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Archaea last won the day on January 27 2016

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  1. Define sound quality? Lowest distortion level? Perhaps the now off market LMS-5400, but most likely 4 Dayton HO 18" drivers would have lower distortion levels at any given SPL level for about the same driver cost. If Aurasound was the one to disprove 18" subwoofers don't sound bad for music - then you should buy an Aurasound. I guess nobody else has good sounding 18" drivers. Realistically - don't get too hung up on 'sound quality' for a subwoofer. Capability, as it relates to your expectation, is a more important term and that can come from buying robust drivers with properly designed/mated enclosures, or multiples of inexpensive drivers with properly designed/mated sealed enclosures. The end result isn't too dissimilar from either path. With the lesser expensive 18" you have more of them to keep the distortion profiles low. I've been in home theaters driven by LMS-5400 Ultras, and I've been in rooms with 8 or even 16 SI HT 18". Both can sound equally great. The times when a subwoofer sounds bad is either bad integration (time alignment/impulse response or poorly integrated EQ) or poorly designed/mated enclosures to the servicing driver's parameters... Take a look at that glittersub linked earlier. http://www.parts-express.com/titan-15-purple-glitter-cone-yellow-surround-woofer-4-ohm--299-1054 To properly mate an enclosure to this 6lb monstrosity in a sealed box with an FS of 30hz says you need an 8 cubic foot sealed box. Nobody using this thing is putting it in an 8 cubic foot box. So the rolloff point is going to be much higher. Someone won't realize that buying it - will drop it in a way too small box for those driver parameters and say it sounds like crap. That driver isn't a good driver by any stretch of the imagination (3.5mm xmax on a 15" - ha) - but build the box appropriately and it'd probably surprise you with what it would do for a $15 driver, at least be a wee bit surprised instead of disgusted.
  2. Watched this one within the last month - bass was soo loud I had to keep turning it down. My wife and I both thought the bass was over the top. The only bass that was noticably cool to me was the intro scene bass beat in the carnival. (It actually surprised me with the first beat) The rest of the movie just seemed overly loud and mediocre. 3 star, rent. I thought this was probably Daniel Craig's weakest Bond Movie.
  3. I watched both Star Trek reboot (2009) and Star Wars Force Awakens within the same week. No question - I personally enjoyed the bass more on the Star Wars movie. The Kylo Ren interrogation scenes were especially fun with nearfield sealed subs! I knew there was sub 20hz content by feel, before I ever read about it. I only get that sensation off the nearfield sealed subs. 5 star for the bass by my vote. B+ on the movie itself.
  4. I just watched this for the first time tonight. I rated it avoid. Too many inconsistencies in the "science theory" to like this one - the movie didn't even try to keep consistent rules about the suit's ability. He's supposed to have all his weight and strength in the suit, but just insect sized. So why did the 1" water in the tub knock him down? How can he ride flying ants if he weighs ~170lbs?, how can he walk down the barrel of a gun held at arms length by a man? How can he fly up to a rocket going hundreds of mph on an insect? I didn't look up any movie plot holes, but this ones got em in spades --- sadly so many I couldn't enjoy it on the first pass. I can enjoy the typical Marvel movie, or suspend disbelief for most fantasy movies, but consistency has got to be there ---- and they didn't even try for consistency in this movie. Sound was okay. Bass was okay. DTS-x ceiling speaker upmix worked well as reported for DSU or DST-X. Movie though? Meh. Rent, or just avoid IMO.
  5. An exceptionally enjoyable film, with fantastic sound all around!
  6. Saw this in the AMC Prime theater. I didn't enjoy the movie enough to watch it again - regardless of the sound. So I won't vote because I haven't experienced the movie at home - but this movie was cheese to me.
  7. In my opinion - this had one of the best, most fun audio tracks I've ever experienced. It was Atmos, (I watched it in 7.1.4 with 8 sealed 18" subwoofers) the bass was intense, varied, unique, and fun! I REALLY enjoyed the soundtrack! I enjoyed the movie too. I rated it 5 star and though I rented it at first through RedBox - it was a immediate buy for me.
  8. The dam burst scene was really quite incredible, and a cut above the rest of the film in my opinion (as far as fun audio intensity) - having just watched it a couple nights back.
  9. First movie was the best of the series I think too! I wish they would have cast a different lead actor and actress for the role of Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler. I wasn't really fond of either of their performances. They pegged the other characters as good as one could hope, John Hammond, Malcom, Nedry, etc. Even the kids did fine, but something wasn't clicking for me on the original with the main two leads --- and it made what is probably my all time favorite fiction book, into a movie that also fell a bit short for me. JP 2, and 3 were both pitiful. Sad because the books are fantastic. Michael Crichton remains probably my favorite author.
  10. How come only some of these get turned into full threads? I forgot Shredhead has posted this one. I listened to the Atmos track on Terminator Salvation, and it was one of, if not my favorite audio experience of all time. The bass was excellent, deep, textured, varied. It was an audio treat IMO. I watched Pixels too and I thought the new Terminator was far more fun bass/audio than Pixels, even though Pixels gets a lot of compliments for its bass track.
  11. Having just watched Terminator Genisys in my theater right before this one - this one was a disappointment. I'm looking forward to the thread/captures of the Atmos soundtrack for Terminator Genisys. I thought the bass on Genisys was some of the best I've ever experienced. It had several scenes where my nearfield subs were wobbling the chairs pretty good - even one impressive scene just based on a lower volume, but very deep feeling/hitting music soundtrack element. Lots of interesting sounds, lots of textured bass if you will. I felt like Jurassic Park bass in comparison was mostly 30hz thudding footsteps, and I found myself getting bored of the bass in Jurassic Park as the film rolled on - or maybe that was just bored of the movie - even just watching it for the second time. I may be somewhat alone on this, but I really didn't think this new Jurassic Park was that great of a movie. I won't condemn it, as there are those that obviously liked it here - but for me - it's a rental and a 3 star. My bass affection isn't all about loud anymore. Loud is good, and I do like a dynamic peak as much as the next guy --- but soft and deep and nuances that make you think wow that was low are fun too. Genysis seemed to have several of those in my recent and first viewing as a rental. I ordered the disk and will watch it again soon.
  12. Nice looking numbers. New 20hz to 100hz output champion. Good, usable output to 15hz. It easily covers the wheelhouse of a home theater subwoofer system. Congrats Jeff Permanian. That's a good looking product for sure!
  13. I have a suspicion this might be in the interest of showing the 212HT/HTR - etc aren't lacking in 'mid-bass' as is a occasional discussion on the JTR thread. With that much headroom, you can EQ them to any amount of midbass you desire in your own personal setup. Check out them compared to the LMS-5400 in a sealed enclosure for instance. Above 55Hz the 212HTR start to significantly have more bass available than arguably the best 18" subwoofer sealed. They have zounds of headroom actually...
  14. Ironic, It's usually this forum where everyone says the bass is disappointing on a movie, where on AVS people are saying how it's so awesome cause their 10" ported SVS sub knocked their teeth out. On this flick it's the reverse. The AVS guys are crucifying the audio on this one, and the guys here are saying it's respectable. Ha, I guess the AVS general rank and file are afraid to turn up their MV? I didn't see this one in the theater, and was hoping to watch it at home. I'll probably rent it first at redbox and see how it plays out. I've read people saying the dialogue is muffled, and the surrounds are inactive too (aside from the bass is too light) --- at least on the avsthread. Did you guys notice anything regarding those complaints?
  15. I don't have the Atmos version of Gravity - just the 3d version. I'd double dip if the 3d Atmos version was available now, but I don't want to reward the studios for releasing Atmos without 3d in the most recent release. The fact they released Gravity with Atmos without 3d, (so you either get Atmos, or 3d, but not both) and then will probably release it later with both on bluray, and then release it later yet again on 4k with both makes me mad. That'd be quadruple dipping if you wanted to get all the 'newest' feature releases along the way. I don't agree with shoddy greedy practices and gimped upgrades which is what they are obviously doing. That said the 3d version I have without Atmos, as you witnessed yourself, is fantastic as is, so I'll probably wait for 4k before purchasing again. I've not yet seen American Sniper. I have John Wick with Atmos and watched it multiple times before I installed Atmos, and have watched the best portions after integrating Atmos, and while the audio is excellent, (especially the club scene) it's not as well done as Mad Maxx IMO. Still by far, the Dolby Atmos Demonstration disk is the best showpiece for the tech IMO.
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