Ever since the DVD age began, I've noticed that music and sound effects in movies are always WAY louder than the dialogue. It's really annoying. Will a properly configured surround sound system fix this? What is the right way to set up surround sound speakers? Are sound bars any good?
I've never gone through the trouble to properly set up my surround sound speakers. Whenever I've had surround sound systems in the past, I've put all the speakers next to each other, beneath my TV set. However, when watching movies, it's always annoyed me how much louder the music and sound effects were than the dialogue. I figured this was happening because I didn't set up my speakers properly. A few years ago, I switched to this
sound bar. However, I've noticed the same problem : loud music and sound effects, soft dialogue.
Will a properly configured surround sound system fix this problem? If so, what's the right way to set up the speakers? All the diagrams I've seen put the rear speakers in back of the viewers. This is impractical for me : my sofa sits flush against the back wall of my living room. So if I mounted the rear speakers on the wall, they'd be roughly on top of the viewers' heads. In order to put the rear speakers behind the viewers, I'd have to move the sofa out from the wall somehow and keep it there. Not ideal. Doesn't everyone else have this problem? I don't think I've ever been in a living room where the sofa was in the middle of the floor.
Alternatively, will a decent sound bar solve this problem? I'm not happy with mine, mostly because of this music/effects vs. dialogue problem. Also, the volume doesn't go up high enough.
Finally, if neither a properly configured surround sound system nor a sound bar will make movie dialogue more audible, what will? I'm really sick of turning up the volume so I can hear dialogue, and then having to keep my hand on the remote so I can turn the volume down once the music/effects start. Doesn't anybody else have neighbors?