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Voice not loud with headphones - background music too loud

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro

    Voice not loud with headphones - background music too loud


    Hi there,
    When I use headphones with my Surface Pro (Win 8) I cant hear the voices in my videos - the background music/sound effects are just too loud.

    How can I fix this? I have tried using the Win 8 Video player as well as VLC Player and I still get the same issue.

    I have tried the headphones on my iPhone and have no problems.

    It has been a long time since i've used a Windows computer (usually have a Mac) so sorry if this is a silly question.

    Thanks in advance
    Nathan

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    You cou;d try using Winamp as it has an equalizer. Most DVDs the sound track and effects are pumped up compared to dialog. It drives me crazy, but short of demuxing, fixing the audio yourself then remuxing, trying to boost the voice frequencies is about all you can do.
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  3. #3


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    That has to do with the surround sound effects of the video that you were watching try to find a stereo mix not surroundsound mix.

    If you don't have a 5.1 surround sound system or if it is not configured properly you going to get that but there should be settings on any receiver to down downmix to the surround signal to stereo.

    Watching it through Winamp might help if you had the appropriate plug-in for handling 3F2R/LFE audio
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  4. #4


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks for all your help.
    Tried downloading Winamp but its not playing the video - just the audio.
    This is all starting to sound too hard - might just stick to watching videos on my desktop.

    Is there anyway to overall step audio down from 5.1 to 2 channel system wide?

    Thanks
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Just for grins give SPlayer Portable a try. Don't use the installer as that had some issues. I never had any quirks using the portable release. I suggest it because this little player performed better on less than stellar video hardware than many other better known players. And it's portable. Just delete the folder if you have no use for it.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Just for grins give SPlayer Portable a try. Don't use the installer as that had some issues. I never had any quirks using the portable release. I suggest it because this little player performed better on less than stellar video hardware than many other better known players. And it's portable. Just delete the folder if you have no use for it.
    thanks still didnt work
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by nathanlukewong View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Just for grins give SPlayer Portable a try. Don't use the installer as that had some issues. I never had any quirks using the portable release. I suggest it because this little player performed better on less than stellar video hardware than many other better known players. And it's portable. Just delete the folder if you have no use for it.
    thanks still didnt work
    Then it may be particular to your machine. I just got my first Laptop a couple months ago. I've always used desktops until then. So I have no experience with Surface Pro. All I can suggest at this point would be to try different audio drivers.
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  8. #8


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    Win 8.1


    I had the reverse problem. Windows phone headset worked great but iPhone headset the background noise was really loud and voices very soft. I just had to plug to ear phones firmer in to the device, problem fixed.

    Ensure you've plugged whatever earphones you are using in as far as they will go.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    thanks LKron but yes, I have them plugged in!
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Voice not loud with headphones - background music too loud
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