My advice ; sell the B&W speakers.
Buy some Q Acoustics 2020i or Dali Zensor 3 speakers (don't know if these are out already). The Boston Acoustics A26 are great too.
I think your system will improve a lot.
Lousy advice, the B&Ws are fab.
Maybe it is Netflix that sounds like ass?!
If the OP likes the sound of his stereo with music, there is no need to change the set up he has!
Def look into the output settings as mentioned and if that doesn't work, try being a bit more old school and watch blue rays!
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The B&W's are old. Speakers have improved a lot since then.
Did you have netflix through your system a year ago?
Sorry wrong post please ignore
Hate to state the obvious, but have you checked the audio settings on your Apple TV? Dolby digital should be off, and your output should be 16 bit.
This sounds like it may be the problem. Your description of the sound seems like you are playing 5.1 but you are only hearing the front left and right channels and losing all of the sound that would go to the center and rear channels. As most of the dialogue usually goes to the center channel if you lost this the overall sound would be pretty screwed up like you describe.
Have you had a look at the audio settings to make sure it's set to stereo rather than 5.1? I haven't ever used Apple TV myself so I'm not sure of the details of how these settings can be checked. Maybe someone who uses ATV could help?
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See post above yours.
Doubt it - I use Netflix a lot and the sound quality off that is excellent IMO. Very impressed with it.
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But it's weird to state that the system will improve a lot, with a pair of speakers of which you don't know if they are out already. Not likely you heard them yourself, right?
Or you could just see my post from almost 8 hours previously where I said, almost word for word, exactly what Steve_1979 said.
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I've got an idea. Maybe the Apple TV isn't down mixing to stereo? Maybe the OP could try Settings > Audio & Video > Dolby Digital > Off.
It's a long shot...
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Actually, I think you need some AVI DM5s...
I blame Rega.
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