Originally Posted by QuiGonJosh
The manual didn't state that if it was set to off that it would or wouldn't be on if the player was set on PCM. The manual wasn't clear about that. Thanks.
Here's the deal: Dynamic Range Control is applied at the point that the Bitstream audio is decoded into LPCM (i.e., based on meta-data present in the Bitstream).
The Analog outs have to include a decode -- the Bitstream has to be decoded into LPCM before the DACs can convert it to Analog. And of course if you set LPCM output for the Digital outs, then that too involves a decode of the Bitstream for the Digital outs.
So with LPCM output, the DRC setting applies to both the Digital and Analog outs. With Bitstream output, the DRC setting is ignored for the Digital outs because the decoding of the Bitstream happens in the AVR. There is likely a similar setting in the AVR applying there.
Note that there's a potential gotcha here: I've not actually tested this. If you set Bitstream output and ALSO have Secondary Audio ON, and if the Blu-ray disc is authored with Secondary Audio anywhere on the disc (whether or not you have actually selected to listen to it using the disc's menus), then the player is required by the Blu-ray certification rules to decode the Bitstream -- so that Secondary Audio mixing *MIGHT* happen. The resulting LPCM -- after mixing if that too is happening -- then gets converted BACK into a Bitstream for output. So here's a case where you have a decode happening for the Digital outs even though you have Bitstream set.
(The Rule of Thumb is to leave Secondary Audio OFF if you are listening to Bitstream output unless you actually want to listen to a Secondary Audio feature on the disc. For LPCM and Analog output, it is safe to leave Secondary Audio ON.)
All of the above has to do with whether or not the DRC setting is even applied. If you have the DRC set to OFF, then it does nothing -- regardless.