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 Why Are Commercials SO DANG LOUD!?
Why Are Commercials SO DANG LOUD!?
Here is a simple answer to one of life's great mysteries. picked by eljay 4 years ago
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 eljay
4 years ago
Bear with me....I am working on the link. Grrrr...okay it should work now. :D
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 deedlezx
4 years ago
« :"I wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called "brightness, but that doesn't work." - Author Unknown

:D
this quote is fabulous. and it's exactly why i don't watch tv.
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 grandmab...
4 years ago
Don't you just hate that?! Radio too. I hit mute or turn the sound down. I will happily live without the products they are yelling about.
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 bcgrote
4 years ago
My husband mutes the stupid ones, so pretty much all the commercials get muted when he's watching!

An even bigger peeve than 'loud' commercials is one station being louder than another. I watch Animal Planet, having to crank that volume in order to hear the shows. Then, when I change channels, especially to CBS, AAAAGGHHH!!! I am blasted out of my seat by the difference in volume.

I did mention to my hubby that I thought there had been an invention to level the volume of commercials. He said the advertisers cried about it.

So, on with the mute button. And, a good last resort, don't buy the product. And do tell the advertisers and cable company why.

I had noticed one time I was watching "What Not to Wear", US version. There was a Premarin commercial!!!! I thought that stuff was banned... Well, I told my cable company that even though I enjoyed the show, I could not support a show that wanted me to torture horses for no reason. I did finally watch it again after a few years, and I have never again seen an ad for Premarin during my tv hours...
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 suckersk...
4 years ago
In fact, broadcasters CANNOT use equipment or procedures to avoid loud commercials, or at least not without extensive efforts.

It's simple: There are regulations and standards about maximum dB levels for programming. They may differ from station to station, but they exist due to technical limits of the broadcasting line. Stations won't accept programs which aren't levelled properly.
Dynamics of levels ("volume", "loudness") is a completely different matter. In quality programming, a wide range of levels is used to create certain effects on the viewer - although this range is by far smaller than at a theater, for example, and way nearer to the upper limit, since TV is almost more an auditive medium today, and you have to catch your distracted viewers' attention every few seconds.
Commercials are simply compressed to the upper end of allowed levels, i.e. everything is equally loud, so the overall level appears to be higher. There's almost no dynamic left - pitching it down would make the whole thing sound awkwardly weak.

/smartass
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 icepigs
4 years ago
I have a DVR.

I watch nothing live.

I watch no commercials.
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 beckinac...
4 years ago
I work in a commercial production house and suckerslub beat me to the explanation: they just use the maximum allowed. :)
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 hypersap...
4 years ago
« deedlezx
:"I wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called "brightness, but that doesn't work." - Author Unknown

:D
this quote is fabulous. and it's exactly why i don't watch tv.
It's from Gallagher

See folks, he does more than just smash watermelons with a sledgehammer.
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 hypersap...
4 years ago
What I'd like to know is why on DVDs, the volume of the music/sound effect/laugh track is always just a little bit higher than the volume of the dialog, so you can't hear what the characters are saying.
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 Alton
4 years ago
« hypersapien : What I'd like to know is why on DVDs, the volume of the music/sound effect/laugh track is always just a little bit higher than the volume of the dialog, so you can't hear what the characters are saying.
I don't have that problem, and watch alot of DVDs. Check you settings on your TV and DVD. Some allow you to change the set up for sound depending on the type of program you are watching.
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 larknet
4 years ago
« icepigs : I have a DVR.

I watch nothing live.

I watch no commercials.
We have a DVR also. Unfortunately, there are times when we watch live, and you just cant fast forward those no matter how hard you try! Don't you feel silly pushing the forward button and you are live, but you still try pushing the button, COME ON, FAST FORWARD.
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 beckinac...
4 years ago
I do the same thing when I make a mistake and try to APPLE + Z... and I'm not even at a computer. LOL
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 grandmab...
4 years ago
« beckinacea : I work in a commercial production house and suckerslub beat me to the explanation: they just use the maximum allowed. :)
sorry...I am still going to mute it or maybe better yet..go get a sweet snack in the kitchen.
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 suckersk...
4 years ago
« beckinacea:
* I work in a commercial production house and
* suckerslub beat me to the explanation
Please don't let any of the above ruin your day, OK? :)
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 beckinac...
4 years ago
« suckersklub : Please don't let any of the above ruin your day, OK? :)
I should be okay by the weekend. :p
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 SingleMa...
4 years ago
Today I read somewhere that for instance more recent Samsung tv's have the ability to level the sound automatically. I don't know if it also works with commercials.
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