I think I’ve been watching way too many Paul’s videos on YouTube, but he seems to referring to loudness compensation in quite a many of those. As a proud father of our soon-to-be-3-years-old daughter, listening enjoyably on low volume levels is something which would really interest me quite a much at the moment But modern pre or integrated amps do not seem to have those controls anymore.
I stumbled upon the fact that RME ADI-2 DAC, as well as its more recent FS version, has inbuilt adaptive loudness compensation via DSP processing. Of course, it can not be perfect, because reference levels of music recordings are not known. But it’s still a more modern implementation, and it seems that those German engineers have really tried to nail it there as well as they could. Even though the DAC itself is highly praised, I didn’t find any reviews which would have mentioned experiences about the loudness feature. I would really like to know, if it really works well in practise, or is it just a tech gimmick? Any owners around here?
Or do you happen to know of any other pre amps or DACs which would have a volume adaptive implementation of the loudness compensation?
Thanx for your help in advance!