Why don’t I get audio from DVDs with spoken audio while music DVDs work fine?

Anonymous July 10, 2014

I get no sound out of my speakers if my DVD disks contain spoken dialog . They are totally silent! But a music DVD will playback fine. Video images from a DVD are fine, but if someone is talking no sound comes out of the speakers. YouTube plays both spoken dialog and music fine. Any ideas here? Thanks!

  1. Alan W
    July 11, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Have you updated your codec's? It used to be a common problem that the sound file extentions were not readable without a codec update.

    • Tony Hathaway
      July 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Well, for some miraculous reason everything is working properly this morning. Last night I could get no dialogue. This morning I am now hearing dialogue. Since I didn't make any changes between last night and this morning I don't know what happened. But I'm not complaining. Thanks Bruce, Hovsep and Alan for your inputs! Hopefully this problem won't reappear.

  2. Hovsep A
    July 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Follow Bruce E suggestion, also maybe your speaker audio is is set to play 5.1 surround and you have to change to stereo!

  3. Bruce E
    July 10, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Check the default Language Settings in your media player software. If you are using Windows Media Player, go to File - Tools - Options. Click on the DVD tab, then the Default... button in the Language Settings section. Make sure the audio option is set to Title Default and try your DVD again. There should be similar settings in other video player software as well.

    • Anthony Hathaway
      July 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      I followed your instructions and everything checks out as you outlined. Still no sound, but thanks for responding.