What Streaming Giants Don't Want You to Know About Sound Quality

What Streaming Giants Don’t Want You to Know About Sound Quality

At Tech With Tech, we pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve when it comes to technological trends and challenges. Lately, a recurring topic of discussion among our customers has been the difficulty they face in understanding dialogues while streaming their favorite shows and movies. It’s not just about cranking up the volume; it’s about the clarity and quality of the sound.

This isn’t an isolated issue. A recent report highlighted that as we transition into the streaming era, with content consumption shifting from large cinema screens to devices like televisions, tablets, and smartphones, ensuring crisp and clear dialogue has become a paramount concern in the entertainment world. Surveys have shown that nearly half of all Americans, especially the younger generation, are frequently turning on subtitles. The reason? It’s not because of hearing impairments, but primarily to better comprehend what’s being said on screen1.

Si Lewis, a seasoned expert in the home theater installation industry, observed, “The majority of my customers express concerns about hearing the dialogue in their favorite shows, leading many to rely on closed captions.”1 This dialogue clarity issue is now gaining traction, prompting tech and media giants to delve deep into potential solutions. Among the promising avenues being explored are innovative speech-boosting software algorithms designed to enhance dialogue clarity without compromising on background sound quality.

But what’s causing this issue? Several factors come into play. Modern show production often emphasizes atmospheric soundscapes and background music, which, while immersive, can sometimes overshadow dialogue. Additionally, the compact speakers in today’s slim TVs often lack the depth to deliver clear speech.

Our Tech With Tech blog is committed to enhancing your entertainment experience. We’re actively researching and testing potential solutions, from soundbars equipped with dialogue-enhancing features to advanced audio settings tweaks. Our goal is to ensure that your streaming sessions are both enjoyable and comprehensible.

So, if you’ve been wondering whether it’s your device, your ears, or just a general industry trend, rest assured, you’re not alone in this. We’re here to help. Drop by TechWithTech.com for personalized advice, tech solutions, or simply to discuss the latest in entertainment tech. We’re always here for you.


  • “Streaming Dialogue Clarity: An Emerging Challenge,” The New York Times, accessed August 16, 2023. Available at: Source.