vlc is, at least in my opinion, the best player for both video and audio.
somehow, film producers think that it’s funny to play with the volume level during a movie – eg. making dialogs really quiet, but all the action is around 200 percent higher, thus really loud. vlc introduces with version 2 dynamic range compression, how to set it is explained here. as a summarization:
- go to
Tools - Effects and Filters - Tab Compressor
some new features of version 2 are outlined in this post