Re: Sound level?
- From: "Charles Tomaras" <tomaras@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 14:30:57 -0700
"Leonard Caillouet" <no@xxxxxx> wrote in message
"Charles Tomaras" <tomaras@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"R. Mahone" <dicky2@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Try going into the HD cable box menu setup and set the audio setup
compression setting to heavy.
Why would you find HEAVY compression a desireable attribute? That changes
the dynamic range of the program in a way that is analogous to reducing
the contrast of the picture.
The output of the box is likely higher on average with more compression at
the same level. The output is likely calibrated from peak output rather
than from zero. It is the same problem as not being able to hear music
well on a portable stereo in a noisy area. Sometimes dynamic range is
The original post talked about mismatched levels not about excessive dynamic
range and the inability to hear soft passages amid ambient noise. While
compression may make everything sound louder and match his other inputs, it
also defeats one of the advantages of the digital medium which is increased
or more realistic dynamic range as the content creator mixed or mastered it.
I don't own one of those boxes so I can't give any direct suggestions but
I'm just thinking there might be a better solution to his level mismatch
issue than compressing the hell out of the signal.
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