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  1. This is the first of it's kind objective measurement tool for comparing the bass in movies - it's totally apples-to-apples. (The measurement methodology AND content below 2.5 Stars is at the bottom of this post.) No longer do you have to rely on some website's review of the bass in a movie. Who can decipher what "aplomb" and "bombastic" and "incredibly deep" and "teeth-rattling" and "room-shuddering" really mean, anyway? Now you don't have to. The links below will take you to each movie's measurements. If a link doesn't take you to the right measurement, reload the browser by hitting F5 or just click on the address bar and hit "Enter." If you find a bad link, post about it and we'll investigate! Updated December 12, 2015 - Here's a Google docs spreadsheet with the current list. To sort, goto View-->List. 5-Star Films: 9 Edge of Tomorrow Everly Flight of the Phoenix Hellboy II: The Golden Army Pixels Ragnarok Star Trek War Horse 4.75-Star Films: All Is Lost Beowulf Captain America - The Winter Soldier Dredd Ender's Game The Golden Compass Hanna How to Train Your Dragon The Hurt Locker The Incredible Hulk Jupiter Ascending Kick-Ass 2 Live Free or Die Hard Lone Survivor Looper Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Olympus Has Fallen Phantom Pompeii Pulse Resident Evil: Apocalypse Serenity Skyfall The Terror Live The Three Musketeers (2011) Valkyrie War of the Worlds 4.5-Star Films: 28 Weeks Later 300: Rise of an Empire 5 Days of War Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter After Earth The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Attack the Block Battle: Los Angeles Brave Cloverfield Conan the Barbarian (2011) Crank: High Voltage Daredevil The Dark Knight The Day After Tomorrow Drive Elektra Elysium Exodus: Gods and Kings The Expendables 3 Finding Nemo Gamer Getaway The Grandmaster (CHI) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix The Iceman Insurgent Jurassic World Kon-Tiki The Man with the Iron Fists The Matrix Revolutions Ninja Assassin Oblivion Oculus Oz the Great and Powerful Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Sherlock Holmes Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (DTS) Solomon Kane Superman Returns Thor 2: The Dark World Trollhunter Underworld Awakening Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) X-Men 3 4.25-Star Films: 10,000 B.C. A Good Day to Die Hard The Admiral: Roaring Currents Adventures in Zambezia The Amazing Spider-Man Assassin's Bullet Avatar Batman Begins Black Hawk Down Bullet to the Head Captain America: The First Avenger Casino Royale Cat Run 2 Chappie Clash of the Titans The Conjuring The Dark Knight Rises Dead in Tombstone Death Race 2 Earth to Echo Evil Dead The Exorcism of Emily Rose The Expendables 2 The Grandmaster (USA) The Grey The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Homefront Horton Hears a Who Hot Fuzz Immortals Inception The Incredibles Jack the Giant Slayer John Wick Jurassic Park III Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring (BR Ext Ed) Mad Max: Fury Road Maleficent The Maze Runner Monsters, Inc. Monsters University The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Need For Speed Ninja Non-Stop Open Range Paranoia Pearl Harbor Piranha 3D Quantom of Solace The Raid 2: Berandal Ratatouille Resident Evil: Afterlife Rise of the Planet of the Apes Running Scared Rush Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World Seventh Son Shaun of the Dead Sin City Sin City 2 Snowpiercer Star Wars: A New Hope Total Recall Transformers Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Triangle Tron: Legacy U-571 World War Z The World's End X-Men X-Men 2 X-Men: Days of Future Past X-Men: First Class 4-Star Films: 3:10 to Yuma The Bourne Legacy The Bourne Ultimatum Children of Men Commando Constantine Crank Death Race: Inferno Despicable Me 2 Escape Plan Fight Club GI Joe: Retaliation Gravity Hercules Inside Iron Man 2 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Jarhead Kick-Ass Knight and Day Knowing Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return LOTR: The Return of the King (BR Ext Ed) The Machine Max Payne Monster House Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (aka Ninja 2) Noah Pacific Rim (7.1 DTS-HD MA) The Railway Man Real Steel Resident Evil: Retribution Stalingrad Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Terminator Salvation Thor Toy Story 2 Toy Story 3 Transformers: Age of Extinction Wall-E The Wolverine (7.1 DTS-HD Unleashed Ext Ed) 3.75-Star Films: 3 Days to Kill Alien Vs. Predator The Art of Flight Babylon A.D. Bears Bee Movie Bolt Bullet Captain Phillips Cars Don Jon The Fast and the Furious 6 Green Lantern Guardians of the Galaxy Happy Feet Hellboy Hitman Ice Age Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Insidious Chapter 2 Interstellar Into the Woods Iron Man Jarhead 2 Jurassic Park Kingsman: The Secret Service Kung Fu Panda Limitless LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring (Theatrical BR) LOTR: The Two Towers (BR Ext Ed) The Lords of Salem Machete Kills Megamind The Raid: Redemption Rambo (2008 Theatrical) Robocop (2014) Seal Team Eight The Simpsons Movie Sinister Star Trek Into Darkness The Watch Watchmen Wrath of the Titans X-Men Origins: Wolverine 3.5-Star Films: 13 Sins 30 Days of Night The A-Team Act of Valor Alien Abduction Australia Baraka Blue Crush The Croods Dr. Seuss' The Lorax The Equalizer The Frozen Ground Fruitvale Station Fury Godzilla (2014) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Hulk The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 I, Robot Ice Age: The Meltdown King Kong (2005) The Legend of Hercules The Lego Movie The Losers Lucy Man of Steel Man of Tai Chi The Man With the Iron Fists 2 The Matrix Reloaded Mission Impossible III The Monuments Men Pain and Gain Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones Robocop Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Speed Racer Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (BR) Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (BR) Sunshine Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) This Is the End Titan AE (DVD) Transformers: Dark of the Moon Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Unstoppable You're Next Zero Dark Thirty 3.25-Star Films: 21 Jump Street American Sniper The Art of the Steal Avengers Avengers: Age of Ultron Batman: Under the Red Hood Black Sea The Book Thief Carrie (2013) Cowboys & Aliens Domino The Double Eragon Ex Machina The Family Frankenstein's Army Gangster Squad The Great Gatsby (2013) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince The Hunger Games I, Frankenstein Into the Storm Iron Man 3 Knights of Badassdom The Last Days On Mars Marley McCanick Minority Report Out of the Furnace Planes Prometheus Reasonable Doubt Rio Runner Runner Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (BR) Taken 2 Toy Story Turbo Veronica Mars The Movie 3-Star Films: 2 Guns A Touch of Sin Battleship Big Hero 6 Blade Runner Brick Mansions The Cabin in the Woods Chronicle Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Die Hard District 9 Epic Frozen Haunter The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Ice Age: Continental Drift The International The Internship Jumper The Lone Ranger The Lost World: Jurassic Park Man On Fire Master & Commander (BR) Red 2 Resident Evil: Extinction Riddick Ride Along Saving Private Ryan Vampire Academy 2.75-Star Films: 28 Days Later Blood Ties Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 Devil's Due Die Another Day Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Dracula Untold Grudge Match Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone How to Train Your Dragon 2 I Am Number Four The Matrix Metallica Through the Never Paddington Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Planes: Fire and Rescue Resident Evil R.I.P.D. Whiplash 2.5-Star Films: The Babadook Bad Country Death Race Divergent The Fifth Element The Natural Rio 2
  2. That is a significant difference streaming vs BD. Have you listened to each for differences? JSS
  3. Sound card and measurement mic upgrade

    I have a scarlett, and it is great, trouble free, and easy to use with REW. JSS
  4. Wow, that looks like a track AFTER BEQ. Hope it doesn't clip everywhere....should have an incredible Dynamics score. Thanks MrEdge! JSS
  5. The Bass EQ for Movies Thread

    BH6 was inconsistent, with some effects having very little impact, and others great impact and heft. It's as if there were many sound designers, and some used highpass or shelves when creating the effects, and others didn't. JSS
  6. That is a significant change....have you listened to the new track? JSS
  7. New in box, bought while still available at madisound. https://www.madisound.com/store/manuals/ns8-385-4a.pdf All 8 for $150 JSS
  8. https://www.madisound.com/store/manuals/ns525-255-8a.pdf Bought when still available, for a line array project that never got built. All are unused, and kept in climate controlled storage. Asking $100 for all 30 of them. JSS
  9. Aura NS-525-255-8a, 30 available - SOLD

    Possibly lines overhead, only two of them, but I want great 7.1 first. JSS
  10. Aura NS-525-255-8a, 30 available - SOLD

    Planning to do them with different drivers, I do not have enough Auras to do a 7.1 line array setup... JSS
  11. Used them to power some folded horn subs I used to have. https://web.archive.org/web/20130106153846/http://oaudio.com:80/500W_SUBAMP.html https://web.archive.org/web/20130718212555/http://www.oaudio.com/docs/manual_v1_6.pdf I have them mounted in unfinished MDF boxes with terminal cups for connecting to sub. Originally $239 new Asking $200 for the pair, both are fully functional and unmodified. JSS
  12. Wow....EVERY effect must have 20-30Hz.....quite the impressive 70 to 30Hz slope... Think it clips? JSS
  13. X-curve compensation re-EQ

    Audyssey's Dynamic EQ may do more that that... Best news I have heard in a while; possibly confirmed by my experience with Star Wars:The Last Jedi, where I guessed the level of playback on an opening night showing within 0.5 'units' on the Dolby Box (confirmed by the theater's general manager). Good to know the theatrical/home mixes aren't substantially different at Technicolor (still where FilmMixer is at?). JSS
  14. X-curve compensation re-EQ

    I thought WW was well done but prob could use a little BEQ, but not much. It was very similar to Man of Steel in the LFE channel, IIRC. I'll look at it when I get a chance. Loved the film. Closest the DC Universe has come to approaching Marvel quality (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight excepted). Reminded me a lot of Thor, with the 'fish out of water' plotline. JSS
  15. X-curve compensation re-EQ

    What window did you use? It seems that to get a 'real' picture of what is happening with a PvA for this type of correction, we would need a reference 'line' placed on the avg graph or tilt the average graph counter-clockwise to see deviations from 'level' (a downward-sloping target curve). Main thing I see here are the broad 'boosts' centered around 1kHz and 8kHz. WaveShop is probably a better app to use for these Spectrums, and very fast, too. Interested to see the 'after', and if you can, do a pre-post image shifting the colors for the post. JSS
  16. X-curve compensation re-EQ

    SME, Have you looked at the entire WW soundtrack's PvA full range (20-20) and seen what your changes would look like? What FFT settings did you choose if you did this? JSS
  17. X-curve compensation re-EQ

    Pinned. JSS
  18. Mr Edge, Thanks for the Blade Runner PvA! It looks like the rolloff is similar to the 5.1 version on the prior home release. JSS
  19. The Last Jedi - I agree with both reviews above re: plot and pacing, with some impressive plot holes/inconsistencies thrown in for convenient 'timing' of scenes. It sounds like lots of focus groups and executive (above director level) decisions may have hampered the end product, if I had to guess....or maybe not? I would not want to be a director on an upcoming SW film, especially the 'Episode' films. I would guess directors would get a little more creative leeway with the 'Anthology' series of films. Making a film that "can't fail" often means you can get a definitively mediocre product in the process. But the sound....I was fortunate. I had a terrific sounding system at the theater I saw it in. It was played back at '6' on the Dolby Box, or 82dBC, and it sounded clean, cleaner than anything I have heard in a few years, and not fatiguing or shrill. Neither my wife nor I EVER reached for the Etymotics we always have on hand when going to the cinema after the hearing damage I am certain I sustained at 'Skyfall' at the local LieMAX (around 3 mos after it was announced LieMAX was using Audyssey XT32 to calibrate their theaters). The fact that neither of us felt any fatigue at 82dBC usually means a decently clean presentation. The projection side of things had significant errors in color alignment, and the theater promised to look into it. We'll see if they fixed it when I take my son to see the film. The theater was hampered by the typical <30Hz subwoofer rolloff, and was only in 5.1, but I heard some definitive high-20Hz content, particularly in the score. Like others above said, the great 'moments' in the film almost made up for the strange pacing and awkward one-liners, (but with no Han Solo onscreen, SOMEONE had to step up!), and I had more to say about the good points than the bad points of the film on the drive home. Saw it on opening night. At least 12 spontaneous applause events, with 3-4 full blown cheers during the film (both a rarity nowadays, IME). I'm apparently not the only one who thought the 'moments' were good. Star Wars has often been called a space opera. Maybe all those strange pacing decisions were the recitatives we had to put up with to get to the arias in the film..... JSS
  20. Good "bass tester" for Xbox-360

    The original HALO had some great punch, especially for the plasma grenades. But for rumble, the original Star Wars: Battlefront (Xbox version) has a significant amount of LFE, especially if you are able to trip up a walker on Hoth. The XBox360 startup screen also has some ~20Hz content JSS
  21. Some of the thumbnails noted in prior posts that do not lead to full-size PvAs will hopefully have their images available again soon. JSS
  22. BB and TDK were not nearly as bad as the ‘epiphany’ Nolan had with TDKR and nearly every film of his since...while I can appreciate the ‘wall of sound’ effect, it is best used sparingly for even greater effect. JSS PS - If the biggest warp effect in ST:Into Deafness was unclipped (It was!), you KNOW good sound can be unclipped as well. While I completely understand the ‘flat tops’ for effect, I cannot abide slamming into 0dBFS with reckless abandon and literally clipping away information. Put the flat tops at -0.1dB and watch your signal levels to avoid losing information. Or use analog compression or soft limiting. But it has been said before: “What can I say? Director’s Intent is Director’s Intent.”
  23. Agreed, one need not look past Frankenstein's Army to 'experience' that. One of my favorite mixes PvA is not that awesome. The movie Drive. SME, I have yet to audition GOTG2 BEQ, but will when I have a chance to listen at spirited levels. I have some cleanup and backlog to do on this thread and this forum, bear with me. JSS
  24. I thought the film had good midbass impact (when it was used). Here's a prelim BEQ Pre-Post: I'll see if it is any good this week... JSS
  25. Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets (ATMOS) Level: 3 Stars (110.06dB composite) Extension: 3 Stars (18Hz) Dynamics: 5 Stars (32.13dB!) Execution: TBD Overall: TBD Notes: Decent film, may need a BEQ. Will update this post with a clipping analysis when completed.