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Dynamic Range Compression

I recently had to replace my beloved Corsair SP2500 speakers when the sub died. One thing i really loved about the SP2500 was it had a setting that compressed the dynamic range of music being played. Most of the music I listen to (Classical) has a wide dynamic range that can go from a whisper to ear splitting (and neighbor disturbing) and that dynamic range compression was a Godsend. Sadly, none of the replacements I considered (I chose a pair of self-powered JBL 305P MkII studio speakers) had provisions for dynamic range compression like the SP 2500 did. None of my player software has dynamic range compression. I currently use Media Monkey for music but plan on switching to the Plex Media Server someday for playing all my ripped music and movies.

Does anyone know of a software solution for getting dynamic range compression?

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I should also mention I'll be switching over to Linux in a year or so. I'm also open to hardware suggestions.

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It is built into VLC by default.
Thanks! I actually found this out yesterday. Here is what I posted on another forum about it:

I did some research yesterday and VLC player has the ability to compress dynamic range to a far more acceptable level than no compression. The bonus is VLC has a Linux version. I haven't fooled with it yet because I do not like VLC's GUI for anything other than directly playing DVDs from the ODD. I much prefer the GUI for Media Monkey and, although I have yet to try it, Plex (which also has a Linux version) has an even better GUI, especially for reading menus from my TV screen.

VLC can be reskinned but I have yet to find a skin that I like. However, I found out that there is a program that simplifies designing a custom skin so I may look into that. I still would prefer switching to Plex since it is compatible with my TV tuners for recording OTA TV (sadly, Plex does not offer dynamic range compression). A hardware solution, similar to the Dragonfly Red USB DAC I'm currently using might be a better solution but I haven't been able to find one yet that wasn't too bulky (I simply don't have room to park something like a preamp, for example).

Another option would be to use something Virtual Audio Cable (I think that's what it is called) to internally route sound from whatever player I prefer, such as Plex, to VLC for dynamic range compression which then would output via USB to the DAC. However, Linux equivalents I've seen so far seem to be dodgy at best, based on what people report about them (it would help if I learned something about Linux but I have other priorities right now that demand my attention).

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