Originally Posted by Spottedfeather
No. It IS the mix. I can listen to TrueHD just fine. The dialogue is loud enough without being crowded out by the effects with TrueHD. But there is just something strange about DTS-HD Master Audio.
sorry, there's just not the codec. Unless the person encoding into DTS-HDMA messes up, what gets into the codec is what was mixed on the mixing stage (or remastered elsewhere). Moreover, neither the codec nor the person in charge of the encoding can change the levels of items like the dialog in the mix. Once it's mixed into a channel, the channel is what it is. There's not a way to turn up the sound of a lawnmower in the center channel if there are 10 other sounds there at the same time. Their volume controls are just like yours and turn up everything in the channel, or turn down everything in the channel (leaving aside some tweaking that may be possible sometimes with EQ to bring out some aspect of the mix more prominently during the mastering process, which is still not something the DTS HDMA can change). Once you mix down, you lose control over individual mix elements, and encoding for release on bluray is WAY after the mixdown occurred.
Some movies are mixed in ways that annoy folks.
In fact, frequent contributor Filmmixer has talked in the past about deliberately mixing dialog low in battle scenes in at least one episode of the Pacific, because the director was willing to trade off intelligibility (at least potentially) for a more you-are-there experience. Encoding that track to DTM-HDMA simply will not change that deliberate mixing decision. Can't.
Imagine ripping a cd to MP3. You cannot turn the vocal up or the guitar solo down during that process, because they're already fixed in level by the time the sound gets to the cd. It's really the same thing . . .