Prime Video makes voices easier to hear with new Dialogue Boost feature

Prime Video has announced the addition of a new Dialogue Boost feature to improve voices and conversations in TV shows and movies. Instead of just increasing the volume of the center audio channel, as most dialogue enhancers do, this addition to Prime Video provides a separate audio stream that has been modified by artificial intelligence so that specific moments are easier to understand.

Most Fire TV models have a Dialogue Enhancer option that can be turned on under Settings > Display & Sounds > Audio > Advanced Audio. This feature generally boosts the center channel in Dolby Audio, where most dialogue exists, across the entire video. The changes to audio are applied the same way regardless of the video being watched. While it’s better than nothing for making dialogue easier to understand, it’s far from a sophisticated solution.

Prime Video’s new solution to hard-to-hear dialogue is to analyze the audio of a movie or TV show ahead of time and create a new audio stream that enhances dialogue in key moments of the video. You can switch to the new Dialogue Boost audio at any time and it is offered in three boost levels: low, medium, and high.

The downside is that Prime Video needs to create the new audio ahead of time for each video, since it’s not a feature that modifies the audio in real-time, like other dialogue enhancement features. To start off, the new Dialogue Boost audio is only available on the TV shows Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Harlem, as well as the movies The Big Sick, Beautiful Boy, and Being the Ricardos.

The boosted audio is available on all devices that support Prime Video. You’ll be able to find it under the audio language options while a video is playing. To enable it on Fire TV devices, start playing one of the supported titles, press the menu button on your remote, select the “Audio” option from the menu that appears in the lower right corner of the screen, select the “Audio languages” menu, and select one of the “English Dialogue Boost” options in the list shown.

14 comments
  1. Ian King says:

    How did this differ from the dialog booster setting in the Amazon Fire TV box?

    • That Fire TV setting just increases the center channel volume (where most dialogue exists) across the entire video. This new feature is an entirely new audio stream that has been adjusted in certain places where dialogue is difficult to understand.

    • JC says:

      Wokeywood needs to address this problem at the source, Has been a problem for close to 20 years, along with scenes being too dark.

      • Adam says:

        Has mocking name for something that he complains about being too dim and too quiet to watch adequately…
        Some people are just funny to others around them in ways they never see.

        • JC says:

          Well Adam, if the wild side is what you are into, have a Bud Light on me my friend.

          • Adam says:

            Ah, and an implicit aspersion as to what I may choose to do with my time. How…telling.
            I left behaviors like that and Bud Light back in high school in the 80’s. Bourbon and red wine have been my choice for quite a while now, as has my choice to not get worked up about how people live their lives.
            But we all have topics that, for whatever reason, intrigue us, this appears to be yours.

          • JC says:

            Well apparently for how “worldly” you have become, you yet got “worked up” over my original post. So if with age you have since chosen not to get “worked up”, I will dismiss this as a simple setback on your quest towards superiority and trust you are smart enough to learn from it and move forward. But I digress that if one has to put up airs to try to impress one that he has become “worldly” simply by drinking wine and bourbon (LOL!), they are only fooling themselves my friend. Live long and prosper.

  2. Art Teal says:

    I like this. I can’t believe I’m the only old fart that turns on CC even though in everyday life I hear just fine.

  3. Ian King says:

    Why can’t Amazon simply have a setting that turns this wonderful feature on whenever a video that has this capability is played?

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