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Old 20th November 2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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Default ChrisB - I get what you mean about theatres

Went to see Skyfall last night. Was so loud. But not because it loud and clean. Because it sounded aweful. I rarely go to movies. Every time I do I remember why. This particular theatre seemed worse than others, or I've become more picky. I saw Taken 2 in Fort St. John a few weeks ago while there for work, and it wasn't good, but better than this.

- Low bass was nearly non-existent (I think you and I disagree on this);
- Mid and upper bass was weak and strained;
- midrange was inaccurate;
- treble was splashy and harsh;
- Speach was difficult to understand;
- etc.

What an eye opener. I only go to the theatres for big hits that I must see. Skyfall was one of them. Not only the sound, but so much else about the experience was bad (people making noise, smells, 15 minutes of commercials [I thought I paid to see this movie]), I may never go back unless it's someone else's idea to go. I can wait for the blu-ray release next time.

Have other full range users grown tired of the theatre. Most of the midrange/treble problems were obvious cross over issues. I could hear pro woofer break up clearly. I know I've said full rangers can't get loud, but at least they sound good within their abilities.
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Old 20th November 2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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Ryan, I think this one's showing at several screens in Victoria, including the Silver Screen Imax (where I had to endure the longest 2 1/2? hours of my life watching Prometheus 3D).

I'm sorely tempted to give the ultimate immersion it one last try with the new Life of Pi in 3D - I found the book very engaging, and have yet to be underwhelmed by Ang Lee's wide ranging body of work. Noise blocker ear plugs mandatory

Without RT spectrum analysis, it's speculation on both our parts as to how low the content actually goes, but I frankly couldn't be less interested - to paraphrase an old Linn advert slogan - "if it sounds like crap, it is" - I'd be inclined to vote with my feet, but with little change from a $20 I'm just frugal enough to sit it out. Mind you if chained to a seat for the latest Stallone effort, I'd be looking to test the theory that a credit card can severe a carotid artery efficaciously. (too dark?)
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Old 20th November 2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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I haven't been to the theater in many years.
Not only do they sound obnoxious, but most movies just plain suck!
Superhero movies? Come on......
Ya know why superhero movies are popular now? Because people would rather experience 2 hours of fantasy land than paying attention to what's going on in the world today!
You wait, during peacetime (if we ever get there again) you will see better films.
Ok, I think I'll get off my soap box now! hahaha!
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Old 20th November 2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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I agree Melo, not into the super hero movies. I do like action though. That includes Stalone work Chris

I think the only thing good about the theatre is the picture. The sound is just terrible. A lot of the best parts of the film were ruined by the sound. To be honest, I didn't enjoy this movie very much at all, and I can't help but think my opinion would be different if I just watched it from home.

Next time (if there is a next time) I'll bring the ear plugs. Good recommendation Chris.
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Old 20th November 2012, 05:33 PM   #5
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Theatres seem to vary hugely but I agree that most have the sound way too loud. I believe this has something to do with Dolby certification, where the levels are required to be set to a certain level.

I saw Skyfall at a relatively new London cinema near the Olympic village and it sounded quite good and not too loud. Star Trek at the Leicester Square Odean, otoh, required musician's earplugs.

Movie sound should be really good and the sound on some DVDs is terrific, with much greater care taken on dynamic range than some CDs.
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Old 20th November 2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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And I agree that Prometheus was an awful experience however it sounded …
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Old 20th November 2012, 05:42 PM   #7
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I think the only thing good about the theatre is the picture.
I can't agree with this, the film industry is stuck in the 24fps.
That looks especially horrid with a 90 degree FOV.
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Old 20th November 2012, 05:49 PM   #8
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Melo: I'll make no excuses for enjoying escapism (if I want to see what's going on in the real world, I could watch Fox News ) - even the high action / darker stuff. I wish I'd tried Avatar in 3D- I quite enjoyed it on my little screen, and as a life long fanboy of the "graphic novel" genre ( read Action and DC comics for those raised during the late 50s/60s) the evolution of the Batman and Son of Krypton series during the past 30+ yrs has been fun to watch.

But you're quite right, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago, Citizen Kane - they don't make many like that these days, and it certainly ain't just budgets to blame. On average, and without disclosing my own guilty pleasures, I'd posit there's far more more "moving picture" art on the little screen these days.
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Old 20th November 2012, 05:57 PM   #9
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I can't agree with this, the film industry is stuck in the 24fps.
That looks especially horrid with a 90 degree FOV.
That's debatable, but I won't get into it. But my comment is still valid because when you bring home a blu-ray, you also bring home the 24fps.

And considering the contrast range of the theatre, blows my projector and even my plasma away. Only one particular scene did I think blacks crushed up. Blacks were very well graded throughout the film. No eye strain. Crisp detail. Dimensional, huge. It reminded me my picture quality has a ways to go.
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Old 20th November 2012, 06:00 PM   #10
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Oh, sure I hear ya chris....
I like sci-fi and even fantasy a lot!
But only if the story, character development, acting and so on comes first.
Movies like the matrix and Hugo are few and far between.
After watching the avengers, which was supposed to be one of the best movies ever,
I felt nothing.
After watching equilibrium,
I felt lingering perplexity.


Oh, and chris....please don't watch FOX! haha!
The only semi-real news you can get is from NPR
The rest are funded by special interest groups.
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