This has been an ongoing issue between broadcasters and the government for many years.
If you took a VU meter to any broadcast you will see that the commercials are already peaking at a slightly lower level than the program audio. Why it sounds louder has to do with the amount of audio compression applied. Commercials have their audio dynamics smashed to near zero, while the program audio dynamic range is much wider (which sounds softer to the human ear). It's also why noncommercial networks like HBO sound softer in comparison to commercial networks.
Who controls the audio compression?
I'm guessing the channel does, correct?
The reason I came to that conclusion, as I was watching History channel tonight, All commercials were at same level as the program I was watching, so I didn't have to make a mad scramble for the remote volume button.
Thank you History channel.
I also noticed the last dozen or so Dish commercials on various channels were lower than the program itself.
Thank you Dish.
Since I don't have to lower or mute, I am more inclined to at least sort of pay attention to them.
The channels that also have commercials with various volumes just get turned way down or muted [ along with the high decibel ones] so what are they gaining? The various volume also seems to indicate the advertisers dictate the volume they want from the channel that is broadcasting.
Just my observations.
Hope everyone had a pleasant holiday,
Tymekeeper- we're on the same page!
Edited by satcrazy, 22 November 2012 - 10:47 PM.