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Hello folks, I got us a new telly few months ago (of course courtesy of hukd) and the picture is great. The only issue I am having with it is that audio is complete rubbish, the problem seems …
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1m, 2w agoPosted 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hello folks,

I got us a new telly few months ago (of course courtesy of hukd) and the picture is great.

The only issue I am having with it is that audio is complete rubbish, the problem seems to be that the background noise is super loud while conversations are too quiet. (if anyone has a tip on how to fix it I would be grateful, googling and trying obvious stuff got me to think it is simply a problem with poor built in speakers)

I have never owned a decent sound system and really know very little to nothing and this site is always full of people who not only know their stuff but are also mindful of the cost.

- My budget would be 500£ for both av receiver and speakers (if that makes sense),
- If it makes sense I might be persuaded to go for an av receiver and a pair of speakers now and then add more latter.
- I don't really need a playback device as I have an xbox one s for that purpose.
- Surround (more than 5.1 doesn't make sense in the room) and I don't even care that much for 5.1, 2.1 should be ok, but would be nice if I could add more speakers in the future.

Many, many thanks to everyone.
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1m, 2w agoPosted 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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#1
For your budget, look at Richer Sounds website/store. Budget £100-£150 on the amp and most of the rest on speakers.
Save a little for speaker stands, but dont worry about speaker cable; 1.5mm solid core mains cable is a perfectly good cable for a budget system, if not as pretty as the £100 per metre stuff.

I personally found 5/7.1 systems uninspiring and went back to Stereo; mind you, my main speakers would cost about £3,500 in todays money, and go so deep I never needed a sub.
My surround speakers and their stands have been languishing in a corner for about 2 1/2 years.
#2
I am certainly no expert but I was in the same situation as you including same budget BUT that doubled as is always the case.
Now a days I think people would suggest a soundbar.
In my day there was a joke re loughbrough (help me out someone) guy and Onkyo. I looked at these but a different guy convinced me I would think I had a sofa so I went for a Denon amp and Monitor Audio Speakers and sub - still going strong after lack of use - conscious of neighbour. Maybe try a soundbar first.

Edited By: bargainhunter666 on Jan 01, 2017 22:05
#3
Have you looked at the sound settings? If there is a 'speech' setting, try that. If there is a graphic equaliser, boost the mid-range frequencies.
#4
Have had a few sound systems over the years, is now sitting upstairs not set up. Great to start with but found I only ended up using it for movies and sport, and then came home found the house rocking with some mtv music channel.
#5
Forgot to add I know use a sound bar, which now I never plug in lol.
#6
Check the new bose deal on the soundbar
#7
You need a centre to make it work as voices are handled by the centre speaker.
#8
Buy a Hifi and connect headphones to AUX in.
#9
I used to have a big 5.1 setup that sounded awesome. But don't really feel the need for it now - I just use my internet radio receiver(Onkyo CS-N765) as the amp - which is also excellent for music, and I have two floorstanding main speakers.

The speakers are rather big but it means I do not need a sub-woofer as these have plenty of bass and go plenty loud if required, the quality is better than any soundbar I've heard.

If you want compact you could always try the AE 2.1 system: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acoustic-Energy-active-speaker-system/dp/B000GJEUNI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483345312&sr=8-1&keywords=aego+m

Although it does not have a remote for volume control, and doesn't quite have the quality of my floorstanding speakers due to the size - they can go loud though - you wont need a separate amp either with the AE.
#10
I was the same as bigfootpete , had a amazing 5.1 setup a decade ago but decided it was too much and settled on my TV thru my hifi, but my old chap bought a canton soundbase, which blew me away but was a bit pricey , so when a Denon soundbase came up on hotdeals a month ago , which was reviewed against the canton and only just came second best at a third of the cost I went for it...

Brilliant bit of kit, so much so my Denon stereo is now up for sale :) its simple as well 3 modes, movie , music and normal and they all work well, also a night mode which works for upping the dialog and lowering the other sounds...

Also it can teach your remote, so my Sky remote now does the volume on the soundbase ..

http://homeavdirect.co.uk/denon-dht-110 £129 (£132 on Amazon Warehouse deal) https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00NBQIXTK/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1483390260&sr=8-1&keywords=Denon+DHT-T110&condition=used


If you dont go down that road , as someone has already said your tv will have a dialog/speech/night mode

Also works great with the echo dot lol :)


Some tunes playing right now


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Edited By: mfactor on Jan 02, 2017 21:01: .
#11
Thank you everyone for your helpful suggestions, I really appreciate it.

I think I will go after a soundbar or a soundbase, I really don't have a very good ear for quality audio so should be plenty good enough for our purposes and no hassle and complications with plenty of units.

I only have some doubts about getting a soundbase as our TV is too high already (it stands on a drawer which is simply to high)

I have tried everything sensible in settings with my TV and it really didn't help with the voice sound problem.
#12
Nexusfifth
Thank you everyone for your helpful suggestions, I really appreciate it.
I think I will go after a soundbar or a soundbase, I really don't have a very good ear for quality audio so should be plenty good enough for our purposes and no hassle and complications with plenty of units.
I only have some doubts about getting a soundbase as our TV is too high already (it stands on a drawer which is simply to high)
I have tried everything sensible in settings with my TV and it really didn't help with the voice sound problem.
Your sound issues are that you're down mixing 5.1DD to 2 channel. Without a centre it won't get any different, just louder.

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