Originally Posted by Column
This show looks beautiful in HD. Something wrong with the audio being very low tho
I agree there is something very strange with the audio level, but upon further examination, I'm suspecting this is a case of the audio being very dynamic (like over the top dynamic). It's like they beat you over the head with the bass synth accompaniment and push everything else way down low. There isn't even that much bass in the actual sound effects- it's all in the bass synth (which is strangely reminiscent of the T2 soundtrack). So you turn it up to get the dialog at a decent volume, and then an action part crashes in at high volume, and then the bass synth is even overpowering that (shaking the rafters). Then you got a freakin commercial every 6 min that completely blasts you off the couch!
So you got to keep a thumb on that volume button going up then down then up then down...
They got to really get a hold on balancing the soundtrack better for this show and observe more "practical" dynamic levels. Being dynamic is good, but you can go too far with it, as well.
As for the volume abuses by the commercials, it's too bad hdtv didn't employ some sort of automatic commercial mute function that engages when the audio is clearly running "hot" for normal voice dialog. If commercial makers are going to abuse the dynamic range of digital audio, then they should
get muted! If they know they are going to get outright muted if they run "hot", I bet they would be sure to observe nominal levels...