The sound difference was noticeable on my old set. I now have a new
TV with Stereo sound. The change in volume is much greater. The
difference is head splitting sometimes.
If there is, in fact, a law against the volume level for commercials,
I guess we have one more law on the book that no one enforces.
Futile. The industry has already greased the wheels.
If you want to make a difference, just cancel service.
It seems the industry has a total commitment to find
every conceivable method to annoy its customers. It's
what they do!
Extinction is the best solution. So just cancel and
help end the misery sooner rather than later.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
A dollar to a flyspeck the $ behind the ad industry would totally eviscerate
such an effort. "It's All For Sale".
I won't have anything to do with 'em anymore. I'll tune 2 channels and flip
when an ad comes on. And I keep a recorded <something> that I'll replay
when there are ads on both channels. Been doing this for years.
They drown us with deceitful garbage images/sounds. So long as it's their
job to stick their "message" under the noses of everyone and their uncle
when 99.99% of the audience want nothing to do with their product, there's
little/no difference between the Nigerian that emails you offering
$1,000,000 and the ad exec who books a super-bowl ad that -costs-
"Law Without Equity Is No Law At All. It Is A Form Of Jungle Rule."
I don't think there is such a law and they insist they're not doing
it, although I'm not at all convinced.
This is not a new topic. It's been discussed for more than a decade,
maybe much more.
I hate it too. Just one reason, sometimes I want to be able to fall
asleep to the tv and the commercials wake me up. Sometimes even tne
music between segments on NPR seems enough to wake me up.
I looked and found "Volume controllers" or something like that for
sale. One was 10 or 12 dollars, one from Amazon about 26 dollars and
one around 60. Maybe all of them from Amazon. I figured I'd buy the
one in the middle. I hooked it up a couple months ago and I hear no
difference. Without a convincing endorsement, I'm not buying the 60
It would be easy, no more than one more button on the remote control
and maybe not even one, to enable two volume levels for televisions.
One could raise the level and press Set, and that would set the higher
value, then lower the level and press Set and that would set the lower
level, and then just press Set to go from high to low and back. I
think this would be a popular feature, but maybe the networks are
paying or would pay the manufacturers not to include it.
I'm sure all radios and tvs continued to have AVC and AGC forever,
whether they advertised it or not. It's an essential circuit, that
takes as little as one or two parts. (For Sony that would be 5 or 10
parts. :) ) Other than maybe the digital ones. I can see why maybe
it is not included in digital, where signal strength is not directly
related to volume, iiuc.
I still like watching a show "live" even if there is nothing live
about it. When I watch a copy that I record, I'm always going
backward to hear some word I misunderstood. I'd sort of rather watch
it live and just miss whatever I miss.
But I"m not always home and I do watch a lot that I've recorded, and
then I mostly skip the commercials. Even that has it's disadvantages.
I sort of like the commercials because I can relax, think aboutother
things during them, if the sound were not blasting. WAtching an hour
show in a half-hour can wear me out. (I even skip 30 seconds from when
the 3 Jeopardy contestants are introduced to when the categories are
shown. Alex says the same thing every day during those 30 seconds.)
I've heard various stories too, but have no idea of the truth. Sound though,
is more than just volume. By tinkering with the tone and such, they can make
the sound more noticeable. Some sows seem to have a quiet segment seconds
before the commercial and then all of a sudden you hear "Billy Mays here
with a new . . . . ."
you can buy a auto commercial volume control that will equalize
cable dish and direct tv just pass the content, they arent allowed by
law to change the volume.
myself? we DVR nearly everything and skip thru most commercials on
Some tvs have compressor- limiters you can turn on, my JVC does, it
helps a bit. There is a max volume advertisers are allowed and they
compress the commercials dynamic range so it is all at the max, its a
basic sound trick in recording. The regulation needs to be re written
as to percieved volume, not what is measured in db. if you use a
stereo on the tv some have their own compression circuit you can turn
In 1992 Magnvox introduced "Smart Sound" an automatic
sound volume control. They still manufacture CRT TV's
with it. I think there may be an updated version for
the flat panel sets.
There have been some proposals for regulation of loud
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