The Next Track, Episode #247: Subtitles

Why do so many people turn on subtitles when watching TV?

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2 thoughts on “The Next Track, Episode #247: Subtitles

  1. I haven’t listened to the episode yet, but here’s my answer: because otherwise I miss a third of what they’re saying. More if they aren’t speaking US English. I spent too much time playing in loud rock bands without hearing protection.

  2. My wife and I had been complaining about background sounds (ambient and music both) while trying the discern the dialogue in any given show or movie. We both agree that possibly the sound designers somehow cherish the “realism” they’re promoting in having the dialogue somewhat ignored as a consequence. So I took a friend’s advice and bought a Zvox soundbar, which by its technology promotes the spoken words on TV, which you can adjust the difference in level from the background sounds. We think it makes a big difference. But we still use subtitles for a lot of shows, especially the British ones.

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