Sound on the television...is it really my hearing?

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  1. mrhappydog

    mrhappydog Funster

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    Just bought a new Avtex television, mainly because I was struggling to hear the one we had and the new one is bigger. I am still struggling, in my defence I do say the speakers are on the back of the set but in the end I know it is my hearing. Please do not tell my wife that I admitted that! Any advice on sound bars or speakers please. I know I have to expect sound bar jokes!!!
     
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  2. Gellyneck

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    We've got a set of these connected to our tv in the motorhome.
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/logitech-z120-usb-20-speakers-06w-n73nt
    Cheaper on Amazon but the link doesn't seem to work?
    USB powered so no other power lead required.
    Connect via a 3.5mm jack plug to the audio output on the tv.
    Decent sound despite their size!
     
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    It's funny, my hearing's rubbish, I struggle to follow conversations if there's a lot of background noise, but I find the sound on the Avtex in our van is fine.
     
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    If you have a AUX in socket on your cab radio then it's easy to run a cable and get great sound, My speakers are above my head in the base of the drop down bed and give superb surround sound at any volume that you can stand,
     
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    Snap...I have same problem confirmed by tests and a hearing aid prescribed. .. tried it but it doesn't really help..
    Same in a pub etc where there is a lot of background noise, don't hear half the conversation, and get a bit fustrated ...
    Andy.
     
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    I am the same, as soon as there is background noise I just switch off and zone out these days. Makes me look a right miserable git in a crowded pub.

    I have problems with hearing speech on a TV due to the fact they put atmospheric sounds or music that is too loud. They also compress the signal to make it louder that affects the frequency range...
    I hate it.

    I always use external sound system these days as the flats screen TV's with no bezel we all seem to like has no space for decent front facing speakers. A decent solid wood box with old fashioned speakers in fixes this.. (y)
     
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    Subtitles!
    Opens up a whole new world of TV watching

    My drinking buddy & my sister both have hearing issues... so I've got used to sub's....
    ...and its great.
    No more missed muffled mumbled dialogue...
    And the world of foreign TV opens up - and some of it is pretty good.
     
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    Part of the issue is the poor speakers used on flat screen TVs that don't have the range of pitches in the sound that deeper speakers do so they sound more muffled. We plug our TV into the MH radios (AV in) which really helps.
     
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    most of them are 'designed' to be mounted with something solid behind them to bounce the sound off...which is barkin mad for any tv 'designed' for a van.
     
  10. Frentchy

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    Hey Gromett your a tech y sort of guy, I've always thought that if someone can super impose that unnecessary, intrusive sound on tv programs, then surely some tech y type can invent a way of blanking it, and make fortune at the same time;I wouldn't be the only one who would buy it(y)
     
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    Nearly all small TV's have crap sound, always wire ours into the van's stereo
     
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    Try eating plenty of carrots, they help you hear in the dark! British nightfighter pilots ate them during the war, and they say carrots accounted for many German bombers. Just read a book on it. Start with five or six carrots a day, then slowly up your score to around twenty. (y)
     
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    There is a full thread currently discussing this issue in the TV and Satellite section of the Forum.
     
  14. Greenway

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    I have hearing aids and use Sony wireless headphones to listen to TV at home and in motorhome. If I use digital audio out or optical out and not the headphone jack to connect to TV then wife can still listen at a sensible volume.
     
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    Slim modern TVs have tiny speakers that are a waste of space, our MH TV now runs a pair of decent sided PC speakers, infinitely better.
     
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    With help from the carrots, of coarse. (y)
     
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    This is really the only solution, I can totally sympathise, I am unable to pick out sounds when lots of people are talking and there is a lot of background noise. This is due to being almost totally deaf in one ear, product of a youth working in night clubs, but that's a totally different subject.
    Running phono leads from the telly to the head unit is dead simple, although you may need quite long ones, Maplins is the way forward. The sound system in your van has very good bass, which for me helps to hear what is going on.
    We have an Alpine Bluetooth unit, I think we paid about £180 for it, it plugs straight in, only thing is, the standard Ducato wiring does not have a true permanent live for the stereo, so I ran one from the fuse box. Other than that, it was a straight plug in!
     
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    expensive noise cancelling headphones. they are tunable to just select the frequency range of the spoken voice
     
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