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Luckygirl Tue 31-Oct-17 16:40:42

My OH is a great hi-fi fanatic and interested in electronics. There is a room here that is devoted to his sound systems and even has a cinema screen. It is his "man cave".

He has now installed (with great difficulty and much help, because of his PD) something a bit similar in the living room for listening to the TV. I hate it for two reasons:

- the sound is loud with a booming bass speaker and other smaller speakers round the room - there is nowhere you can sit without it booming a couple of feet from your ear.
- I have no idea how to make it work and he often forgets how when I ask him and cannot explain what to do.

AIBU to want to just switch the TV and enjoy it????

Luckygirl Tue 31-Oct-17 16:41:45

PS If he has it set through the speakers it is very hard to get the TV reset to normal. Grrr!

CherryHatrick Tue 31-Oct-17 17:30:06

Plan A: Find the instruction book and teach yourself how to adjust it.

Plan B: Unplug it from the TV and fill the socket with Araldite grin

bumblebee123 Tue 31-Oct-17 17:30:47

Oh dear, do you have to wear ear muffs?
Err, what is an OH?

CherryHatrick Tue 31-Oct-17 17:34:50

Brian OH = Other Half

vampirequeen Tue 31-Oct-17 20:36:18

We have a sound bar that I tend to ignore and DH uses. The only problem is that once the sound bar is on then you can't use the ordinary remote to alter the sound. There are two problems with the sound bar remote. Firstly I can rarely find it and secondly if I do I can't work out how to use it grin

silverlining48 Tue 31-Oct-17 22:07:08

We hVe a similar system with 5 speakers all round our living room. Hate it. would rather use subtitles. Am planning to unplug the soeakers one by one and hope it goes unnoticed.

cornergran Wed 01-Nov-17 00:05:44

I feel,your pain Luckygirl? In a moment of madness fuelled by an unexpected bonus maybe 10 years ago I bought Mr C a complicated sound system thingy from a specialist local store. They installed it, gave a demonstration while I was safely at work. When we had problems they returned and sorted them. Then we moved. No nice local store, no helpful magician beamed in to fix things. If it works it’s pure luck. I have no idea how to operate it. The instruction book runs into far too many pages. Mr C sighs and scratches his head a lot, sometimes he overcomes, sometimes gloom descends. I love your plan b Cherryhatrick I may try it tomorrow.

grumppa Wed 01-Nov-17 00:59:40

Most decent radios have an audio input socket that a television can be linked to for improved sound without all the high tech stuff.

harrigran Wed 01-Nov-17 09:45:31

We have TVs and recorders that I can not operate and suspect instructions are in DH's own filing system. I watch programmes that DH has recorded for me.
When did TVs become so complicated that you needed an electronices degree to operate them ?

SparklyGrandma Wed 01-Nov-17 14:00:36

Luckgirl commiserations...and possibly feel sorry for neighbours if anyone has a TV with a booming sound system.

My upstairs neighbour has one, so I have taken to watching my own tv or dvd's on lap top, with headphones on.

A low point a few months ago, my neighbour fell asleep after 1am with the booming sound of an action channel on. 3 am passed, I tried to get an answer at his door.

At 4am he woke up and turned it off.

Please think of neighbours!

Ilovecheese Wed 01-Nov-17 16:14:32

I think we've got one of those. Was yours from Aldi?

vampirequeen Wed 01-Nov-17 19:37:09

No Sainsburys but we'd have got it from Aldi if they'd had them at the time lol

Lovetopaint037 Mon 11-Dec-17 09:15:34

Clarity is what we require. Have a sound box but haven’t found this helps a great deal with speech. Subtitles are always on if they are available. It would help if the programme makers did away with obtrusive background music and actors returned to clear projected speech instead of so called “natural” speech. But then I am old and out of it I suppose!

BlueBelle Mon 11-Dec-17 09:19:18

It actually makes living alone seem very special ??

Willow500 Mon 11-Dec-17 13:32:46

Boots on the other foot in our house I'm afraid. We've had several surround sound systems over the years but I hated the wires and the fact that they never worked properly. Last year I invested in a sound bar - one big speaker on the floor out of sight and the bar in front of the tv so no trailing wires and a simple remote control. I don't put it on most of the time but do love it for films - I don't think my OH is that bothered and the cats definitely don't like it grin