Originally Posted by videojanitor
Thanks for doing that. I hope it does some good. FYI, the problem isn't related to dialnorm -- that's just a value that is transmitted to let the receiver know where to get the gain -- this is wholesale COMPRESSING of the audio. Doesn't matter what the dialnorm value is, it will still sound bad. It also doesn't matter if you listen in 5.1, stereo, or mono. All are impacted.
I just tried what Ken H does with FOX RSNs as noted above, which CSNBA used to be and basically must still be technology-wise as going to an analog, or PCM output from my TiVo instead of a DD signal helps a whole lot, it opens it up much more, I'm actually getting content out of the surrounds whereas before I was getting hardly anything. It's still compressed, and gives you that pressure on the eardrum feeling, but it is definitely better. The announcers stand out a bit more from the crowd noise as well.
Changed the reference to dialnorm in the local thread. I had assumed it was dialnorm related as KPIX runs a difference setting than KNTV does which is set correctly and results in a very dynamic sounding audio experience as opposed to KPIX. This dialnorm setting has been discussed here in the past although I don't recall the particular thread it was in.