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    Video/DVD sound output lower than MP3 sound level

    The sound level on videos and dvds is around 30% lower than when playing mp3s. All of the volume settings (wav, line-in, master, etc) are set to max. What else could be causing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slffl
    The sound level on videos and dvds is around 30% lower than when playing mp3s. All of the volume settings (wav, line-in, master, etc) are set to max. What else could be causing this?
    DVD is usually Digital. I noticed this too. You get used to it
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    I had read something on DVD audio being too low a long time ago, but I can't find that article, but I found this after a little ing

    4. Audio level too low.
    In truth the audio level is too high on everything else. Movie soundtracks are extremely dynamic, ranging from near silence to intense explosions. In order to support an increased dynamic range and hit peaks (near the 2V RMS limit) without distortion, the average sound level must be lower. This is why the line volume from DVD players is lower than from almost all other sources.
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    That explaination is right on the mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kermee
    That explaination is right on the mark.
    Yeah, my mum doesn't understand that, and complains when there's music or action happening in a film that it's too loud, when it's at a level where you can only just hear what they're saying when it's quiet!

    She still hasn't got the whole idea of "dynamic range" yet


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