You are watching your movie and realize the voices being too quiet makes it hard to understand what they are saying. You tried turning it up, but that just makes things so much worse! So how can you fix this issue?

There are many ways you can fix this. You can try changing your controls or settings within your TV. If you have speakers, you can even reconfigure your sound system to see if that will improve the dialogue.

Each TV and speaker system is different regarding the dialogue and speech settings. Here is everything you need to know so you can adjust everything to improve those voices.

Why Are Voices Quiet On Your TV?

So why are the voices so quiet on your TV? There are several reasons why this could be happening, including the following:

  • The speakers aren’t configured.
  • It’s the broadcasting station.
  • It’s the streaming application.
  • Your TV settings aren’t set correctly.
  • Your TV’s speakers.

These are the general reasons for this issue. Many of these you can fix on your own. If it is the broadcasting station, you can’t necessarily ask them to change the settings, but you can make the appropriate adjustments to help you have a better watching experience.

How To Fix Voices Being Too Quiet On Your TV

Now that you know some of the possible causes for the voices being but a whisper on your screen, you can start trying some ways to fix this problem.

Dialogue is important; missing one thing can ruin the whole story. Here is how you can fix these issues, so you don’t miss a thing:

  • Reconfigure your speakers.
  • Update your TV.
  • Disable the auto volume adjustment option.
  • Enable Dynamic Range Compression
  • Change TV Settings
  • Get a soundbar or sound system.
  • Check your wires.
  • Buy some headphones.
  • Turn on the subtitles or captions.

These will improve your experience while watching your favorite shows and movies. Unless you are into subtitles, it is important to hear what is being said.

Reconfigure Speakers

If you have a sound system or speakers, you may need to reconfigure them so that the sound is produced better for the voices to be heard. This may need to be done even if you had configured them when installing the speakers.

System settings often get changed, or it could just be something with the TV had changed. So reconfiguring everything can help fix the voice problem anymore. You can check your manufacturer’s manual to determine what you need to do to complete this reconfiguration.

Update Your TV

One of the easiest ways to fix your TV’s volume issues is to check for an update. Glitches always happen, so updates are sent out to fix those.

Check in your settings to see if there is an update. Update your TV and complete a power cycle. Once the TV is up and running, test it out to see if the TV was the issue. If there is still an issue, continue testing things to figure out the problem.

Disable Auto Volume Adjustment Option

Within your TV settings, there is an automatic volume adjustment option. Usually, this is already turned on. It is the default setting on most TVs. Sometimes this auto adjustment can make the voices hard to hear.

All you need to do is go into your sound settings and disable the auto volume adjustment option. Test it out. Sometimes turning off this option means you will have to change your volume when you change streaming apps or devices, but it could solve the quiet voices.

Enable Dynamic Range Compression

Dynamic Range Compression is a great option to help reduce the loud noises in a movie or show and make it easier to hear the voices. It can also be called Night Mode because it often reduces loud noises when winding down for bed.

It also makes the loud noises closer to the volume of the dialogue or voices, so no sudden increase in volume will jar you awake. You can also adjust the EQ option if your TV doesn’t have this option.

Change TV Settings

Not all TVs have Dynamic Range Compression, nor do they have automatic volume adjustments. You may need to change the settings yourself to make the voices louder.

You can try using different themes, like movie, surround system, and more, or you can try changing the setting manually in the settings. The choice is up to you. It is good to mess around with the sound to see what you like the best.

Get A Soundbar Or Sound System

Using your TV speakers, you will quickly realize they aren’t always the best for voices. TV speakers aren’t always the best quality either. You may want to invest in a soundbar or sound system. It can make a world of difference!

If money is the reason for not investing in a sound system, soundbars are a great and inexpensive product to invest in. They are easy to install, and you don’t have to worry about putting speakers around your room or configuring everything.

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Check Your Wires

You may notice that the voices are quiet when you play it on a device attached to your TV. If that’s the case, it is the device or the connection to the device rather than the TV itself.

The first thing you want to check is the device settings to ensure that it is set to amplify voices rather than amplify the background. This will look like a particular “sound mode” on that device.

Secondly, you can check to see if it is the cable connecting your device to the TV. Sometimes it gets loose or damaged, and this can cause audio problems. Check for damage. If you don’t see anything, try disconnecting and reconnecting the device.

 If the device is plugged into the home theater system, disconnect and plug it back in. Sometimes it is something simple as the device not being plugged in properly that causes all these issues.

Buy Some Headphones

This may not be the way you wanted to fix the voices, but if it is a broadcaster that makes voices hard to hear, then this could be one of the best solutions. It is also great if you have a lot of outside noises that distract you from your entertainment.

Many types of cordless headphones are perfect to go with your TV. You can leave them connected and change where the sound is displayed. It is so easy to install and excellent when you want to fully immerse yourself in your movie or show.

Turn On The Subtitles Or Captions

Although this doesn’t fix the quiet voices on your TV, turning on subtitles or captions is a temporary fix until you figure out the cause of this problem. It is a great way to see what is being said that you may have misheard or just can’t hear.

This isn’t always the best route because it doesn’t solve the problem, but it is better than missing the entire story. You may even see things you may not have heard when only listening to the audio.

How To Improve Dialogue Sound Through TV’s Settings

You’ve already learned you can improve the dialogue sound through your TV settings. When the dialogue is quiet, sometimes the TV doesn’t automatically adjust the sound. Even updates can change the volume settings.

Many TVs have different steps to improve their dialogue sound. Here are some of the most popular brands that will be covered:

  • Roku TV
  • Samsung TV
  • Apple TV
  • LG TV
  • Sony TV

Other lesser-known brands have similar steps. Look to the manual for those steps if you do not see your TV on this list.

Roku TV

Many TVs have different sound modes you can choose from. This includes Roku TVs, although their options aren’t as advanced as other TVs. This makes changing the sound mode for dialogue much more manageable. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Go to the “Options Menu” by pressing the asterisk on your Roku remote.
  • Click on “Sound Mode.”
  • Choose “Speech” to improve dialogue.

Speech is the best option among the few that are available. It helps you hear what is being said more than the background or music.

Samsung TV

Changing the settings on your Samsung TV differs from model to model and year to year. Each one has different steps to get to their version of Clear Voice.

Clear Voice mode will help improve the voices on your TV. You need to find the sound mode settings and change the setting there.

Apple TV

Apple TV doesn’t have anything specific to speech or dialogue that will amplify the voices, but it does have a way to reduce the loud noises in the background.

You can turn down those background noises, making hearing the voices easier. You need to follow these steps:

  • Go to settings on your Apple TV.
  • Find Video and Audio among the options.
  • Choose “Reduce Loud Sounds.”

Hopefully, this will improve the quiet voices on your TV, but it may not be a sure thing.


On LG TV, there are multiple sound modes that you can choose from. To help with low dialogue quality, you can choose clear voice mode. This helps clean up the sounds so you can understand what is being said. Here are the steps to improve the voice quality:

  • Start with the Home Page.
  • Select Settings.
  • Scroll until you find Sound.
  • Choose Sound Mode Setting.
  • Click on Sound Mode, so the mode options pop up.
  • Pick Clear Voice.

You can choose to change to other sound modes. You can choose from a few, and they can be better depending on what you are watching and your preference.

Sony TV

Sony is well known for making the dialogue and voices quiet on their products. It is one of the significant flaws that customers have complained about. Here is a table to show you the different options to customize for a better voice sound:

Sound ModeSelect modes such as Cinema, Music, or Dolby Audio.
Sound CustomizationYou can adjust the sound quality for each sound mode but with more specificity.
Advanced Auto VolumeIt makes the volume level remain consistent across all programs and devices.
BalanceThis can help you adjust the balance of your speakers.
Acoustic Auto CalibrationOption to adjust audio output.

You should only need to use Sound Mode or Sound Customization to adjust the voices on your TV, but it is not always the case, depending on which model you have.

These are the main options that you can use to adjust the voices on your TV audio output. Toy with a few to see which one provides the best amplification.

What To Do If I Cannot Fix Voices Being Too Quiet?

You can do a few things, depending on what you are using for your audio output. You can add speakers, a sound system, or a soundbar to improve the audio output rather than just using your TV.

If you are using speakers, you may need to contact the manufacturer. They have helplines that can help you immediately or advise you on the best route from there. You can also do the same by contacting your TV manufacturer for assistance if you need it sooner.


Having to deal with quiet voices can be bothersome. It makes it hard to enjoy entertainment. These are the many ways you can try to fix the voices, so you don’t have to deal with the frustration of trying to hear what is being said.