LOL - I see you guys have been having fun without me. Thank you all, for participating.
Rather than quote everyone, I'll just try to answer the points you've all raised.1)
It's not that I "didn't want to", or overlooked the Audyssey setup... I simply didn't have the unit's Microphone to do it until yesterday at 02:00am.2)
"DTS Has way too much Dynamic range..." yep, that's what I said, out of context. What I said was that in choosing DTS, the industry abandoned the Dynamic Range controls inherent to all the implimentations of Dolby Digital. The lack of consideration of this feature leaves me with too much dynamic range for the vast majority of my listening situations. Had Dolby HD been chosen, I would not have any issue - but the industry putting out Blu-Ray media has apparently gone DTS. Hence my frustration.3)
Some have taken my meaning to be that I'm "Dising the DTS format". I suppose I am, because it did not include this consideration from the git-go.4)
You might rightfully criticize me for not taking issue with equipment manufacturers for failing to provide us with compression in their products to deal with the wonderful technology that is DTS. Ok, I plead guilty to that one.5)
I was hoping someone would pick up on the apparent contradiction in my preference for preservation of the "Original Artist's" concept. (Thank you arnyk) By that I mean, for film at least, the director. My hope for most Blu-Rays is that the media preserve to the maximum possible extent (within the capacity of the media) the original theatrical experience.6)
Unfortunately, I can't use the full (range) theatrical audio all the time
. The home situation demands something extra - something that used to be there, but no longer is because of the exclusive selection of DTS. It's there if I want French, or Spanish, but not the original language I paid for - english. (in my case)7)
...Idiots? Sorry, there are no idiots in this thread... yet. Everyone is expressing an opinion, owning their POV and doing so in good faith and with passion. That is what I invited, and that's what I'm getting. I need to take responsibility for my delivery of the message if it doesn't measure up to what I mean.
So why did I start a thread about the issue of "HT Dynamic Range Considerations" and not an "I hate DTS" thread? Because I was hoping to learn how others are handling the issue of Dynamic Range, and to see if there were others out there like myself. What I hear some of you saying is that Audyssey is sufficient for those of you who use it. Still, I'm a little surprised no one has yet responded with some level of agreement. Oh well.
As of this writing, you'll be pleased to know that I've performed several Audyssey setups on the system, and played with the results.
Indeed, there is a noticeable difference - as many of you knew there would be. However, it seems this unit does not in fact have Dynamic Volume
, only Dynamic EQ
. My friend's new unit has both, so I'll be able to experiment with his to see if the combination is sufficient. Apparently Onkyo thinks the Dynamic Volume
feature was worth adding to their product. I wonder why?...
In the meantime, I've arrived at a compromise which seems to get pretty close. The combination of Dynamic EQ
and Dolby Digital Bitstream Re-encode
(in the BD player) seems to work, provided I adjust receiver levels so that an indicated volume of -10db
provides a good sound level in the room and I don't use THX listening modes. I still have a number of subjective evaluations to do, but the "Fog Horn on the Suez" described in a previous post, no longer "wakes the dead".