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  1. Onceabum

    Onceabum TS Member

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    We have an LG Brand TV (4 months old.) Flat screem. 37 inch. The picture is great, however, I wonder about the Audio. It sounds like it is coming from another room or that maybe the tv speaker is pointed at the back wall. Very unclear voices compared to our other two old tvs that are about l2-l6 years old. Bought a couple of sets of cheap headphones and we use them more than not. The sound is very clear through them.

    I will say that MY hearing is suspect but my friend has excellent hearing, yet agrees the sound is much clearer using the headphones.

    Can I get some of your experiences or suggestions?

    Thanks all,

    Booger
     
  2. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    Use the Menu to check out the Audio options maybe they are not set the way you want.
     
  3. mixer

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    You may have the audio option set to a surround type sound option effect. Check the on screen menu displays for the audio settings. There should be a standard mono/stereo setting. When all else fails read the manual, all the answers are in there.


    Eric
     
  4. Juno

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    Blue, are you using an HDMI cable to connect to your cable box? If not I would get one. Preferably monster brand. It enhances digital picture and sound quality greatly. Like mixer said, read the manual about your sound.

    Juno
     
  5. mixer

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    Juno,

    While I agree with the use of an HDMI cable where applicable, any HDMI cable will work. Buying the "Monster" brand and paying for the name is a waste of money. There is no magic in the wire.


    Eric
     
  6. claybrdr

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    Monster is a waste as Eric said.
     
  7. mixer

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    To Booger Blue,

    What you're hearing is the latest in audio enhancements for tv. Your old set might have been a mono audio playback and did not have the ability to decode the new technology. Listen to a newscast or simlar type of show and see if you get the same results.


    Eric
     
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    HDMI is a digital signal, its all or nothing, no difference in quality. I had an employee at an electronics store tell me "anyone who spends $100 on monster cables is an idiot", his words not mine. Go to amazon.com and get the $1.99 HDMI cables. - Rich
     
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    If the set has HDMI input, purchase a "home theater in a box" and connect it via the HDMI. Some have DVD players and will "upscale" to HD. You will get super performance. Some can be bought for under $200.00
     
  10. Juno

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    Differences in HDMI™ Cables
    The Misunderstood HDMI Cable

    There’s a popular misconception that all HDMI™ cables are the same. The only true difference between them is price, many say. This is inaccurate. The fact is not all HDMI™ cables are created equal. Just as not all levels of high definition are the same, not all HDMI cables are the same.

    Today's cutting-edge HDTVs and high definition sources demand dramatically higher data rates than previous generations of components and place incredible bandwidth/performance demands on HDMI™ cables. In fact, today's most advanced components operate very close to the limits of HDMI™ technology.

    Take 1080p video with advanced 12-bit color. To experience this level of high definition video and color depth, your HDMI™ cable must support a minimum data rate of 6.68 Gbps. That's an astounding six billion bits per second, more than six times the data rate required for standard DVD playback. This is also a higher data rate than what's required for Simplay HD™ verification, meaning even "Simplay HD Verified" cables don't necessarily support Deep Color.

    To support the higher data rates required by today's higher definition components, HDMI™ cables require advanced design and construction and strict quality control standards. This is particularly true of long-length HDMI™ cables that will be used for custom installation.

    Additionally, HDMI™ cables must meet current High Definition Multimedia Interface specifications, and preferably exceed them, so that they are future ready for tomorrow's advances in HD audio/video technology. If not, they might require an upgrade with the next generation of HD components.


    Meeting the Need for Speed

    Know What You're Getting
    Many inexpensive cables sold on the Internet provide no real assurance that they will pass rigid HDMI specifications. In some instances, they only feature an HDMI™ logo, but fail to mention what data speed they support and/or if they meet the requirements of the latest specification, HDMI 1.3a. In other words, cables with an HDMI logo might be HDMI 1.0 compliant, but there's some question if they're built for the HDMI 1.3a Category 1 or Category 2 spec.

    If packaging also doesn't feature a Simplay HD verified logo or a certified speed, there's some doubt it can even achieve a speed of 4.46 Gbps, required for verifiable 1080p performance. Just because a cable package has an HDMI™ logo on it doesn't mean it will meet HDMI performance requirements.

    Also, claims of compatibility with "HDMI 1.3" are no guarantee a cable will maximize the performance of new and future HD equipment. There are two HDMI 1.3a specifications; one supporting speeds up to 4.46 Gbps (Category 1), and another supporting speeds up to 10.2 Gbps or 340 MHz (Category 2) with the aid of signal equalization. As previously mentioned, the latter specification is a must for 1080p performance with additional enhanced color features and lossless compressed surround sound.
    <br><br>The Look and Sound of an Inferior Cable
    HDMI cables have a lot to deliver-billions of bits per second, to be precise. What does it look like when they fail to meet the challenge? Cable-induced video artifacts can be as small as color banding (loss of color gradations), pixel dropouts, "sparklies" popping intermittently on the screen, and "solarization," where the gradients of color are not accurately produced.




    In severe cases, there is "noise" and "snow" and streaks that occasionally blast across the screen. In the most severe cases, the picture will black out altogether. Customers have reported many instances in which picture quality was poor, and replacing their generic cable with a higher speed cable for HDMI™ solved their problem.
    <br><br><br>Yes, there are other HDMI cables that are as good as Monster! They are also equivalent in price. You can depend on Monster without the trial and error method. If you own a $1000-$4000 HDTV don't purchase a precision instruments cable from Best Buy. If you have the luxury of trying different cables, DO IT and judge the picture and sound quality for yourself.
     
  11. Onceabum

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    Wow! Thanks folks, for the help.

    Booger
     
  12. Andy44

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    Unfortunately, some of the new TVs have terrible audio and must be enhanced to hear acceptably. Specially for those of us that have equally terrible hearing!
     
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