Originally Posted by SOCCERrebel5
Do you have experience with Audyssey Dynamic EQ?? What did you think of it? How specifically does THX Loudness Plus compare? Does THX Loudness Plus work on all sources including music? ...I know that Dynamic Range Control (DRC) is a form of volume control... how does this work?...
I'll give this a try....
Personally, I have no experience with Audyssey, but rudolpht has some, so maybe he can address that part of your questions. And I have not tried THX Loudness Plus yet since I normally do not apply THX processing to my decoded audio, but according to the manual...
"THX Loudness Plus is a new volume control technology featured in THX Ultra2 Plus™ and THX Select2 Plus™ Certified receivers. With THX Loudness Plus, home theater audiences can now experience the rich details in a surround mix at any volume level. A consequence of turning the volume below Reference Level is that certain sound elements can be lost or perceived differently by the listener. THX Loudness Plus compensates for the tonal and spatial shifts that occur when the volume is reduced by intelligently adjusting ambient surround channel levels and frequency response. This enables users to experience the true impact of soundtracks regardless of the volume setting. THX Loudness Plus is automatically applied when listening in any THX listening mode. The new THX Cinema, THX Music, and THX Games modes are tailored to apply the proper THX Loudness Plus settings for each type of content"
I think it would be similar to Audyssey's dynamic EQ in compensating freq response & phase information at low volume levels.
I can answer your question on DRC. In lay terms, what it does is make loud sounds softer & soft sounds louder to reduce the differences in volume between the loudest & softest sounds in the soundtrack. It works dynamically, so if all you have is dialog, it will not alter the sound, but as soon as loud music or sound effects start in along with dialog, it compresses the sound so dialog will not be lost. Again, normally I don't use it, preferring to hear what's on the disc unaltered. But I do use on occasion on movies with bombastic soundtracks since my wife has hearing loss & it helps her (me too
). When I do use it, I just set it to MAX for her benefit. Action & LOTR type movies can benefit if you don't like huge differences in sound levels, but with something like dramas - I wouldn't bother.
If you decide to try it, start with MID and if you still find you are still turning volume up & down a lot for your taste, try the MAX setting. It **might** help with commercials, but frankly I just hit MUTE & be done with it
All of the mfgs, Denon, Pioneer, Yamaha, Onkyo, Marantz, have very similar features on compensating for lower volumes. They may use different marketing buz words, but they all do similar things. In your case, I'd be trying Loudness Plus 1st, then DRC, followed by midnite & std loudness controls in that order. With Loudness Plus & THX engaged, you shouldn't need std. bass loudness turned on.
Hope this helps.