Originally Posted by b0rnarian
Yeah it is funny... after I saw this happening in my setup, I tried asking ppl in here and the atmos thread and got confirmations in small bits but nobody really wants to talk about it in the open. Conclusion was ppl just live with one or the other and most audiophiles/bassheads who listen at reference lvl keep Dynamic vol off and others enjoy better atmos with Dynamic Vol on and listen at lower levels.
Which denon do you have and whats your speaker setup?
Frankly, I think this is a manufactured problem.
First of all, no one is mastering Atmos or any other format sound track based on Dynamic Volume or Dynamic EQ being turned on or off. That is a ridiculous claim. Not everyone uses Audyssey.
Secondly, Dynamic Volume works to minimize volume differences between loud and soft sounds. If the Atmos (or DTS:X or any other immersive codec or even an upmixer) height audio is softer than the main speakers, of course Dynamic Volume will make them louder. Is it correct? Not if it deviates from the sound mixer's intentions. Is it preferable? That's up to the listener. I doubt, however, that Atmos is "half as loud" without Dynamic Volume as it is with it. Yes, from what I have read, there are soundtracks with poorly mastered Atmos audio. But that is a problem with the sound mixer, not the play back system
Finally, if I am not mistaken, I believe that when you turn on Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ is also turned on. On the other hand, Dynamic EQ can be turned on without Dynamic Volume. Now, if you are listening at reference level with Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ turned on, depending on the Dynamic Volume setting, the sound will be loud with minimal dynamic range. Plus, at reference level, Dynamic EQ is effectively turned off with no bass or treble boost. That is an Audyssey function, not a function of the receiver brand. Turn the volume down and Dynamic range is still restricted but the bass is not "neutered".
I will believe this is a real problem when I see some solid, corroborating evidence from other users, not just one person's experience.
To answer your question of me, I have a Denon AVR-X3500H with a traditional 7.1 surround setup as my room does not support height speakers.