Dynamic range compression volume levels?

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  1. Jeff

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    Ideally we would all listen to DVDs at reference levels, but if this isn't an option at what volume levels should dynamic range compression be enabled? I normally go for -20 to -25db. At this level the loudest noises are fine but some things are just too quiet. It should be possible to chart the optimum settings, something like;

    0 to -15 DRC off
    -16 to -25 DRC low
    -26 to -35 DRC Med
    -35 to -60 DRC high

    Any ideas, opinions?
     
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    DRC only works on dolby digital, not DTS and it's only on/off isn't it? or perhaps it's different on different recievers. I've got a marantz SR5200 and it's called night mode. I leave it off at all times and listen at about 60-65db (-18 to -25 on the reciever) most of the time, it's fine if there isn't any other sound in the room, i can hear pretty much everything. the reference level of 75db (-8 to 0 on the reciever) sounds great but only when the neighbours are out!
     
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    My Yamaha has 3 settings: MIN, STD, MAX - the latter non-compressed, i.e. DR off.

    Always use the MAX setting ...
     
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    Mines set to OFF. I have the same options as Jeff does, same amp I think:)

    Never felt the need to use the DRC to be honest.
     
  5. Jeff

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    My question would be if you have DRC off and volume set to -20db ([email protected]), aren't you potentially cutting off some of the low volume sound?
     
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    I think you may be right, its possible you might not hear the very low volume noises. On the other hand with the DRC switched on you wont get that low volume to high volume jump when theres an explosion, which is what makes movies sound great!:)
     
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    I have DRC always set at maximum dynamic range. The Lexicon has a DRC AUTO function, which adapts the amount of compression to the chosen volume level, but I don't use it.

    I have the following in mind:
    0 to -15 DRC off
    -16 to -20 DRC low
    -21 to -30 DRC Med
    below -31 DRC high

    But I think the best would be to have some sort of standard here.
     

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