Originally Posted by dazkyl
All speakers are set to 75dB at reference and i listen about -10.00dB or -5.00dB , sometimes even at reference volume.
not sure you understand what reference is, but at reference, the dialog should be exactly however effin loud the mixer and director and producers decided it should be. there are precisely zero rules about how loud dialog should be. In my experience, dialog in V for Vendetta ran around 77 dB. IIRC, dialog in the versions of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies I have or rented ran around 81 or 82 dB.
See, the beauty of having a reference volume is, at reference, everything is however loud the mixers mixed it to be. The mixers, with input from everybody who gets input, still get to decide. So while some folks will say dialog is at 85 dB they are simply wrong. Frequent contributor and actual Hollywood movie mixer FilmMixer, for example, said they put the dialog very low in the Pacific episode(s) he mixed to make it sound like it would if you were really in that environment. IOW, you could not actually understand all the dialog. On purpose! Art.
BTW, reference is defined as 85 dB per speaker (surrounds excluded) with a bandwidth limited pink noise signal encoded at -20 dBFS, and after purchasers freaked out at how loud 85 dB was during setup, home systems use the mathematically and audibly identical 75 dB with a signal encoded at -30 dBFS.