Originally Posted by MACCA350
I found why I'm not hearing this volume difference, as mentioned before, I use the High setting in Dolby Volume. If I turn that to OFF then this volume difference shows its head.
Basically the high DRC setting is doing its job and eliminating differences in volume. It's a little humorous that one setting in Dolby Volume eliminates the effects of another setting in Dolby Volume........almost like an internal arguement.
Sorry for badgering you on this issue Bob, I just had to get to the bottom of it given it was not presenting itself in my setup.
It's still a rediculose setting, thanks to Nick we know it's Dolby's rediculose idea and not an error.
I'd suggest this Dolby Volume Cinema mode should be mothballed and NEVER used or seen again
In my testing the volume leveling works by RAISING lower volume passages. Since you are playing at 0dB Main Volume and using High leveling, I wonder if you might be running up against the Max Volume limit setting in Setup > Volumes? (Default is +10dB.)
In other words, there may be no room for Cinema mode to add its +10dB when you play stuff that loud and also crank the leveling up to 11. Any positive speaker volume trims may also play into this math.
By the way, I hope you are taking care not to damage your hearing.
I'm hoping Roger has some insight into what's intended in the design. There is precious little public documentation available anywhere on Dolby Volume. I've checked manuals from other companies.
The lag in action of high levels of leveling is a major annoyance to me. I can hear the algorithm heaving the leveling back and forth -- lagging the actual changes in the content volume. Sounds like one of those parodies where the bad lounge singer swings the hand mic closer or farther from his mouth, but gets the timing wrong.
And even on poor quality audio from TV, I find the frequency based adjustments weird -- unpleasing. So I don't even like it for casual listening.
I do a lot of low volume listening with subtitles on when testing OPPO video (I'm a Beta Tester), so I'd really love it if Dolby Volume worked well for me. But alas....