Strangely enough, I had the DRC setting already on Auto. You mentioned there being a tv setting and the only thing I hadn't tried was volume equalizer. On my older Plasma, it literally made a world of difference. The volume went up dramatically. I only need set it to +4 and +3 would have been fine too.
So, I thought this was solved and went to the newer plasma (Panny s60 series) to do the same thing. However, the same setting had only minimal changes to the sound. Yes, it got louder, but not by a whole lot and the change wasn't nearly as dramatic as it was with the other, older Panasonic. It's like the newer Panny, despite great reviews, isn't as good as my 4 year old one. It's just bigger.
I just don't get it. I thought I had a breakthrough and now I'm exhausted because it didn't work the same on both units. It makes me wonder again if there is some setting that I'm missing, because I can't figure out why the very same setting had such very different results between 2 different Panasonics.
Sony makes their BD audio settings so difficult. I have 3 models and the setting screen is different for all 3. Ugh.
PS-This issue is the same when I stream. I understood that bds and dvds need this DRC setting, but why would streaming from Netflix or Vudu? Thx.