Poor audio balance? Streaming players might not help

Who has not noticed this??? It is an issue.


Watching a movie on Netflix (s nflx) can be a hassle, especially when it comes to an audio setup. My off-brand television, while reliable and suitable in my budget-conscious living room, struggles constantly with finding the right balance between action sequences and dialogue. The conversations between actors can sound so quiet that I have to turn up the volume to nearly maximum before I hear the boom of a special effect so loud that it nearly blows my head off.

This problem, tackled thoroughly in a discussion on Reddit today, is actually a symptom of a really common issue: for the sake of encoding and loading efficiency, streaming players like Netflix, Amazon Instant, and Hulu Plus are generally coded to a strict audio setup as that can sound wonky for systems that aren’t compatible.

Netflix, which remains the at forefront of audio capabilities for streaming services, has all media…

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