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best sound system for hearing movie dialogue

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? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 11, 2013 - 12 answers

How should we listen to music at home?

The last time I bought a stereo, Reagan was president. I don't know if they're even called stereos any more. Please help me figure out what I want and how to set it up. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Feb 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Do I need to replace the whole radio in my car?

I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla Conquest who's factory standard radio has just died (I think). It made a slight noise last night and cut out, and is now just flashing 01:00 on the clock with no buttons responding at all. I thought maybe the fuse had blown so I checked the radio fuse, but it doesn't look to have blown (something I suspected as a time keeps flashing on the display and I thought a blown fuse wouldn't allow any electronics to work). Also the cigarette lighter still works and that is connected/part of the radio fuse. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Jan 31, 2013 - 9 answers

On-wall audiophile speaker recommendations for music?

I'm looking for recommendations for decent audiophile speakers (for music) that can be mounted on a wall. [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Jan 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Fix my crummy 80s Hi Fi

Speaker and turntable both on the fritz. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Jan 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me rock out with the minimum possible financial outlay.

I'm looking to assemble a home stereo for dirt cheap. What do I need to know and how can I get the most ♪ for the least $? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 5, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me figure out how to wire for my home theatre

What wiring should I run to facilitate building a decent home theatre setup? [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Nov 30, 2012 - 4 answers

pander to me

We need a new TV / home entertainment setup. Hoping for specific product recommendations. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Nov 18, 2012 - 3 answers

I listen to music through my TV and it has to end.

My computer is connected via HDMI to the flatscreen TV in my living room. There has to be a better way to listen to my music than through TV speakers. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Nov 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Car Stereo Filter: Am I better off with a whole new head unit, or just an adapter?

Car Stereo Filter: Am I better off with a whole new head unit, or just an adapter? [more inside]
posted by bleachandink on Sep 12, 2012 - 9 answers

How to run 20 feet of 3.5mm to RCA cabling?

What's the cheapest/simplest way for me to run sound from my iPod/laptop (3.5mm jack) to a stereo (RCA) about 20 feet away? If it were a shorter distance I'd just get a standard audio cable, but I'm worried that something like this will lose a lot of signal/fidelity. [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Aug 14, 2012 - 15 answers

A longtime dream has come true and I now own a classic console turntable stereo (Sears Silvertone) but I have some questions about replacement styli and more. Help me make the most of this beautiful wooden music machine.

A longtime dream has come true and I now own a classic console turntable stereo (Sears Silvertone) but I have some questions about replacement styli and more. Help me make the most of this beautiful wooden music machine. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jul 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Did a toddler break my speakers?

I have a pair of vintage Bose 501 speakers that have worked great for the past five years. They are connected to a vintage Yamaha CR-820 receiver. A while ago, my favorite toddler pushed all the buttons on the receiver and the speakers stopped working. She came over again, pushed a bunch of buttons and it started working again. Next time: bunch of pushes, stopped. Now no button pushing seems to matter... is it broken? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Jun 22, 2012 - 6 answers

iPad + ? = music

With all this tech, surely there's a way to listen to music in my living room? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on May 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Quality music/cinema receiver driving at least 130w for cheap?

I need a new amplifier/receiver for music and TV/home-cinema. I've looked at the Onkyo "network" range, especially entry level around £350-£400, but I am sure I could get my hands on an amp from a few years ago with all the features I desire, and save a bundle. I'd really appreciate your advice. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Help TV me please: new TV, antenna, and old stereo?

What TV and digital antenna do I buy? Please drag me kicking and screaming into the semi-modern era of television viewing. I want to watch TV, not pay for cable and have the sound travel through my vintage stereo. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Apr 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Make my stereo glitter and hum.

My stereo needs more blinkenlights. Point me to some neat projects I can do. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Apr 3, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I put together a DIY, on-the-cheap, wireless home music system?

Advice needed: how to put together a DIY, on-the-cheap home music system where I can listen to my music from any room in the house? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Mar 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Simple volume knob for sale?

Why can't I find a desktop-style analog volume knob? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Mar 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Best way to maximize sound system setup?

Physics/Sound Engineering/Speaker Setup Question. More = lower volume? [more inside]
posted by conifer on Mar 10, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I start shopping for a replacement stereo?

My stereo system was in storage at my parents' house for several years. When I went home to reclaim it, we discovered that they'd allowed a local junk removal service to take it away! Now I need a new system, and I don't even know where to begin. [more inside]
posted by 1adam12 on Mar 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Good home music system?

What's the best set-up to listen to music at home? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Feb 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Music all over the house

What devices/components do we need to store our music library centrally and access it throughout the house? Also, what's a good wireless speaker solution? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Dec 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Unexpected outcome of disconnecting grounding wire

Sound system hum/buzz quieted by removing grounding wire from turntable? [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

"What does the AUX/CDR button do again?"

Anyone have any suggestions on an easy-to-use stereo? We want to buy a system for our out-of-state mother, who not unexpectedly is not very technical. Are there any systems that have a very simple user interface? I'm basically looking for the "jitterbug" of stereos. [more inside]
posted by razdrez on Dec 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Until we solve this, I have to keep buying CDs....

I'm technology speak impaired. Is there a wireless ... thing ... of some kind that we can somehow attach to our old (but terrific sound quality) stereo system so I can stream music to it from my phone or laptop? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Nov 25, 2011 - 26 answers

Total itunes/airtunes setup from scratch, please.

I have 300gb of music, a house, several Mac laptops, a Mac G5, a router, two iphones, an ipad, and several external HDs where the music is stored. I would like to be able to play music anywhere in my house, control it wirelessly without the laptops and update libraries as well as all my devices with whatever I like anywhere in the house, without having to drag out the external USB HD to plug into various laptops like I do now. I'm willing to buy equipment to let this happen. Bonus if it lets me move movies onto a USB stick to plug into my nifty new tv. Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Nov 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Home stereo amp: Tripath?

Looking for a small home-stereo amp. Tripath or something else? [more inside]
posted by mendel on Nov 11, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I get music with a full stereo track?

How can I find song files that are in full stereo? [more inside]
posted by grimace636 on Nov 11, 2011 - 13 answers

Going up to eleven. And twelve, thirteen...

Would a FiiO amplifier or similar be suitable for amplifying my TV through headphones? [more inside]
posted by sleepcrime on Nov 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me use an old laptop to play music on

Help me use my malware-d laptop as a music storage device with minimal investment. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Nov 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Which stereo will rock the party?

Help an audio noob figure out what kind of sound system would be good enough to play music at a small party in a large space. Would a home audio system be sufficient? [more inside]
posted by zosime on Oct 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Can I have surround sound that isn't ugly or obtrusive?

Can I have surround sound that isn't ugly or obtrusive? [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Oct 13, 2011 - 39 answers

If Apple made a Home Theater Receiver...

Does a minimalist but high-quality stereo receiver exist? For me, the ideal receiver would have the essential inputs and outputs with a focus on the latest technology instead of every input for every occasion. It would only need to be 2.1 but 5.1 would be Ok. It would be beautifully designed. And it would likely be a bit expensive. It would essentially be the 'Macbook Air' of receivers. Does anything like this exist? [more inside]
posted by verevi on Sep 10, 2011 - 21 answers

Can you id this object?

What is this object? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm on Sep 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Where can I get my turntable fixed in NYC?

My turntable has broken. Recommend me a good repair shop in NYC. [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Sep 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for a single (1-ear) earbud

Looking for recommendations for a single earbud (1 earbud) for an mp3 player. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 17, 2011 - 9 answers

My SUV Stereo is Haunted

Why does the factory stereo in my 2002 Ford Escape (AM/FM stero, 4 speaker, six disk changer) randomly change stations and randomly change or eject CD's? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Aug 16, 2011 - 3 answers

I need something new to geek out about.

An idle stereo upgrade question: If I were to upgrade any part of my stereo system, would I get more bang for the buck upgrading my receiver, my speakers, or it would it probably not make a difference given my listening habits? Details on my setup inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Broken buds ain't my buddies

I need a pair of sturdy earbuds. Can you help me find a pair that will survive my pocket? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Aug 15, 2011 - 19 answers

What speaker set up is best for 120 gbs of mp3s and a two room apartment?

What speaker set up is best for 120 gbs of mp3s and a two room apartment? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Jul 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me decide whether to buy this car

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee: What are my options with the built-in UConnect hands-free system if I want to switch the stereo? [more inside]
posted by thebriguy72 on Jun 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Old Movies with New Sound Effects

Why, when remastering old movies, do they record new sound effects to dub over the original audio? [more inside]
posted by koolgiy on Apr 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Repair or replace?

I bought a budget receiver (Pioneer VSX-50) about 5 years ago. I had no problem with it until a few days ago, when I head a pop when I turned it on, and since then all audio is gone. Is this worth trying to fix? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble on Mar 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Help bring music to our home.

Stereo advice needed. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Mar 9, 2011 - 14 answers

How Do I Wire My House for Sound?

I need to split the audio signal outputs (CD, tuner, Computer etc) to different amplifiers in my house, what do I need to do this? [more inside]
posted by misterpatrick on Feb 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Should I be using a USB DAC instead of my TV

Should I not be using my television as a DAC for my home stereo? [more inside]
posted by johnchristopher on Jan 24, 2011 - 7 answers

HiFi CD player vs DAC

Audiophile questions: HiFi CD player vs DAC. What benefit is there to a CD player compared to just getting a quality digital/analog converter? What exactly is a quality DAC? Help me avoid audiophile snake oil! [more inside]
posted by cotterpin on Jan 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Plug it!

I have a Droid Incredible and the only minijack it likes appears to like are attached to my iPod headphones (not headset). Does anyone know of a minijack-minijack or minijack-RCA cable that would make it happy? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on Jan 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Device that makes mp3s sound deeper, richer, etc.

I found and immediately lost a link the other day that talked about a device that made mp3s sound richer, deeper, perhaps like vinyl (or at least not as compressed as they truly are). It was a rather simple device and the article talked about one brand as low as $150. I don't expect anyone to find the exact page especially as I am not being too descriptive. It was on an audiophile site and was recommended...not one of those 'buy this cheapie/crap product that screws up your music' sort of thing. If anyone knows what I am talking about or has something else that they know that works for improving mp3 sound through stereo, I'm interested. Pardon me for the nebulous post. It is the best my brain can recall. Thanks for your techie/audiophile input.
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 30, 2010 - 22 answers

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