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How To Watch Classic Movies On A Modern TV

There’s nothing better than going back and watching an old favourite, but technology has changed significantly since the days of classic movies! If you’re a classic movie buff that wants to get the best viewing experience out of your modern television, tune into our guide for tips and tricks from the experts at Ferguson TV.

How To Adjust Your Audio Settings For Classic Movies

While modern TVs adapt well to classic movie visuals, the audio can sometimes be trickier. Have you ever turned the volume right up on a classic film during a speaking part only to scramble around for the remote when the music suddenly booms out ten times louder?

We spoke to our in-house expert to get their advice on how to adjust the audio levels of your modern TV to avoid peaks and troughs that threaten to blow the speaker...

1. Use The Movie Setting

In the SOUND menu (SOUND button) - select Movies. The manufacturer believes these are the settings that will give you the best audio experience for movies with that specific TV and its internal speakers. However, this setting often assumes that the user is listening with perfect 7-year-old ears. In reality, the user’s ears will usually be much older.

If the Movies setting doesn’t quite work for you, using the USER setting in the Audio menu allows these movie audio settings to be adjusted to your personal preferences.

2. Turn Up The Volume...Without Turning Up The Volume

If you do not want to turn up the volume but want the TV to sound loud, increase bass and treble settings in USER mode.

To make the TV sound louder without actually being higher volume you should use USER mode and set Bass and Treble to be near maximum. This works for soft or low-level sound when the volume control is set low. However, as the volume control is increased, it no longer has the same effect. This is due to the way pressure waves are converted to nerve signals in the inner ear.

3. Invest In A Sound Bar

TV speakers will do so much, but we recommend using a sound bar for more sophisticated audio settings. A sound bar will often produce sound down to 60Hz and has a more advanced audio quality design.

4. Automate Your Audio

Make your TV do the hard work for you. Many modern TVs have something called an Auto Volume setting – this means it knows when the volume is about to jump too high or too low and will adjust your audio settings accordingly.

Movies have a big dynamic range (soft sound sequences compared to loud sequences) as part of the dramatic effect. In movie theatres, this is sometimes magnified (loud sounds made even louder) to increase the drama, but you might not want this at home. It can be reduced by turning the Auto Volume setting to ON in the Audio menu.

Where To Stream Classic Movies

Streaming is king nowadays, so unless you have a DVD player ready to go, chances are on a modern TV, you’ll need to find your classic movie of choice on a streaming service. We’ve put together a list of our favourite classic movies, along with run times and where you can stream them in the UK, to make it even easier to access your favourite classic film.