Originally Posted by Vidop
As you, I have a few hundred BR's. I have the Copper Edition that I pre-ordered a few months ago direct from the A.S. site. The audio level of the "extras" portion coincides with other BR's that I have. So, I would have to say that it is the actual movie audio level (on this disc) that is not the norm, not the "extras" section. I play the "extras" section at ~-13 on my AVR (~+62 db). As I previously mentioned, I have to play the movie at 0 (+75 db) just to have an average audio level. Let me know when you have tried comparing the two sections of the disc. Thanks for the response.
OK, so I just tried this again.
To try to make my experience more consistent with yours, I used my Oppo 93 Blu-ray player, instead of my Panasonic 310. The Oppo is hooked up by HDMI to my Denon 4311 receiver. I am bitstreaming audio. My receiver confirms that I am listening to the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. I am using the Audyssey (not Audyssey Flat) curve in the receiver. Dynamic EQ is on (0 dB Reference Level Offset), but Audyssey Dynamic Volume is off.
My results remain the same. Although it is entirely subjective, I am still comfortable with my usual default Blu-ray disc volume level of -9 dB when watching the beginning of the film. Using my SPL app in my iPhone (who knows how accurate it is?), I am getting volume levels in the general range of 77-85 dB at my listening position during the plane chase in the first scene. I tried turning my receiver up to 0 dB at this point, but it was too loud for my ears.
I also tried the first "extra" - Behind the Scenes of Atlas Shrugged II. As in your experience, what I watched of the extra (just a couple of minutes) was louder than the movie. I'd say about 3 dB louder. I was comfortable listening to it with a volume setting of -12 dB. This seems consistent with your setting of -13 dB for the extras with your AVR.
So, I can't explain why your disc's movie volume level seems to be significantly lower than mine. As I mentioned, I just have the "plain Jane" Fox version of the Blu-ray, while you said you have the fancy "d'Anconia copper" version. I would think that both versions of the Blu-ray would be the same. It would certainly be disheartening to know that the fancy version of the disc has a problem that the garden-variety version doesn't have.
I've attached a photo of my Blu-ray disc so that you can compare it to yours. Sorry for the iPhone photo quality, but I think it's clear enough for you to tell whether its appearance differs from yours.
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