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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
    And, one more reason to feel certain the replacement for my XP MCE PC will be another Mac:

    For those of you that use both Windows and the Mac OS, if you watch DVD's on your Windows machine(s), have you noticed that regardless of the app DVD's are played with in Windows (PowerDVD, WMP, Nero Showtime), the DVD audio level is always dramatically lower than any other audio source in Windows? This seems to be a very common "That's just the way it is" issue, and I have yet to find a solution (if there is one). If anyone does know a workaround/fix for this, I'd be most grateful, but I believe there's no fix/solution. OTOH, DVD's played in OS X, sound just as loud and clear as any other source. Setting my master volume in Windows to 100%, just to hear a DVD properly, only to blasted out of my chair by the notification sound of an incoming e-mail, is really annoying. So, there ya go. One more not often mentioned, but good reason to stick with a Mac.

    Mark

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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
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    Windows plays DVDs?!
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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
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    You need to install a decoder of some kind before Windows plays DVDs.

    Or, after you install another kind of DVD player software (like Cyberlink PowerDVD), Windows uses the decoder that it installs.
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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
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    I have noticed this problem on both windows and Macs, so I attribute it to the DVDs. My iBook and my POS Dell laptop play DVDs at the close to, or the same sound level from what I can tell.


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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
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    Quote Originally Posted by baggss
    I have noticed this problem on both windows and Macs, so I attribute it to the DVDs. My iBook and my POS Dell laptop play DVDs at the close to, or the same sound level from what I can tell.
    That's interesting. I do notice variations between DVDs to be sure, but as just one exampe:

    The Corrs - Live at Lansdowne Road
    The audio level is dramatically lower on my Windows machine when compared with any other audio source level. On my Mac mini, the very same DVD plays at a volume level almost identical to any other audio source. If I were to push the volume to max on the mini, I'd be shot across the room.

    Mark

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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
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    Have you gone into your control panel and checked your sound settings there? You should have a set of adjustable sliders for different sound levels as your optical drive has its own sound cable going to your sound card. This level should be adjustable and is different from your regular PC speakers. I just got a MCE Dell box but haven't tried playing any DVD's yet as I don't use my desktop for that. My old PC laptop never had a sound difference between playing DVD's and anything else. Check that setting and let me know what you find, it just sounds like something isn't set right.

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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
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    Quote Originally Posted by techster82
    Have you gone into your control panel and checked your sound settings there? You should have a set of adjustable sliders for different sound levels as your optical drive has its own sound cable going to your sound card. This level should be adjustable and is different from your regular PC speakers. I just got a MCE Dell box but haven't tried playing any DVD's yet as I don't use my desktop for that. My old PC laptop never had a sound difference between playing DVD's and anything else. Check that setting and let me know what you find, it just sounds like something isn't set right.
    Each optical drive is connected only via the IDE/digital cable and both drives are configured to play digital audio. I believe that if I were to connect the audio cable from the DVD drive, that might resolve it, but it would be analog output, and only two channels (defeating many of the features associated with digital audio).

    Mark

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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
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    What I have noticed as well as everyone I am friends with is that Laptops seem quite low when playing DVD's with everything maxed. My iBook when playing DVD's might be a hair louder, but the 12" ibook's audio is not that loud with any source to begin with.

    Most people I know though do notice that DVD's audio is down a bit compaired to other sources.

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    One of my Most Frustrating Windows Gripes
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    I notice too that DVD audio seems to bypass any software equalization (on Windows machines) that other audio does pass through. For example, when playing a DVD in WMP, the EQ functionality is disabled. Likewise in other DVD playing apps, I don't recall seeing audio EQ functionality. Anyway, no such problem exists for me with the Mac.

    Mark

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