I thank my DVR everyday for freeing me from the trouble of having to watch commercials. I DVR everything so I don’t have to watch those commercials, but on occasion I end up with no recorded content to watch and am forced to watch commercials for a while.
The thing that really bothers me is that the commercials are often a lot louder than the show you are watching and sometimes there can be a huge difference in volume between channels. GefenTV has a new device called the Auto Volume Stabilizer that will ensure the volume is consistent across sources, channels, and on commercials.
The device plugs into your wall outlet and connects in between your source device and your sound system. It then stabilizes the volume seamlessly; you never know it is working according to GefenTV. You can press a bypass button to let the audio come out in its original form. The device has optical and analog inputs and can be purchased now for $179.