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Everything posted by TimVG

  1. Would be cool if somewhere in the long term we could make a list like that, but made up out of individual scenes. Although most of us probably already know em by heart.
  2. Rewatching Daredevil (2003). What an excellent use of bass and ULF in particular in this movie, it really adds something and was definitely included intentional and not random.
  3. Went by the store and Dredd wasn't released yet.. Couldn't resist though and got myself a pre-release I'm definitely buying this one. I just sampled the first 5 min and it's all there, level, extension, mid-bass.. reminds me of underworld with a little less 30-40hz and a little more ULF so far. I just had to pause the movie to break the good news :-p
  4. Actually, there's only one rating I don't agree with, and that's immortals. The clipping is there without a doubt, but I don't mind the effect. What I do like about that movie is the massive amount of ULF (<20hz) goodness, which is there in quantity, and even surpasses every other bass movie out there in level. Just for that I believe it deserves an extra star in execution.
  5. I don't think so, Max goes through each movie himself and unless he also took the DVD as a reference, the results should be correct.
  6. Was TASM ever updated? I thought it the same cutback on the DVD LFE VS BR LFE channel as TR, or am I wrong here?
  7. R2 Spanish track.. Even better bass than the R1 DVD, if someone check if that bass is primarily in the LFE channel, perhaps it could be mixed by replacing the LFE channel on the English track if all other levels remain equal. Or you could simply rip the BD and mix it with the DVD audio..
  8. An update: I was able to fix this problem by playing with the gain knob and gain switches on the back of the amplifier. Is there a standard way to match gain levels throughout a given system, preferably not a very difficult way :-). The only issue now is clipping the minidsp input at high levels. Decreasing the input level means I have to either boost the sub level somewhere else or decrease the output of the other speakers in the AVR.. Any tips would be very appreciated
  9. Is it plausible that power cycling in a LG 14k clone can be caused by clipping the input signal? I just fired up two of my DIY subs on one channel of a 14k which, with heavy material would cause the amp to power cycle, swapping the channels didn't make a difference. The funny thing is it never does this with my captivators, the levels on my minidsp are much lower with them as they're more sensitive and place in a corner as opposed to the DIY subs which are against the front wall for the time being. I tried upping the sub gain on the receiver and cutting back on my minidsp which did seem to make a difference. Tomorrow I'll try setting the jumper in the minidsp to 0,9v instead of the 2v it's on now. I don't think anything is wrong with the amp as it works just fine for the rest of the time. Thoughts?
  10. Thank you for your reply Marc I agree that all of the bandwith is equally important, no arguments there. I've been to studios with full Harbeth 40.1 setups (at $7000 a piece it's the finest monitor I've ever heard) and can attest to the quality. I'm sure there are many valid arguments why monitoring below, let's say 20hz, is not worth it in studios. Let it be space issues, bleeding to other rooms, cost, .. But why not give it a shot with one room? With the new upcoming surround formats, it's a matter of time before the LFE is going to be revised, no? I can definitely see theaters making use of lower extension, perhaps not through more capable subwoofers, but through tactile transducers for example. I agree people with that kind of bandwith available are hard to find, but then again, why introduce lossless audio on blu-ray? Why introduce 4K? Not many people will be able to enjoy the full effect either. You say it's very hard to design and implement ULF with the available hardware, would you yourself for example be more comfortable implementing it if you could monitor it better? My main argument is, ULF is already being implemented in, and obviously being filtered from, certain movies. Why not give an honest chance to monitor it better? I think the only result can be a better mix in the end. Even with a capable system nobody is stopping anyone from filtering and putting all the energy between 30-60hz if he feels like it. I'm just saying, there is nothing to lose, only to gain. Best Tim
  11. I just watched TDKR. I liked the movie itself. About the sound: Was it bad? Not at all. Could have it been a whole lot better? No doubt. Some issues: apart from the aggressive (harsh) mix, the bass, although present and used with abbudance sounded very bloated and monotonous. I can definitely put the graphs in perspective. Less (mid)bass and some ULF could (would) have done wonders for this one. You begin to wonder about stuff when Tom Danley's firework recording has more feel to it than a nuclear bomb exploding in TDKR. Another issue I had was Bane's voice. OK, they dubbed it over, but did they have to make it so apparent? Not only was his voice twice as clear as the other characters' it was also twice as loud which was really annoying to me. But as this is Data-Bass I'll go back to just that, and I'm going to go out on a limb here. But if this is the result from using 30hz ported subs at the mixing facility, they need to upgrade their equipment. I'm sorry to be blunt, but does anyone find it normal that we, the amateurs, have better, more capable equiment, than the people making multi-million dollar movies? I can understand the argument that these movies are mixed for commercial theaters. But don't BR/DVD home released get a different mix anyway? Even if that's not the case, a lot of movies have been released with the exact properties a lot of people here are looking for, so we know it can be done. It's a shame really, so much potential in some of the latest releases, and it's all wasted on what appears to be a loudness war. I wish some of the guys in charge could experience something like WOTW or HTTYD or any other 4+ star movie vs TDKR or The Avengers in a capable theater, and then have them say they liked the latter presentation better. I watched the movie Brave yesterday, apart from one scene there wasn't much below 30hz either, but at least it was a good presentation. I'd take that above TDKR anyday.
  12. Either a movie's unfiltered and the level leaves something to be desired, or the level is A+ and they neuter it. #@*!
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