Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by kingcutter, Jan 4, 2005.
I had a short test with private ryan anymore good films on dvd that will test the sound system.
My top 5....
1) Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King. (Awsome!)
2) Fifth Element. (An oldie but still one of my favorite audio delights)
3) Saving Private Ryan. (of course)
4) Blade 2 (not a great film, but a great demo of DTS 6.1)
5) U571. (depth charge scenes are excellent)
All need a decent subwoofer.
If you can get hold of the SUPERBIT version of Spiderman 2 - that is pretty awesom both picture and DTS sound
For audio mix.... try:
Fast And The Furious (if you can sit through the bloody awful film!)
Siesmic charges scene in EP II
Anything recorded by Telarc
Battle scene in Gladiator.
I would say the first Lord of the Rings, it is the most amazing experience having arrows going back and forth around you, get a bit of it in the 3rd one but not enough!
agree with jules with LOTR ROTK it has a great soundtrack.(5.1 and 6.1 ex regarding setup)
How about indiana jones and a bit of star wars too?
My fave oldie is armageddon, nice punch at the start, followed by echo in the space centre then on to the golf scene followed by in space.
For DTS Gladiator definately wouldnt let you down, from the brushes of grass at the beginning to the battles. Smashing. Also the fast and the furious and pirates of the caribbian.
EDIT: Siesmic charges scene in EP II, OH YES especially if you have a sub setup too
Hope some of these help, I think they sound great IMHO
13 th warrior is quite good, plenty of atmosphere. from hell is a good test of rear effects and sub.
Another one is I,Robot.. fantastic low end
the matrix as got to be pretty high up there with the rest of them i'd also go with that fifth element
Which matrix?? I'd suggest matrix taking the pill matrix re loaded car chase and revolutions fighting off all the 'squiddies'
The shootout in Heat
How about payback? it's very dark and grainy almost noir? so it should give you a good indication of how well your PJ' handles blacks and greys.
Open Range...just because cinematography is beautiful! The shootout at the end is also great for the sound!
Dragonheart is good where Draco flies around the 'room'. Very useful if you want to get the tonal balance of your speakers spot on.
Just to throw another couple in...
T3 - Chase scene where they total the town. Ten minutes of seismic chaos gives the surround and subwoofer a major workout. Reasonable picture too.
Star Wars IV (A New Hope) - Suberb picture.
Battle scene in Gladiator is up there with the best of them and if you can put up with the rest of the film the pod race in episode 1 gives your amp a nice workout.
I would go the opposite route and test/demo a system with a film that does not have great sound.
LOTR etc are great for showing off a system but people tend to concentrate on the amazing effects, which is not how most people watch/listen DVDs
House of Flying Daggers - The scene with the blind girl and the drums - Fantastic!!
Have a listen to chapter 3 of Darkness Falls. I first had this played to me as a reference at a Dealers, and it will test both high and low (not the very low) end out in equal measure. I bought it accordingly and play it as reference material. It also has some dialogue which is almost as though it is not very well recorded - it will test your centre speaker's ability to project and recreate this very well (which is actually about 80% of what you want it for ). It also has a huge dynamic range, will test your speaker's ability to start and stop (excuse very technical language ), and also it has some of the best and most discretely placed surround sound effects I have ever heard.
Oh yes, and it will frighten the bejeesus out of you, so be warned!
Sorry, perhaps a daft question.
What's a superbit disc? Are these the DVDs that have done away with the extras so there's ore room for the movie?
Schmeegle, that's pretty much the idea of them, with most offering DTS where the original didn't
The Superbit titles utilize a special high bit rate digital encoding process which optimizes video quality while offering a choice of both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
These titles have been produced by a team of Sony Pictures Digital Studios video, sound and mastering engineers and comes housed in a special package complete with a 4 page booklet that contains technical information on the Superbit process. By reallocating space on the disc normally used for value-added content, Superbit DVDs can be encoded at double their normal bit rate while maintaining full compatibility with the DVD video format. Superbit DVDs are compatible with all DVD players.
Region 1 copy of "The Haunting" in DTS is simply Awsome giving some true <20Hz Sub action coupled with one of the best sorround action i've ever heard.
Shame about the film, but really a jaw dropper.
House of Flying Daggers & Hero also well worth an audition
Does anyone here have a compilation DVD with loads of clips to test/show off the surround/subwoofer? Otherwise I'll have to make my own.
I gathered the family round on Christmas Day and we all watched the extended LOTR ROTK and were most impressed to say the least. I haven't got round to watching Private Ryan yet but I got a sneak preview while my system was getting set up. I also have Superbit Fifth Element on the way which I am hoping will be impressive too. I love this Home Cinema lark
I watched the Hi Def version of Terminator 2 on the PJ and it very impresive, incredible detail at 1280x720 and a very good sound track
Thirteen Ghosts is one of my personal favourites, not a superb film, but a nice soundtrack, plenty of good surround effects.
Another vote for this. Watched my copy the other day and was blown away by it
Master and Commander the first naval fight, my favorite for sub and surrounds.
Really can fill the impact in the belly and fill the shrapnels going trough your head, with a good set what i do not have now
Or maybe it is the room's acoustic
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