Onkyo Late Night

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  1. Brad Cr

    Brad Cr Auditioning

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    Has anyone used the "Late Night" feature on the Onkyo? Does it work? This feature would be a great for me as i find myself turning volume up for dialog and down for action late at night. Thanks
     
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    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    Try it and see if you like it. It's just dynamic range compression, and does exactly what you want it to, for DD tracks. I wouldn't use it other than late at night when you want to keep the volume low, but it's a great feature when you need to do that.
     
  3. BrianAe

    BrianAe Second Unit

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    It's funny that you mention this Brad because I was just going to post how much I like it! Do note though that it only works for Dolby Digital.

    I use the "low" compression option and it works wonderfully. It's funny because I think it produces different and better results than most people realize.

    In most recent mixes that I've watched/heard its the music which is way load, drowning out not just the dialog at times but also the ambiance effects (including surround affects). If I had to summarize the affect of late night mode it would be that it makes dialog and ambience affects like rain and birds chirping loader compared to the score.

    I think this can enhance certain dialog based movies, even during times when keeping things quite isn't an issue. I'll give two scenarios:

    First is when the music is just way too load period.

    Second is when movies have really well done ambiance affects like birds chirping, crowds roaring, rain, etc. The night time mode will actually accentuate these affects by toning down the score.
     

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