In a message dated 7/5/2006 11:30:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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Potato, potahto..the fact remains that the main audio tracks on DVDs are at
half the volume used for supplementary tracks, and those are at levels
commercial CDs, all of which I play in the same machine. Avoiding saturation
nice, but avoiding having to get up and turn up the volume would be nicer.
curious why this is done.
It is the old "the commercials are always louder" problem. Not really. Its
just that if the program material has a reasonable dynamic range and is recorded
without clipping, it is naturally going to have a lower average level than a
promo crammed with the most active content of the subject, compressed as well
to get your attention since there is no need to preserve the artistic intent
in the promo.
Media with a wide dynamic range make the problem worse. Now you can have
dialog and gunshots both at realistic relative levels. The producer of the program
material has to decide how much of that the audience can stand. I can't stand
much. A recent trip to a local movie house made me really wish I had brought
There's nothing new in this though. I've been watching some W.W.II war films
with the narration down in the 16 mm film track noise while the artillery
nearly knocks the speaker off the wall. 1950s TV commercials on same reel come
through like the artillery.