Normalize or not?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by vanfanel1, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. vanfanel1 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Do most of you that convert files for playback normalize the audio? I understand the idea behind it and the reason however at times it sounds a bit unnatural and jarring especially when using headphones. For instance the background noises will be a bit louder and suddenly die down when the main characters begin their dialog and suddenly amp up again when they stop.
  2. Avatar74 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    Not when doing AC-3 passthru. AC-3 has its own "dialnorm" parameter that tells your receiver's decoder to adjust the center channel in relation to the relative average loudness of the overall mix.

    If it's just a stereo program or DTS, it won't have built in dialogue normalization.

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