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[quote=Phil Hightech]CBS has always been too loud, you think they would have adjusted it by now. ]
It seems impossible that CBS is not aware of their high audio level. As someone posted here a few days ago, they must like it that way.
I went as far as contacting the Dolby Rep from the NYC area to try and get all the area broadcasters to standardize their audio levels. ( Dolby makes the digital audio encoders used at all the stations) He was well aware of the situation and was going to arrange a meeting to discuss the problem with the local station engineers. That was almost a year ago, and there has been absolutely no change!
Part of the problem lies in the way that the DTV audio levels are set. According to the Dolby AC-3 standard which is incorporated into the ATSC system, audio level is actually encoded into the program data stream by the program producer. That means that basically the producer of a program or commercial can make his dialog audio level as loud as he wants, with the broadcaster having only limited ability to adjust the level.
So, it may not actually be up to the local station to determine how loud his audio sounds to the DTV viewer. I am curious whether the high CBS audio level is actually being set by the network feed, and if the local station has no choice but to broadcast it as received.