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post #61 of 132
never had, probably never will
post #62 of 132
this mode i have yet to see in context of an avr implementation, though from a dvd player standpoint i use regularly, can't say there is much difference between listening modes though, sometimes pending on soundtrack night mode sounds better..
post #63 of 132
I have it and never use it.
post #64 of 132
I have the Audyssey dynamic volume on my Denon 2809 and i use it quite frequently when others in the house are sleeping. My HT is on the main level of the house, and carries quite well to all other parts.
I am satisfied with the quality of the sound while using the mode, b/c i have no intentions of "opening up" the AVR if i'm using the Dynamic volume anyhow.
post #65 of 132
I seldom use the midnight setting of DynVol on my system for movies. But because of how my house is designed, there's an open shot from living room to my bedroom, and I play music at night to go to sleep by. I will use the midnight mode to keep wide dynamic range material (read classical stuff) from being too loud for those circumstances. I'll also use it very occasionally if I am the only person awake and I don't want whatever I'm listening to to disturb others . . .
post #66 of 132
I live in an apartment and Dolby Volume is a godsend! I always have it on.

Edited to add: I bought my receiver specifically because it had this feature.
post #67 of 132
Nope! I have it and other than experimenting with it upon familiarizing myself with the receiver when it was new, have never used it. I'd much rather do my own adjustments rather than utilizing some sort of generic "fixed" mode.
post #68 of 132
My Denon receiver also has the Audyssey dynamic volume, but I usually just turn the volume down or use headphones. The sound from my system carries throughout my two story house. So I usually have to wait to crank it up if someone is sleeping/napping. What's sleep anyways?
post #69 of 132
Nope.... Sound doesnt know when the day and nights comes...
post #70 of 132
I have late night listening modes on my Denon, but have never used the feature.
post #71 of 132
I've used my Dynamic Range Control and Night Mode about 3 different times in my life. The audio source for those particular movies/programs was very poor - the dialog was very hard to hear over the loud music, so these things helped greatly. I've also used the 'Clear Voice' option from time to time on things that had dialog that was too low. But, these are rare occurrences, and I watch a lot of movies/shows.

The question was, have we used/would we use such a mode, so yeah. I've never used it for the reasons of not waking anybody up, merely because the music/sound effects were too loud to hear the dialog on some poorly sound-mixed things. DRC/Night Mode/Clear Voice have their uses.
post #72 of 132
I have it and have never used it.

I do have two kids (5 & 8), but it's a fairly large house and the theater is isolated, so it's no issue there. The living room is on a seperate floor from the bedrooms and we don't listen to things in there loud enough to wake them anyway.
post #73 of 132
I've had this on my Onkyo receiver forever. Never used it until a year ago when our first baby was born. Now I use it nightly to try to prevent unexpected volume spikes since my tv is just downstairs from his bedroom.
post #74 of 132
of course we could use a 'late night' volume mode.
all you need to do is lower the FS of the bass. (digitally processed of course)

because listening to the walls shake back and forth at 20hz is much better than hearing the bass run rampant.
the SPL should satisfy lower dB.. and perhaps you would want the 'feature' to work at louder volume levels.

anyways.. i think its the perfect compromise for both the listener and the person in another room trying to fall asleep (or remain asleep).

i even have the perfect song to use for an example:
artist - ludacris
song - blueberry yum yum

if you want a cheap option/alternative..
run a tone generator at 20hz while listening to music.
if the SPL is high enough, it can make the bass punches less apparent.. but there is a chance the punch is added to the outward throw of the 20hz soundwave, and that can actually make the punch louder.

lowering the FS is the only alternative.
if you are listening to something with obnoxious dynamic range.. you should already be using a limiter (not to be confused with a compressor).
post #75 of 132
Yep... I use night mode late at night when I'm watching a movie and my family is asleep. Does a pretty good job of toning down the high dynamic passages while maintaining a decent volume level.
post #76 of 132
Don't have it but can't say that i would or wouldn't use it. I just turn down the bass when listening to music late at night.
post #77 of 132
I do use Audyssey on my Denon 2309 as well as the dynamic volume (loudness leveler) and multiEQ for both commercials and because my kids go to bed early. Its defeateble but should be an option on every receiver or pre/pro. Its actually a limiting factor on some of the botique brand receiver and pre/pros I'm looking at upgrading to (Emotiva, Rotel, NAD).

I also don't understand these reviewers who state "I turned on X movie mode, it worked and sounded great and made the bass tighter, treble airier and music more cohesive...so, of course I turned it off for the rest of the review...what?!? The idea is to hear the receiver at its best...that you want to hear the receiver at is uncalibrated state is bogus (especially when its designed to calibrate itself). That's just like buying a projector or TV and watching it on DYNAMIC store mode for the entire review (which has not been done in the recorded history of TV reviewing I think). Further, maybe you should compare an Audyssey receiver against a non-Audyssey receiver...if the Audyssey receiver spanks the other one maybe the botique manufacturer will take the cue and upgrade the receiver in the future.

For those stating they are purists and anything but passthrough changes the sound, sorry, but unless you listen in a recording/mixing studio the same size with the same treatments you are already changing the sound.

Just listen to it in whatever way is most enjoyable to you...
post #78 of 132
Quote:
Originally Posted by anwaypasible View Post

of course we could use a 'late night' volume mode.
all you need to do is lower the FS of the bass. (digitally processed of course)

because listening to the walls shake back and forth at 20hz is much better than hearing the bass run rampant.
the SPL should satisfy lower dB.. and perhaps you would want the 'feature' to work at louder volume levels.

anyways.. i think its the perfect compromise for both the listener and the person in another room trying to fall asleep (or remain asleep).

i even have the perfect song to use for an example:
artist - ludacris
song - blueberry yum yum

if you want a cheap option/alternative..
run a tone generator at 20hz while listening to music.
if the SPL is high enough, it can make the bass punches less apparent.. but there is a chance the punch is added to the outward throw of the 20hz soundwave, and that can actually make the punch louder.

lowering the FS is the only alternative.
if you are listening to something with obnoxious dynamic range.. you should already be using a limiter (not to be confused with a compressor).

Cutting the bass will not work with significantly dynamic content. IConsider a recording of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. The first movement is very very quiet. About as quietly as you can get a piano to make noise. The second movement begins with the pianist pounding the piano about as hard as possible. So if I have the opening set so I can reasonably hear at least the high points (if not all the hall sound) at say 55 or 60 dB, movement 2 kicks in at maybe 80 dB. It doesn't have to be in the bass for it to travel within my house and disturb others.

FWIW, if I had a well isolated listening area, I likely would never use dynamic control except maybe for bedtime "listening."
post #79 of 132
I don't use it, but that's primarily due to my current living situation. I can certainly envision cases where it'd be useful to have.
post #80 of 132
I use my Marantz AVR's AudysseyEQ Dynamic Volume Control on Medium or High for late night viewing.
post #81 of 132
I think I used it once or twice when I lived in my attached condo... but after that I just turned the gain down on the subwoofer if I was watching a movie late at night - had pretty much the same effect.

In the new house - I don't worry about it. I just turn the volume down a bit if the wife is going to bed before me.
post #82 of 132
I have small kids and shudder at the thought of finally getting them to bed, only to have them wake up in the middle of a movie...
post #83 of 132
Have it on my receiver, but don't use it ever. I built a dedicated HT and spent much effort to keep sound in the room.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out and can blast the doors off at nearly 120dB at will and not disturb others.
post #84 of 132
Yep, every day, every AVR we have bought came with it so i just assume they all do, but didn't really look for it........
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Susilo View Post
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.
rofl, i was wondering if anyone was going to respond to that
post #85 of 132
I live in a condo with dreadfully ambiguous sound rules - totally subjective. This empowers the neighbors to call noise complaints at all hours over volume levels that I simply cannot understand. As a result, I use night mode to try to maximize my uninterrupted listening, even if it does thoroughly ruin the sound.

When I finally move out at the end of the summer, and have the "we have to finish all the alcohol party" I think I will ignore them until the police show up.

I should add that it's one set of neighbors who call in noise complaints on everyone with an adjoining unit. I live in a building full of seniors. No problems with any of them. It's the yuppies...

End grumble.
post #86 of 132
I use wireless headphones for personal or late night home theater. That way I do not disturb my wife, who likes to read or watch Letterman. Plus I like the truly great sound that only headphones can provide.
post #87 of 132
Yes, we have to do this at night since the kids' bedrooms are both adjacent to the wall of our great room. When we built the house I wish I'd thought ahead and insulated the wall between the vaulted part of the great room and their bedrooms. The Onkyo AVR I have has three settings for this: off / low / high. I can never remember if high is lower volume or low is lower volume or if high is higher bass suppression and low lower bass suppression
post #88 of 132
My old Yamaha HTR 5830 had it and i used it. My new RX-V667 does not have one. Living in a condo using night mode it was my way of attempting to be nice seeing as i am a night owl. It allowed me a little more volume with a little less boom to still enjoy my system late at night. Now im just not as nice because i still enjoy my system, just be glad you dont live around me.
post #89 of 132
"modes" and other gimmicks on receivers, tvs, etc are usually based on a standard setting that the item just self adjusts too...like lowering the volume to a certain number. This blanket approach to late night listening assumes everyone listens the same way. My tv viewing area shares a common wall with my master bedroom, so my night listening mode is probably lower than others.
post #90 of 132
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kingcarcas View Post

Yep, every day, every AVR we have bought came with it so i just assume they all do, but didn't really look for it........

rofl, i was wondering if anyone was going to respond to that

HEy I like the bragging can U do some more ?
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