Originally Posted by dboy
Currently we end up having to hold the remote half the time and constantly adjust volume, or sometimes we turn on the CC just to be able to understand the dialog.
Who currently does the best (strongest?) dynamic range compressions? I want to keep the dialog volume up so we can hear, but keep the loud parts down. I know, that's a sucky way to watch, but it's what we've got currently.
Any comments on any of the various brands' versions of this?
Our solution to this conundrum was to buy a new center channel in the form of a Klipsch, RC-64 II. The synergy between the Marantz, SR5007 and the RC-64 II cured most of what you ask. In the final, even with the best of receivers and matched speaker systems, THX theater reference level sound mixing standards rule the listening experience. The point, no matter what you do, even with the best compression algorithms, there isn't a perfect solution as that's the way movie sound tracks are mixed; impact explosions and gun fire mixed with whispers as one group sneaks up on another.
FWIW, we have our AVR set to:
Home Theater EQ > Off.
Dynamic Compression > Medium.
Dynamic EQ > On.
Center Channel LPF > 60Hz
As it is, Audyssey has the center channel turned down -11.5dB. The point, we have plenty of room to work with should we decide we need the center channel louder vs it's current settings. Set in this fashion, works to keep both my wife and I happy with me wanting more, not less. Also, one needs to mention that compression algorithms have changed/advanced and if your system isn't fully decoding what's happening, one will be losing out.
Hope the above helps with your nighttime viewing dilemma.