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Problem with TV's internal sound system

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jim Peavy, Sep 7, 2002.

  1. Jim Peavy

    Jim Peavy Supporting Actor

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    Been watching DVD's on my new Toshiba 32A42 and (I know I'm a Philistine) been using the TV's own speakers as my "sound system." This of course is only a stop-gap measure until I can get a proper system.

    I've noticed in certain parts of films (especially LORD OF THE RINGS last night), when the sound gets low and "bassy," the cabinet of the television hums--actually reverberates due to the sound frequency. I don't have the volume up that loud, either; about 58 or so.

    Am I just bumping up against the limits of the TV's abilities, or is this unacceptable and should I put in for a service call? I can accept the former, but it still seems like the TV's native system would be naturally limited, but not actually defective. I don't know, I'm torn.

    Any advice/feedback would be appreciated!
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

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    Well the lower-frequency sounds do require a lot of air-movement. The guys who build their own subwoofers are very concerned with internal-braceing and often stuff the enclosure with polyfoam to reduce internal echos.
    It sounds like the sound is rattling around inside your TV cabinent and you may have a loose screw or pieces of plastic that are rattling around.
    A service man MIGHT be able to open the unit up and tighten every screw/connector he can find - but this is not his usual type of work. (But if you have free in-home service, why not try?)
    But in truth: you are a canidate for an external sound system. [​IMG]
     
  3. Jim Peavy

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    "But in truth: you are a canidate for an external sound system."
    I knew you were going to say that[​IMG] !
    It doesn't sound like a loose piece of plastic or anything (though of course I could be wrong). When it does it, I can push on the cabinet and it'll stop, so it's definitely the whole housing. I checked all the main housing screws and they are good and tight.
    On reading some of the beginner's FAQ, it occured to me that maybe I need to switch from the Dolby 5.1 that DVDs (the ones that have it) default to, to the 2.0. Perhaps this is the reason they have the 2.0 after all. I tried this and it did seem to make a difference. Does it seem reasonable to assume that my TV's pitiful little sound system can't handle the 5 channels of 5.1 (let alone the ".1" effects channel) and was just overloading?
    Yes, I would love an external sound system, but right now the "Home Theater in a Box" system is all I could afford and I've heard they're generally not worth fooling with.
    Edit: Oh yes, thanks much for your reply!
     
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    you're just pushing the speakers...i wouldn't worry about it.
    since the speakers are physically attached to the case, the vibrations from the speakers are being translated into the casing. that's probably the humming you're hearing.
     
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    That seems to be the case.

    Thanks much, fellas!
     

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