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#31 Brambojoe


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:34 PM

if you are watching in digital you might be able to get the crowd sounds without the commentary by unplugging or muting the centre speaker. this has worked for me in the past and makes for a great watching experience.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:39 PM

I read somewhere on CDC that if you had 5.1 surround sound and disabled the middle speaker then you got to watch the game without the commentary.

You could try that.

I've been doing this for years. I posted it in a thread a while back and right after someone made a topic dedicated to the idea.

It can depend on the feed ie Sportsnet vs CBC. I don't do it all the time but I can tell you that it works very well on CBC as the commentary comes entirely out of the center channel. For whatever reason, on sportsnet, some of the commentary comes out of the front channels so it doesn't work as well.

On my receiver I can control the relative volume of each channel independently, so normally I would the turn center channel down to -10 which essentially eliminates the play by play and color commentary while leaving the game sounds, crowd, and arena at full blast. You could also unplug the center channel all together which might be more effective. Your choice of decoding might also effect the results, ie DTS vs PLIX settings.

When it works well it's amazing, especially if you have a really big TV. I have half season tickets myself so I've been to many games, but I can tell you that when you have good surround sound, a big TV, and you crank the volume with the play by play/commentary turned off... It's almost as good as being there. The roar of the crowd during during an odd man rush or a wild sustained attack gives you goosebumps, more so than being at the game. It really is quite dramatic! I recommend giving it a try, but keep in mind that your receiver settings and the channel/feed could effect the results.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:05 PM

So stoked to try this out.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:09 PM

You cant use DTS decoding as the broadcast is in Dolby.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:18 PM

Yeah i'm going to try the center speaker method as well. Thanks for your input, everyone. Even you, gushybear, for quoting: Cheers.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

I used to mute and put on the radio on 1040 and listen to Shorty on there (before he got moved to TV)
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

I'm watching CBC and TSN right now, center channel unplugged. It works awesome. You can even hear guys yelling on the ice more. Like I said before, works perfectly on these channels but I think Sportsnet has some of the commentary come through the front speakers.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

I usually watch the games with the commentary off..(you are the commentator)..if its a good game,then rewatch for the tidbits....

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:45 PM

dude suck it up, the announcing is not biased, its FAIR...as vancouverites we are forced to listen to homer announcing on sportsnet so listening to CBC is a reason to complain, and how can you mute Jim Hughson the mans a legend and I bet hes thrilled to announce something other then the leafs. Its taking him every muscle in his body to not yell out "Go Canucks Go"

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:02 PM

You could always just watch the punjabi feed of HNIC.

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