I have tried to setup my speaker levels as instructed by amp manufacturer and also the optimode audio tests included with certain DVD's. But I remain unconvinced. I am sure all speakers are in phase, properly aligned, levels set correctly, ears de-waxed etc etc. But there are two specific things that annoy me on the R1 Gladiator DTS-ES audio track. The 1st is when the new emperor [guy with dodgy lip] enters Rome and there is a row of "musicians" banging their drums as he enters. The sound of the drums are very muffled and not what I would expect. The 2nd is more a recommendation from another thread, where it was said that the scene where the Spaniard and his fellow gladiators have to despatch a large gladiator who is swirling a mace like weapon above his head, apparently this effect is supposed to be very convincing but for me alas it is not seamless. So my question is, are there any more really convincing steering effects that you can recommend to check my setup, or should I order up that ear trumpet?.