Originally Posted by OMRSC
Here's something else I would like to see: the inclusion of a variable "loudness" compensation feature similar to that provided by Yamaha and Mcintosh back in the '70s and '80s.
Originally Posted by Nick @ Anthem
Or, turn on Dolby Volume and set Leveler to 0. The loudness contour remains and is continually optimized according to input level and playback volume. Loud passage played loudly gets the least amount of contour because it needs it least. Soft passage played at low volume gets the most because it needs it most. Everything else goes between accordingly. This is what sets DSP loudness controls apart from traditional ones.
(I also used to have an 80s Yamaha receiver and like many users was always fussing with the contour amount depending on how softly I was playing music that hour.)
Thanks for the feedback, Nick, but I'm not sure we're discussing the same thing. Let me elaborate.
I've read Anthem's explanations for Dolby Volume
and Volume Leveler
functions, as well as Dolby's explanations on their website, and it's my understanding that these features primarily concern themselves with reducing wild extremes in volumes between various sources/programs (i.e., Dolby provides relatively equal volumes) while still maintaining high/low frequency balances of the original source material as intended by the sound engineers/producers/etc (at something near reference levels). Is my understanding correct?
I do use Anthem's Dolby features for TV (and, IMO, there should be a "standard" for volume levels for all broadcasters, especially for those annoying commercials), and I find it effective and useful. I'll occasionally use it while watching movies late at night and, again, it works fine. However, and since I'm a 90% "music" guy, I've never tried it for that. Soooo...it appears I need to play around with it a little.
Further, my mention of variable "loudness" compensation
(the Yamaha & Mcintosh) dealt specifically with music, and its effects on the tonal balance, not the volume levels (though they are inter-related to some extent and I had total control
of the volume). In the "good ole days" of early amps and receivers, most OEMs offered this feature via a push-button or switch...either ON or OFF...and since it was (mostly) a "fixed" amount, there was no degree of "in-between". While I could adequately/enjoyably control the tonality of the sound via the Bass and Treble controls, the inclusion of a potentiometer for loudness compensation provided the variability
and control that allowed me to fine-tune my system regardless of overall volume. As I mentioned, this was the feature that convinced me to exchange a Marantz 3800 pre-amp for the Mcintosh C27 (and damn if I don't miss my Mac!).
Understand that I'm not being critical of Anthem in any manner as I couldn't be more pleased with my 310...just that a variable feature would probably interest me greatly should I ever decide to upgrade at some point in the future.
Comments and suggestions are always appreciated...from everyone.