Summary: I can't hear word one on this TV when there is any competing background noise (fan, AC, etc.) and I have excellent hearing. I've tried tweaking the audio controls, but nothing helps. If you live in the vacuum of outer space, this is the TV for you, but in a city environment I'd say skip it and get one that you can actually turn up loud if you wish. the only audio output is digital, so hooking it up to an amplifier over 5 years old is out.