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Basically I have some stereo speakers hooked up to a dac/amp that go to my HTPC. The biggest issue I'm having is that when playing movies, the dialogue is extremely quiet while everything else is very loud. I tried using Windows built in Loudness Equalization feature which actually works quiet well for movies. However, I've noticed some slight distortion in certain scenes. It's usually obvious in scenes with louder dialogue. Basically, I'm looking for an alternative to loudness equalization that minimizes the amount of distortion.
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I think most media players have volume normalization options, I know VLC and MPC do, otherwise higher-end AV receivers can have options like dolby volume.
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There's always a risk of distortion with compression (real-time loudness equalization), unless you add a delay ahead of it. The compressor simply can't know there's a loud part coming up until it gets it, and by then its too late.
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There's always a risk of distortion with compression (real-time loudness equalization), unless you add a delay ahead of it. The compressor simply can't know there's a loud part coming up until it gets it, and by then its too late.

doesn't it get buffered ahead of time?
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doesn't it get buffered ahead of time?

In what? Windows sound backend? Not enough to be of use. The delay compression needs would be noticeably long.
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