Originally Posted by Viper187
Does the 103/103D have dynamic range compression and does it work well? To me, the dynamic range on movies is just ridiculous at this point. I can sit here all day watching 24 and not even touch the remote, but pop in a movie like The Condemned and I can't hear the dialog at all unless I crank it way up and get blasted by the SFX (along with the rest of the house).
Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau
^ It does have a Dynamic Range Control setting which, when enabled, use the meta-data included in Bitstream audio tracks. That gets applied when the track is decoded -- i.e., when using either Analog output or HDMI LPCM output. If you use HDMI Bitstream output then the decoding happens in your AVR and you need to look for a comparable setting there.
I prefer to leave the DRC off as some films have bogus data which results in anemic bass.
If you have volume balance problems, the first thing to do is check your speaker levels with a calibration disc and a Sound Pressure Level meter. You may very well have your Sub set too hot. Also check your Crossover. A Crossover much above 80Hz will shift male voices into the Sub and make them harder to hear.
I know exactly what he's talking about. The dynamic range of some stuff is so wide these days.
If you want to listen to some movies at moderate levels, it can be almost impossible to hear quiet scenes and dialog.
(and I calibrate my system all the time while testing and tweaking so I know it's not out of sync. not right now anyway.)
I have tried the DRC in the player to tame that on occasion, but it doesn't seem strong enough to make much difference.
I also usually leave mine set to off for normal listening.
I am not currently running my system through an AVR, so I haven't checked that, but most of them do have it Viper,
and it may be more aggressive than the option in the player that is catered more toward meta data usage.
I don't have an issue with it though when I listen at high volume levels for the ultimate home theater experience.
Like Viper said, it is because some of the newer soundtracks are extremely dynamic. Almost too much so.