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It seems like if I am playing a movie out of my computer running to my stereo receiver that the audio is not leveled properly.

The voices are very quiet but the SFX and the music are very loud. It gets annoying constantly changing volumes per scene.

Is there a way to fix this?
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That's a pretty common complaint for home movie watching. First make sure the sound output on your computer is set to 2 channels, not 5, so that you aren't "missing" a pile of content, then, when watching movies, if they have a stereo track option on the disc, use that instead of letting your computer mix the 5.1 to 2.0, their mix should be a little better. Finally, you can try adjusting EQ a bit to bring up the vocals (generally ~150-1500hz range would help). If all of that fails, you may be in the market for a 5.1 receiver and the addition of a centre channel speaker... What we do at home to make movies more "friendly" to a listener who doesn't want to keep adjusting the volume, is adjust the levels of the mains downward, and adjust the level of the centre channel upwards, this "cheat" is common.


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It seems like if I am playing a movie out of my computer running to my stereo receiver that the audio is not leveled properly.
The voices are very quiet but the SFX and the music are very loud. It gets annoying constantly changing volumes per scene.
Is there a way to fix this?

Well considering 70% of all dialogue is mixed into the center channel, going from stereo to surround might help.
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