I was listening to 'Reign of Fire' yesterday at fairly high levels (-15Db on 3802 with P-25 Power-amp) and used this opportunity to test out the DRC setting on my AMP. I have three settings, Low - Med - High. I chose Low. I think that very heavy settings (High or 100%) should only really be used when listening late at night with a baby asleep upstairs! Much to my surprise, I found the setting was rather useful. I had some pre-conception that it may destroy 'the purist' feel of Home Cinema but I was wrong. Voices were indeed highly intelligible and the bass (although present) was less overwhelming; almost better blended into the soundtrack. You could definitely tell that there was a difference in sound but it was still rather involving and did not destroy the soundtrack in anyway. Dolby Digital soundtracks are usually not mixed appropriately (or specifically) for the home market. Which is why on most action DVD's you will find that you can have the volume set quite high to obtain intelligible dialogue but, as a side effect, this comes with massively overwhelming sound effects. This isn't really a 'bad' mixing issue rather more a 'straight from print' version of the sound track. If any of you have been to see the new 'James Bond' or 'Lord of the Rings' in a Dolby Digital equipped Cinema, you will notice that the dialogue is of a normal and comfortable level and that the rest of the soundtrack is hugely explosive; James Bond actually had me covering my ears at one point! Therefore, its no wonder that most people have to crank up the volume to hear the dialogue on the DVD version but 'ride the remote' when big special effects scenes appear. For this reason alone, Dolby Digital incorporated dynamic range compression on all of its tracks allowing you to watch films at high levels without reaching for the remote. From what I have read, its quite a sophisticated and clever piece of technology which, on certain films, I will be using. As for the purists out there, well, there's no argument really. Yes, it is being processed and the dynamic range of soundtracks has been altered to 'up' higher frequencies and 'down' lower frequencies, Therefore its not as pure. However, for listening at loud levels on a majority of consumer equipment that struggle to reach reference levels and maintain quality, DRC is the answer. Dolby would class the use of DRC as 'typical' and expect it to be used in the consumer market for listening to DVD's. It done a fabulous job last night on 'Reign of Fire' and would recommend auditioning a loud-score film (at loud volume levels) with this on and then off. As said before, I found that the soundtrack level was clear and comfortable and I did not wrestle with the remote once when SFX-heavy scenes appeared.