Last night, while watching Game 1 of the NLCS, I made an earth-shattering discovery and Tweeted about it. The discovery was that I can mute the announcers but still hear the sounds of the game. Pretty cool, huh? Several people asked how, so here’s the answer…
It all begins with my receiver — the unit marked with the red arrow in the following photo:
The receiver is made by a company called Denon, and in case you want to get one for yourself, the model number is AVR-1610
(For the record, I know *very* little about electronics. I never would’ve discovered this trick if not for a friend who was futzing around with my sound system.)
The receiver has two buttons that allow me to change the “surround mode.” See here:
Normally I keep it on “stereo” mode, but if I flip through the options and select “dolby digital” instead, the announcers go bye-bye.
Look! Here’s a photo of me changing the mode:
In the photo above, the display screen is hard to see, so here’s a better look at it:
That’s all there is to it.
Then you sit back and enjoy the game as if you’re at the ballpark:
As for the announcers…