Originally Posted by cnowels
The auto-leveling is not a priority for me. My setup is a home theater
. It is for movies. I don't really watch TV so commercials are not a problem. Maybe that's what the manufacturers anticipate their market to be - movie and audio buffs that also pipe some TV signals through it as an afterthought.
Volume leveling is not just for loud analog commercials. It helps tremendously with movies.
If you have anyone in the house who is sensitive to loud volumes(Wife, Child, Neighbor, Dog,.etc) then Volume Leveling should be a priority. The dynamic range of True-HD and DTS-MA is huge. Low whispering is just that, VERY low. Loud explosions are just that, VERY LOUD. You will never find a happy volume with the new Blu-ray discs. It will always have parts that are too quiet and other parts that are too loud.
In comes volume leveling. If it is done properly then it will level all frequencies to a single volume level. It will not boost center channel or reduce Bass. It will just adjust all audio from every speaker to the same level. This is what Yamaha's new ADRC does and it does it for every digital signal(ie: optical input, co-axial input, HDMI input, DD, DTS, DD+, DTS-MA, LPCM,2 channel, 5.1, 7.1).
To take it even further the affect of ADRC is reduced as you increase the receiver's volume. As you get closer to reference levels the affect of ADRC is almost totally eliminated giving you the sound as it was originally recorded.
ADRC also does not affect analog signals which is great for me. If I want to totally and completely eliminate ADRC all I have to do is switch to the 7.1 analog inputs.
ADRC works perfectly and I wouldn't trade it for anything else. Now I can watch movies at night with the full frequency response from each speaker without worry about waking the family. And with one press of the volume button(or multi-channel analog button) I can listen to the full Glory of Lossless audio when the family goes out the door.