Jarring jumps in volume can be a pain, whether you’re flicking between channels, surprised by loud commercial breaks, or flicking from quiet games console or Blu-ray player to blaring TV channels or set-top boxes.
Help is at hand, however, in the shape of Dolby Volume. It solves the problem by smoothing out spikes in sound. It’s completely invisible, but set to stop you reaching for the remote every time the channel changes or the ads make an appearance.
How does Dolby Volume work?
Dolby Volume maintains a consistent volume from your TV, no matter what you’re watching on it. It’ll soften loud noises, and amplify quiet ones without adding distortion or hiss.
It’s built on the science of human hearing, with Dolby researching how humans hear different noises, and tuning its technology to suit our delicate eardrums. With Dolby Volume inside your TV, you simply set the volume once, and then leave it.
No matter how many times you change channel, how many ad breaks you sit through, or how often you change the device plugged into the TV, your telly will always play at the same level.
But that’s not all Dolby Volume does. By researching human hearing, Dolby has tuned its system to enhance certain noises at low volume too. Even when turned down low, your TV will still let you hear whispering voices, or the creaking sound effects of a late night horror flick.
Toshiba and Dolby Volume
Many of our TVs have Dolby Volume inside, such as the new REGZA RV, SL and WL ranges, keeping your listening smooth and stable no matter what you’re watching. You might see Dolby Volume in other equipment too, such as home cinema systems, but by packing it directly into the TV our engineers have made sure it’s on your side in the most common viewing environments.
For example, you’re unlikely to use a home cinema kit while kicking back and watching your favourite soaps, since it’ll need to be switched on separately, and flicked to the correct input. The TV, meanwhile, will see more regular use, whether you’re watching the news, catching up on your favourite drama, or settling down for an evening with a film.
By putting Dolby Volume where it’ll see the most use, Toshiba has made sure you won’t be startled by loud adverts or jarring channel changes again.
Why Dolby Volume matters
Any telly fan will know the agony of thundering volume in ad breaks, and inconvenience of continually reaching for the remote control as a result.
Dolby Volume solves the problem entirely, and without you needing to know it’s working behind the scenes. It’s likely you’ll never think twice about the magic it’s working behind the scenes, but try a TV without it, and you’ll soon notice you’ve been living a life of sonic luxury, never needing to reach for the volume button again.