dynamic range of blockbuster movies *** I SAID BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES!!!! ***
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Does anyone compress their movie sound?
For example, to tackle this problem:-
00dB: noise floor
10dB: plot-crucial dialogue
20dB: background music
30dB: general dialogue
35dB: start wondering if neighbours will hear
40dB: action music
45dB: neighbours definitely hear
50dB: general sound effects
55dB: neighbours strike architecture with object
60dB: special sound effects, screams, etc.
70dB: advertisements, trailers, etc.

To avoid having to watch a movie with one thumb on the remote control volume buttons, I'm contemplating compression (yuk!). Suggestions?
 
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You calibrated your setup, right? Then everything should be pretty well balanced.

I use both Avia and Video Essentials to setup my A/V setup and I find that I usually watch at about -05 to -10 dB below reference volume. This is perfect to rock the listening sweet-spot without killing my downstairs neighbors.
 
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