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post #31 of 132 Old 04-12-2011, 01:43 AM
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I unfortunately have to use midnight mode :-( live in an apartment. with a neighbor who has an annoying habit of banging on his ceiling/my floor whenever the sub kicks in.

sound travels sooooo easily in these apartments. i can hear someone two homes down. smh
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With all the features now a days on AV Receivers, TV, Etc, you find a lot of modes they can use for audio. Seeing that our last poll shows most are using standard 5.1 speaker setup, we thought we would ask a question on one mode in particular based on audio.

Do you; or would you; use a late night listing mode if you had it?

(Late Night Mode = Dynamic range control ( or Night mode) enables you to reduce peak volume levels (no loud surprises) while experiencing all the details in the soundtrack, enabling late-night viewing of high- energy surround sound without disturbing others.)

This poll will close on 4/25/11

A lot of receivers already have this(for the past couple years) mode it even says in the users guide it can be used for late night or quiet time listening. Where have you buys been.

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I don't have TV, so it is of no use to me......

Are you serious?

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I have a midnight mode but it seems to create a heavier low-end at any volume,also the dynamics of a soundtrack are supposed to suffer.I have used it unknowingly after leaving it on,without really noticing that i had.IMO its another selling point,not necessarily a gimmic.It would be a small asset for extremely low listening volumes,but far from a necessity.As i use a direct stream most of the time,it would be only late at night that i would use it as my neigbour goes out very early in the morning.

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DRC kills the depth of imaging in multichannel music recordings.

Are we talking DRC or late/midnight mode,maybe they have simular effects,im not exactly sure.

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I voted yes. I have a 15-month-old who goes to sleep at 8:00pm. I can also see the TV commercial use, though I mute commercials myself. I certainly don't use the late night mode for reference viewing.
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What?!?! Man, I use this all the time!

I have a 21-mth old little girl who's in bed by 8. DRC/night mode is awesome for controlling the peaks and keeping the movie/tv show enjoyable.

When she's awake, or not home, I can play as loud as I want, and I wouldn't consider a late night mode.

I don't understand the "why would I buy all this equipment just to..." types of answers. I'd think we all could appreciate why some people would need it even if we didn't.

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User selectable, variable dynamic range compression is something I've used and enjoyed (judiciously) since the late 1970's, originally via a dbx 117, along with its complimentary expansion capability (in some applications).

It somewhat mimicked the main advantage of the digital technology that was to come almost a decade later, CD, so it gave me a taste for what the future would bring.

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Have it, don't use it, no kids, live in a single family home and at my age, I need all the volume I can stand

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In my Onkyo 608 i have the dynamic EQ and vol , so i can really lower volume while keeping the basic sounds at a way lower volume. i have tried and used late night but after a year owning this i realized from this question that i have not checked the late nigt option in 8months

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I can understand why other people use it, but I have never used it and probably never will - I live in a house with good separation from neighbors, and I live (mostly ) alone.

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If they made a set of decent wireless headphones at a decent price, then this feature would not be needed. Have you ever priced wireless headphones? Holy moly.
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Another apartment dweller here with thin walls and thin-skinned neighbors who love to bang on my ceiling if the sound gets too loud. After 8:00 PM, "Night Cinema" is the default listening mode on my Yamaha HTR. Without it, I would constantly be adjusting the volume on my receiver which would severely detract from my movie viewing experience. And, to tell the truth, I have come to prefer this mode as I get annoyed myself at sudden peaks in volume levels that have me jumping out of my chair for the remote.
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Luckily, I don't usually need to worry about this. However, in the few times where I have to watch my sound output, I usually just throw on a decent pair of headphones instead. I can see how it would be useful to many people though.
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My Denon has this feature but I won't use it - I simply turn the volume down if necessary.

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Uh, tricky question... I sort of have it. And I would use it, but I prefer to have my PS3 do the decoding, which means the nighttime mode on my Onkyo receiver isn't an option and it doesn't even work with DTS (maybe it's just DTS MA... not sure.) Also, my walls are thick enough to where I don't really worry about bothering the neighbors (thank you concrete walls from the 30s) if I knock the volume down a bit. I don't listen that loud anyways... though I sure would if I WEREN'T in an apartment. Looking forward to the days of homeowning, huge DIY subs and reference levels once again. Well... not really looking forward to the homeowning part
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Looking forward to the days of homeowning, huge DIY subs and reference levels once again. Well... not really looking forward to the homeowning part

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I don't have it but if I did I might start watching The Tonight Show again. I have to constantly adjust the volume to make it bearable.
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Never, i didn't spend thousands of dollars on a sound system not to use it. Our house is large enough that other than possibly my two subs the volume shouldn't bother anyone.
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Have it on my Pioneer VSX -520-K but I have yet to use it. The house isn't attached to anyone else and I just turn the volume down to 40 or the high 30's if the little lady goes to bed.

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My receiver has it, but I never use it.
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I use it for when the wife goes to bed. Using it with The Pacific the other night, clear voices, but the actions scenes were obviously muted to the extent where I knew it wouldnt be an issue. Great feature. Definately wouldnt dream of using it during the daytime though
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why would I use a night mode when my gear, the many gear I have has plenty of amp power. I have tons of amps rating from 200 wpc and higher and sunfire receiver, the latest TGR 401 that rates 200 wpc on all 7 channels and my least power is my already powerful pioneer elite sc 37 at 140 wpc which is already plenty of juice. I have emotiva amps, carver amps, and my electrostats and planars LOVE plenty of JUICE just to drive them, so MIDNIGHT mode is for cheap receivers or cheap systems and not for the BIG BOYS. why have a krell,mcintosh, b&k, parsound, rotel,adcom,outlaw,levinson and the like just to put your system on MIDNIGHT MODE? You won't find midnight mode in high end systems especially dedicated STEREO AUDIOPHILE systems. Definitely not on my many systems. The new sunfire subs and especially the flagship subs of paradigm is ear splitting LAW BREAKING SPL's and wattage that was designed for midnight modes.

Sorry, but WTF are you talking about? (other than bragging by putting your equipment list here)

The very last sentence you wrote clearly indicates that you don't know what midnight mode is.

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A lot of receivers already have this(for the past couple years) mode it even says in the users guide it can be used for late night or quiet time listening. Where have you buys been.

my (now sold) Pioneer Elite VSX-24TX (circa 1998?) have this feature. This feature have been around for AT LEAST a decade!!

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Sorry, but WTF are you talking about? (other than bragging by putting your equipment list here)

The very last sentence you wrote clearly indicates that you don't know what midnight mode is.

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When I was living in a condo with neighbors above, below and on two sides, this was an essential feature and a key factor in my buying decision. Now that I'm living in a house again, I wouldn't even think of using it unless circumstances dictated it.
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I use it, but I can't tell if it makes that much difference. I'll use anything to placate my girlfriend's hyper-sensitive ears and need for total control over her sleep environment. Me? I taught myself to go to sleep listening to Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music while laying on a hard floor.
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I voted no but I guess I could see a use for it. Personally though, I don't need it and don't have it on any of my equipment.
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........ Using it with The Pacific the other night, clear voices, but the actions scenes were obviously muted .......
Not to get too far off track here but I'm currently watching this movie over my Laptop. Good movie. Is the sound any good in a HT?
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I probably would have used it when my kids were little but not now that I have built a home theater and the kids are in high school

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