How to Get Disney+ to Sound Great with Audyssey and Yamaha YPAO

Disney has been in the habit of ignoring cinema standards for home mixes and now mixes for TVs, sound bars. What does this mean?

  1. They are applying equalisation for the home environment
  2. They are applying some dynamic range compression to ensure dialogue is easy to hear
  3. They are mixing the soundtrack at a lower volume level

While this is annoying, I recommend using the following settings:

Audyssey Settings

  1. Reference or Flat curve according to your preference (which one you usually use for movies) – I much prefer Reference in my set up.
  2. Dynamic EQ on
  3. Dynamic EQ offset to 0
  4. Dynamic Volume OFF
  5. Volume between -15 and 0 dBs (or more if you like it really loud). We normally listen to movies at -20dB and with Disney+, we have it at between -13dB to -10dB to sound somewhat equivalent.

Please comment below what setting sounds best to you with Disney+!+!

YPAO Settings

  1. Adaptive DRC off
  2. YPAO Volume on (But only if it is independent from Adaptive DRC on your AVR – this way you can listen to Disney+ at lower volumes without affecting timbre. I believe some older Yamaha AVRs force you to have both on at the same time so If you need to turn Adaptive DRC on, have both off!)
  3. Volume set to 10-15dB higher than normal

Please comment below what setting sounds best to you with Disney+!

Disney+ and IMAX Enhanced

Thankfully, IMAX enhanced sound is coming to Disney+, first in the form of new Atmos mixes and then in the form of DTS:X. While I don’t quite agree with what IMAX is doing in AVRs (see here for more), new un-neutered DTS:X mixes I can fully get on board with.

Having said that, the new Atmos mixes on the IMAX Enhanced Marvel movies are still lower in volume and need the above adjustments. We shall see how those DTS:X mixes will sound however.

So as it stands, we need to make changes to our AVRs every time we boot up Disney+.

If I had one advice for Disney – and Xperi (owners of DTS) -, it is this: provide the option for the full theatre mix to be streamable, please, without volume, re-equalisation and dynamic range compression. Sure, you can put the dynamically compressed soundtrack as the default for folks with TVs and soundbars, but take a leaf out of Apple’s book and offer the un-neutered version as well. If you were really smart, dynamic range compression would only take place within the Disney+ client during playback so you don’t have to create two mixes. We have had standards for how to do this since the 90s, so why reinvent the wheel?!

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  1. Is this still the case in 2023 for Disney TV shows and movies? What settings should we use for Netflix and Amazon Prime? Again is it different for movies and Tv shows on these services? Also, why do you recommend -5db offset when using a Blu-ray player and not 0db offset? Thanks for your insights.

      1. Thanks for the quick reply Roland, usefull to know. And for TV shows on streaming services we should use 10db ref offset? Is that the case even for high production level TV shows such as Star Wars (e.g. Ahsoka) on Disney+?
        Also, regarding your recommendation to not use dynamic volume on Disney due to compression, is that advice applicable to Netflix/Prime also? Assume this is for movies and TV shows on these services?

      2. No worries.
        Generally TV shows are best at 10 offset but you’re right, big production shows will sometimes use movie reference. If in doubt, try both ways, see which one sounds correct tonally.
        Dynamic volume is best left off for Disney+ but you can experiment with the other services with it on if listening under -20dB.

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