just curious, do native English speaker manage to hear every single word in a movie even when they are whispering in that scene?
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Yeah, sort of... The problem is that sound in movies these days has a very wide dynamic range - so the loud bits are louder and the quiet bits are quieter (both compared to older movies and to television) - making it difficult to hear quiet whispers without turning the volume up so high that louder noises become deafening. Watching movies at home on DVD or Blu-ray makes it even worse, due to the difference in the acoustics between a small front room and a big cinema. You need to use a player with a feature called "dynamic range compression", which will even out the volumes.
Unfortunately, it's just one of those annoying trends - music is becoming louder and louder at the expense of quality ( link ), and most modern hifi systems / headphones have a greatly exaggerated bass and treble response that drowns out the midrange.