On a cold winter day, curling up on the couch with a warm blanket and putting on a feel-good holiday film like It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol or Miracle on 34th Street might seem like the perfect idea. But there’s one catch — you may not be able to hear the dialogue clearly.
That’s because the soundtracks to many of these old classics were recorded using the less sophisticated audio formats available at the time — mono or stereo, both of which are limited in their capabilities, as compared to modern surround sound. So if you want to get the most of your holiday movie watching experience and not miss out on some of your favorite dialogue, you’ll need an upgrade. The Yamaha YAS-209 sound bar with wireless subwoofer is one such solution.
In addition to providing features like DTS Virtual:X™ virtual 3D surround sound, Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® music streaming as well as Alexa built-in voice control, the YAS-209 offers proprietary Yamaha Clear Voice technology for enhanced dialogue clarity. To turn it on, simply press the Clear Voice button on the sound bar’s remote control, as shown in the illustration on the right.
In technical terms, Clear Voice emphasizes the vocal frequency ranges and harmonics for greater intelligibility, while at the same time, remaining frequency components are attenuated. In other words, it pushes background noise and sound effects to the back of the soundtrack where they belong so the dialogue is front and center — without you having to raise the volume every time your favorite character appears on-screen.
Clear Voice not only works with older films, but modern films with surround sound as well. A Christmas Story, Home Alone, and (dare we say) Die Hard are all enhanced both from a dialogue perspective as well as through DTS Virtual:X virtual 3D surround sound, so you’ll get the best of both worlds — from bone rattling explosions on the Nakatomi building to hearing John McClane insult Hans Gruber — all without lifting a finger to adjust the volume.
Check out this video for more information on how to improve dialogue on your TV.
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