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Matrix Reloaded soundtrack - bright sounding?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Dimmy, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. Dimmy

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    Bought the DVD today and loved it, but it did sound extremely bright in places.

    Anybody else notice this?
     
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    Not at all Dimmy. I played this at 00db reference level comfortably the other day, and given how neutral my speakers are (M&Ks) they reveal very quickly "bright" sounding soundtracks.

    The R2 edition of reloaded is recorded at a bitrate of only 384kbps too.

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    Reloaded is one of my fave tracks..... one of the biggest problems i have is that watching at volume tends to shake the house for 2 hours at a time, reloaded successfully managed to let me listen loudly yet only have the house shake during explosions and other times when it really should!

    I actually though overall the soundtrack was very clean sounding, though this could be for the above reason.

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    Didn't notice any brightness at all, but what I did notice was the the slightly greater than normal difference in volume between soft and loud passages (i.e. the dialog is a bit quiet whereas that the action is louder and more visceral than usual).
     
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    Yeah I was listening to it at 00dB comfortably, it's just certain passages sounded like that had a massively eccentuated treble.

    I applied my Denon's Cinema-Eq (basically a high frequency roll off) and things sounded much better.

    Must just be my setup :p!?
     
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    I found that the 'louder' sequences (action, fights etc) were spot on, with the burly brawl & merovingianparticularly worthy of note. However, the dialog scenes with heavy use of background sound effects seemed slightly poorly mixed sometimes. Other than that a fine soundtrack.
     
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    Sounds great to on my setup :)
     
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    I agree with Dean, the dialog is too quiet and the action too loud which is unusual on my system.

    Furthermore, Mrs StooMonster complained about this throughout the DVD -- "turn it up" "turn it down" "turn it up" "turn it down".

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    Nice Roger Dean early Psygnosis Owl logo as avatar there Dean.
     
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    beats being told to turn it down the whole way through!

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  10. Dimmy

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    It's for soundtracks like these that Dynamic Compression was invented for :D
     
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    For those of you who think the soundtrack has it's problems, are your setups calibrated with an SPL meter?
     
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    Matt - no :rolleyes:
     
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    Nuff said:rolleyes: Dimmy you've just spent £00's if not £000's on your setup, do it justice by getting an SPL meter:)

    imho, opinions on sound don't mean bugger all unless you've got a calibrated system.
     
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    How do you go about calibrating your system?

    i have spent quite alot of cash on my system but have never gone into detail setting it up,

    Where can i find info on this?

    Thanks
     
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    Yes.

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    Do a search on here, there is a load of info. Basically you get a sound pressure level and then balance the channels such that each one is the same volume..... you can do much mroe, but this is the easiest thing to do by far

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    'Quick version or how I did it anyway'

    You use the test/setup tone on your home cinema amp in conjunction with the SPL. The decibel level should be the same from each speaker. You then adjust the levels on the amp until the test tone reads the same on all the speakers.
     

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