AccuVoice is the trademarked name for patent-pending technology that lifts voices out of soundtracks to make them clear and understandable. AccuVoice works much like hearing aid technology, but uses a much more advanced processor that is capable of subtle manipulation of sound.
Is AccuVoice Like Other Voice Boosting Systems?
There are numerous systems that claim to make voices more clear, and most of them do provide some improvement. But most other systems focus on equalization -- a fancy name for tone control -- to make certain frequency ranges louder than others. Equalization is only one small part of what the AccuVoice system does. By combining compression, consonant-range boost, formant enhancement, minimization of bass output -- plus some proprietary techniques we would rather not divulge, the ZVOX AccuVoice system creates outstanding results. Listen for yourself!
Why Can't I Understand Voices on TV?
Hollywood is mixing sound for drama, not clarity. We recently Googled the phase "hard to understand dialogue movies" and got 162 million hits. Hollywood is using more adventurous audio mixing techniques – often resulting in unclear dialogue. Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post recently described a blockbuster Hollywood movie as having "a muddy, thuddingly loud sound design, in which the score and similarly thumping sound effects render spoken dialogue a submerged garble." She's not the only one complaining. Dozens of web articles in the last two years complain about soundtracks with muddled, hard-to-understand dialogue. From Downton Abbey to The Walking Dead to football announcers, it's an epidemic.
Flat screen TV sound systems are awful. TV manufacturers put very little effort or expense into TV speaker systems, typically using half-inch speakers aimed behind the TV. The dark secret of TV manufacturers is they can't care about sound quality. TV designers are in a market-share war, trying to outdo the competition with thinner, sleeker TVs…TVs that aren't big enough to house even a mediocre sound system. Sound from a modern flat screen TV is worse than what you heard from a 1952 Philco black and white TV.
The ultra-small, poorly-aimed speakers in flat screen TVs are often incapable of reproducing human speech clearly and accurately. And the really bad news is that TVs are getting even thinner. The new generation of OLED TVs introduced at the January 2016 Consumer Electronics Show have screens as thin as three millimeters!
3. Baby boomers listened to LOUD music when they were young. For the first time in the history of the United States, there are 95 million people over the age of 50…and many of them have some degree of hearing loss.
Combine these three factors and the result is a huge number of people finding it increasingly difficult to understand dialogue on TV. So what's the solution? Conventional hearing aids don't solve the problem because they can't improve TV sound. They just let people hear bad TV sound more clearly. Home theater sound systems are much better than the speakers built into TVs. But they are often complicated and expensive. And simpler, more affordable sound bars rarely feature a center speaker – crucial for accurate dialogue reproduction. Plus many sound bars include boomy subwoofers which actually interfere with voice clarity. Unlike these other products, the AccuVoice TV Speaker is specifically designed to render crystal clear dialogue.