Originally Posted by MKIKE
What are you encoding the audio to, pro logic II? Might be worth trying just plain stereo?
Funnily enough I had the same thought
As the iPad had rather, lets tactfully say, basic speakers!
It seemed a bit OTT to stay with the default Dolby Pro Logic, so I did select Stereo from the iPad default settings. I also changed the DRC value from zero up to the maximum 4 setting, which I believe is supposed to compress the dynamic range and to be honest it made no difference.
I remember from early DVD days complaints about low volume levels which were explained away by the fact they had an increased dynamic range.
Basically this seems to mean in reality, that quiet things are quieter, so you turn the volume up to a higher setting, so that when a loud bit comes along it's REALLY LOUD.
On a HiFi of course, this is fine as you have plenty of Audio Welly and can ramp up the volume fine.
However given the iPad's less than stellar speakers and volume it's a bit of a non starter.
iPlayer is very loud and clear however which is great.
I'm guessing the quiet bits need ramping up (the dynamic range being compressed) then the whole lot can be raised up. which is what I thought the DRC setting did, but to be honest, seems to make little real difference.