Why did NBC's music hit The Voice sound so strange last night?
It was something that sent me rooting through my home stereo for about 15 minutes Tuesday, searching for the place where my connections went wrong.
The sound for NBC's unscripted singing competition The Voice was hollow and odd, sounding like a bizarre echo or reverb effect was placed on the entire audio track (a friend in the entertainment business wondered if the network hadn't broadcast an alternate audio feed instead of the actual signal intended).
Originally, I wondered if my home stereo equipment was causing the problem, but other channels sounded fine. When I watched the show this morning on my office DVR, the same audio problem surfaced. Turns out, other fans noticed the problems with sound -- some said it was a problem predating Tuesday's live performance show -- and a spokesman for the cable company Bright House Networks confirmed that the sound problems originated with NBC's signal.
A spokeswoman for NBC had no specific comment, saying she was still researching the problem.
Which leads to an interesting question: If the sound for NBC's The Voice really sounded that bad throughout the whole episode across the country, why didn't more fans complain?
For me, the sound issues ruined an otherwise impressive set of performances by most of the eight singers vying to reach the contests' next level. From bald, 40something singer Beverly McClellan's take on The Thrill is Gone (she sounded a lot like Annie Lennox) to shaggy phenom Nakia's take on Adam Lambert's Whataya Want From Me (coach Adam Levine sparked a Twitter war by saying his singer's take was better than Lambert's original), the efforts were grand and well-done. Except for the audio.
Bright House spokesman Joe Durkin said he had no idea if NBC would resolve its audio problems in time for tonight's live results episode -- delayed from a planned 8 p.m. start by the president's speech on Afghanistan.
"They've been working on fixing it," he said of NBC. "We won't know until showtime."
Maybe it's part of a new strategy to bring viewers back to NBC; see if they get it right this time!