I am usually alone on this these things but I must start a thread about it. Sometime between the end of the Giants last season and the start of this one, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area has installed a massive amount of audio processing that completely ruins the game. To me, it is completely unlistenable. The crowd noise is pulled up to maximum volume at all times -- you can't tell the difference between a pitching change and a grand slam -- the excitement never dies down. This is ear pollution of the highest order. The games are not being MIXED this way, because the highlights on MLB.TV sound fine. In fact, I ended up dropping $125 for MLB.TV (even though I already have MLB/EI) just so I can watch these games without this butchering of the audio. It is SO much better -- I can relax and watch the game instead of feeling like my nerves are inside a blender. I can't believe they can do this and nobody complains. I HAVE complained, as have a few friends. I would urge anyone else who is irritated by this to go to their website, csnbayarea.com, click the "contact" link and send them a note. This is crazy and has to be stopped. ** To be clear, this isn't a DirecTV problem -- it's an issue from the provider.