How come the crowd noise is so much louder than the announcers whenever I watch a sporting event on my HDTV?

Whenever I watch a football, basketball, or baseball game in HDTV, the crowd noise is much louder than the announcers. I have a year old 57″ Hitachi. Thanks.

If you are using the built in ATSC (high def) tuner then you are receiving the Dolby Digital surround broadcast through the television as well, which tries to pump everything possible through the TV speakers, which isn’t always a bad thing, but because the broadcasters are trying to make the experience bigger for the viewer at home it sometimes poses this problem. You will also experience this through external sources like satellite and cable as well. The best way to defeat this is to adjust your sound settings on your television – you may even want to disable the surround sound function on the set. The sound will still be stereo, but the TV will not try as hard to create the full effect. With your Hitachi set you’ve got the ability to change quite a bit with the sound, so you may want to adjust it there. Also check the settings in the tuner to set the output to stereo instead of surround sound, this will also help.

I hope this helped.

Source(s): I’ve been working in Consumer Electronics for 10 years, and now travel the country doing training for big box retailers for Home Theater, Digital Imaging, Car Audio and personal electronics. I am a consumer electonics geek, and enjoy home theater and digital imaging very much. I’ve recently started a blog where I will post questions and answers that I receive via email and here so that others can get help as well. Go to to read my blog.

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