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Old 15th February 2018, 05:52 AM   #1
rmdesai is offline rmdesai  India
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Default Before you buy your next Sound System.....

A common problem shared by people is that their sound system does not sound the same in their house as it did in the shop.
The action scenes and the surround demo clips that sounded fantastic on the system that was bought, sounds mediocre in the house.

To avoid this problem in future, follow these simple steps:

1. Carry a movie in your USB drive or your cell phone. Mark the soft vocal/ dialogue passages, song sequence and action/ loud scene locations in the movie
2. Make the sales man play your movie
3. Start with the vocal/ dialogue passage and adjust the volume to a little more than your normal listening volume
4. Don't change this volume setting till the end of the demo
5. Make sure you like what you hear for a good 3-5 minutes
6. Now switch to the song sequence. Again, make sure that you like what you hear, again for a good 3-5 minutes
7. Lastly, switch to the action/ loud scene sequence making sure that you like what you hear for good 3-5 minutes

If a sound system at set volume level produces very comfortable vocals/ dialogues and if it does not irritate you during the song sequence and if it does not distort during the loud pasages, then you can shortlist it.

During the normal cource of a demo, we are made to hear sponsored content that has a lot of panning effects and hi dynamic range content.
In a short span of demo time, we are bound to be impressed.
However, at home we never will be listening to demo content. The normal content that we hear has a lot of vocals/ Dialogues. Vocals/ Dialogues is what is absent in most demo contents creating a discrepancy in what the shop wants to sell and what we want to buy.

Also, a sound system system should not complain about what the source of the content is. Why should it only be a BluRay? Why not the STB or content from a media player or the net that we listen to 10 hours a day?
Today's technology should be able to take care of this for the bucks that you are spending.

Do let us here know if this helps.


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