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Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: San Bruno, California
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I know you're complaining about the mixes, and honestly I want to help you as best as possible.
But if I am to be more honest, the makeshift setup isn't very easy to work with. It could explain the imbalance between films. No, not all films will be balanced equally. I myself even have balance problems in my own bedroom, in that if somebody is downstairs or trying to sleep, they'll ask me to turn down one of my action movies, so I have to fluctuate the volume. That is simply a matter of explosions/collisions/music getting very loud during moments. It never drowns out the dialogue so to speak, but things just get loud. The range truly is on a large decibel spectrum. So these Blu-rays are made exactly as intended, and DTS versus Dolby should not be the difference that makes this happen. I think it's just luck of the draw that you notice it that way, almost as if it's a placebo effect.
I'm assuming those speakers are satellites as a part of an HTiB (home theater in a box), which means lowering the subwoofer crossover frequency to 80Hz will just result in clipping because your center and fronts probably can't handle that range. So lowering it is out. If anything, you might want to raise it to 150Hz or 200Hz. It might throw all of your other settings off, but doing that and then lowering your sub just a little bit might help out slightly.
Another suggestion, although wonky and not truly understanding of how your room is set up, is to reconfigure everything in that room. Look, I understand... I lived in dorms for five years, and have had the craziest of setups just to make things work. But the thing is, I rearranged my furniture for the sake of the system, not the other way around. I don't think you're helping yourself out much by the way that your system is set up. I'm not saying that insultingly, I'm saying that to help you out.
If you could, might you possibly be able to list specific movies that you are having trouble with hearing dialogue, next to specific movies where dialogue is perfect throughout the entire film? I know you mentioned Jurassic Park, but they specifically mixed that stuff to be loud.
I guess the real question I have is whether your complaint is that you can't hear dialogue, or that things get very loud. If things get very loud, hey... that's an uncompressed audio mix that's intended to be impactful. That's just how it works, and there isn't any changing that. You can help alleviate it by minimizing dynamic range on your BD player and your receiver (check out how that affects The Dark Knight), but it doesn't always seem to work. If your complaint is that dialogue is actually getting drowned out during an action scene, I don't know how else to help you other than to say that your system setup just really isn't doing you any favors the way that I see it.
I hope some of this makes sense. Try and follow up if you can.
Living Room: Samsung PN60F8500 PDP / Anthem MRX 720 / Klipsch RC-62 II / Klipsch RF-82 II (x2) / SVS PC13-Ultra / Sony MDR-7506 Professional / Sony PS3 / DirecTV HR44-500 / DarbeeVision DVP-5000 Darblet / Panamax M5400-PM / miniDSP UMIK‑1 USB
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