If a movie or TV show is too loud, you can always turn down the volume, but depending upon the way the sound was balanced, that can have the effect of making the dialogue impossible to hear. But the new Apple TV has a neat way around that problem. Here’s how to reduce loud sounds on the new Apple TV.
The feature is called ‘Reduce loud sounds.’ It essentially adjusts a video’s dynamic range so that louder audio – basically, moments in the waveform that are both tall and densely packed – is softened, while keeping dialogue and more subtle audio details properly amplified. It’s a great thing to put on in a Michael Bay film, or if you’re watching TV late at night.
It’s easy to turn on. You can enable it or disable it globally in the Settings menu under Audio and Video, or you can turn it on and off for the v ideo you’re watching by swiping down and accessing the option from the top menu. But the easiest way is to simply ask Siri to “reduce loud sounds”, then “turn off reduce loud sounds” to turn it off.
As a guy who watches a lot of movies with bad audio balancing, this justifies the cost of an Apple TV in its own right. Give it a try.