I hope this is not going off topic, you did talk about volume levels in detail in the OP, so,
What's going on with the volume levels at the movies these days? Man of Steel, Interstellar, and about 40% of the movies I see are all insanely loud, and I have been thinking about bringing some kind of sound meter into the theater and now I am interested to see that there are people who are already doing that.
I actually like loud movies and loud music etc, I'm not the type of person who is ever asking people to turn the volume down, but I feel like these movies are at hearing damage volume levels, it's totally insane, and it didn't used to be like this.
I go to IMAX or AVX etc to get the best movie experience I can find, but overly loud audio doesn't improve anything, it's terrible. Movies like Avatar or Oblivion, and if I recall correctly, Edge of Tomorrow, had perfect audio levels, not too loud and certainly not too soft.
I complained to Cineplex and they blamed Christopher Nolan, as if the theater doesn't have control over its own audio levels (??) I feel like these days they are going beyond merely giving a substandard movie presentation (which is bad enough on its own) but venturing into public health and safety issues by damaging the hearing of the audience. Aren't there standards? My ears hurt for 24 hours after I saw Man of Steel and I had to start bringing kleenex or earplugs to stuff in my ears in case a movie is too loud, which half of them seem to be while the other half aren't. And that's not pleasant, nobody wants to do that, lol. It seems absurd to me.
I'm curious about what the process or thinking is behind volume levels, and if you are measuring levels that go beyond what health and safety would allow (without ear protection) in say a workplace or whatever. And I wonder how long before someone sues over hearing damage.