Technophobe seeks help wrangling Dolby 5.1 into plain old stereo
April 30, 2009 9:29 AM Subscribe
More and more DVDs are coming encoded with Dolby surround sound and many don't have an alternate Dolby stereo option. The resulting sound has way too much background noise mixed in, making it hard to hear the dialogue. Usually, we turn down the volume and turn on the closed captions. Is there another way or am I forced to spend hundreds on a surround-sound system?
posted by parilous to technology (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We don't have cable and wouldn't choose to spend money on an entertainment system for the TV. We use the TV for (max) 8 hours a week -- for Netflix movies (the source of the problem), video games (Wii, PS2), and as a clone display for my laptop for a couple of TV shows.
It's a standard tube TV (not flatscreen, not HD), purchased circa 2001, with front inputs (currently connected to a switchbox for the aforementioned peripherals).
If you know of anything easy and cheap that can help, please let me know. Links and step-by-step instructions are especially useful. Thanks!