Originally Posted by Chris Rein
Well, I watched Transformers last night with the DTS setting on my HD-DVD add-on and made sure compression was set to off (or whatever the exact verbiage under the audio selection is). Watched the movie and it sounded good, but not spectacular like I had read here.
So, I did some experimentation and changed it over to Dolby 5.1 in the menu. That did the trick! The bass was 10 fold stronger and the room came to life. I know the volume seems to dip going to DTS, so I adjusted to compensate. Any ideas why this would happen?
Oh boy, yes. This is what's supposed
to happen: Movie soundtracks are encoded with -10dB for LFE versus the rest of the audio for both DD and DTS. All AVRs are supposed
to boost the LFE the corresponding +10dB when playing the soundtracks back. However, some do it properly for DD but not for DTS because they are broken, or some just don't do it by design and tell you so in the manual...
Either way, you have to adjust manually...
Ain't audio fun?