loud enough to annoy my wife.

I found a partial work around. Most of our TV watching is via a Roku device. I found the Roku app for my tablet. It allows me to redirect the TV audio to my tablet. I can place the tablet next to me and turn it up loud enough to hear without annoying my wife.


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VA-Apraisr wrote:

Have a 19" TV (Sony I think) and has reasonably loud sound for the most part, however, if I run the generator and a/c unit, it's difficult to hear the words. I do a lot of "off grid" camping so it is quite often I run the generator and a/c. Secondly, lost most of my hearing in one ear due to a benign brain tumor, so I have slight trouble hearing words anyway (ie: that, cat, hat, bat, etc all sound the same so I lose the context of the conversation). Anyway, tried a bluetooth wireless speaker but wasn't even as loud as the built-in speaker on the TV, and having the sound behind me on each side of the couch was even worse for my limited hearing since I'm facing the TV but sound is from the side/rear. Was thinking of trying a sound bar next, but just wondering if anyone else has similar hearing issue and solved this problem in the RV.


I suggest doing it up right and getting a ZVOX soundbar. They have special voice enhancement sound processing technology built-in that can be invoked with a simple buttion push on the soundbar's remote control. ZVOX is well known for this technology. One of their small soundbars should be just the thing for better voice recognition for the TV(s) in your RV.

We have had their largest unit (their Sound Base 770) for our home TV for several years and their voice enhancement (and other speaker controls via their remote) has been a fantastic sound improvement over our TV's built-in speakers.

Here's the link to the ZVOX website: https://zvox.com/collections/accuvoice


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