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got couple new subs and looking for some demo material to show them off. Since the stickied master thread is no longer updated, what is your current reference LFE demo discs?
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I usually pop in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on Bluray. The intro and first 10 mins or so are just epic! Then of course the final battle is amazing as well.

I just love the bass sweeps during the studio and title portion in the intro.
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I enjoyed Inception too.

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I use scenes from Flight of the Phoenix and The Incredibles for movies. On the music front I'll play Taxman from Revolver/The Beatles mono set and Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan on DVD-A. These usually make an impression....
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got couple new subs and looking for some demo material to show them off. Since the stickied master thread is no longer updated, what is your current reference LFE demo discs?
Use Dream theater's ''Systematic chaos''...its a band....the very first song will tell you about low freqencies...
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And also the blu-ray movie...''The Strangers''...the rumbling of truck motor is quite going in the low freqencies....
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Cloverfield and War of the Worlds are, IMO, still the top dogs for dynamic bass in abundance.

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Kung Fu Panda
U571
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Kick Ass
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Inception
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Iron Man 1&2

There are many more but these are also fun LFE movies to watch.
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War of the Worlds. If you have a dust problem you won't after several scenes from this movie! The old fav of Saving Private Ryan is another. There is a web site called Ultimateavmag.com. They have a list of demo discs and scenes to choose from.

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Cloverfield and War of the Worlds are, IMO, still the top dogs for dynamic bass in abundance.

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How to Train your Dragon
Kung Fu Panda
U571
Transformers 1&2
Kick Ass
Terminator Salvation
Flight of the Phoenix
Inception
The Pacific
The Incredible Hulk
Live Free of Die Hard
The Crazies
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
Iron Man 1&2

There are many more but these are also fun LFE movies to watch.

Spot on post Fanaticalism. There are a couple of movies I have not seen but I own most of the other ones on your list.

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The scene in The Road when the forest collapses practically shakes my house apart.
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Cloverfield and War of the Worlds are, IMO, still the top dogs for dynamic bass in abundance.

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How to Train your Dragon
Kung Fu Panda
U571
Transformers 1&2
Kick Ass
Terminator Salvation
Flight of the Phoenix
Inception
The Pacific
The Incredible Hulk
Live Free of Die Hard
The Crazies
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
Iron Man 1&2

There are many more but these are also fun LFE movies to watch.

This is a very good list. If you are looking for just pure LFE output then I think Cloverfield is the best choice. It's not the tightest bass but it's ridiculous in terms of output.
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I also think star wars's famous race scene in ''the phantom menace'' is very good to test a sub....those engines are really rumbling...
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Here's my List

The Day after Tommorrow
Inception
SkyCaptian
King Kong
Godzilla
Transformers
Armageddon
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I am curious what exactly are folks criteria for demo worthy bass.
To me some of the more popular titles have bloated compressed bass that many interpret as dynamic, as in just simply loud, whilst others titles that have clean dynamic bass with range and actual decay do not receive much of a nod.

Here are a few I enjoy for demoing bass.

How To Train Your Dragon
Star Trek (2009)

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I am curious what exactly are folks criteria for demo worthy bass.
To me some of the more popular titles have bloated compressed bass that many interpret as dynamic, as in just simply loud, whilst others titles that have clean dynamic bass with range and actual decay do not receive much of a nod.

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So what are your criterias and pls do tell...what are your suggestion?......for everyday people music or movies are criterias..
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I am curious what exactly are folks criteria for demo worthy bass.
To me some of the more popular titles have bloated compressed bass that many interpret as dynamic, as in just simply loud, whilst others titles that have clean dynamic bass with range and actual decay do not receive much of a nod.

Here are a few I enjoy for demoing bass.

How To Train Your Dragon
Star Trek (2009)

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KvE

So Star Trek 2009 and How to train your dragon dont have compress bass...i will listen to them...
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Oh music whys, I have a long list mostly from late 80s to early 90s due to proper audio engineering practices being commonly implemented. Mostly electronic music right now.

All of these music titles have some phenomenal instances of great dynamic bass.

Enya - Enya (Later reissued as the The Celts I can only attest to the quality of the original release)
Enya - Watermark
Enya - Shepherd Moon

KMFDM - Naïve – Hell To Go, Angst, NIHIL, Xtort, Symbols (The Originals, unfortunately the Remasters are compressed and clipped.)

ATB - Two Worlds, Movin' Melodies

Leftfield - Leftism

Chicane - Far From The Maddening Crowd, Behind The Sun

The Orb - U.F.Orb, Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld.

Champion - Chill'em All

Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses, Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Playing the Angel Any digital stereo version of PTA is complete crap. The Devotional concert DVD is such a great disc for cinematography, editing, and sound quality. -Both the PCM stereo and DD.

And many more.

My criteria for quality mixes and records are that instrumentation must have range and audible space to breathe -although some music that is not the intent or possible depending on content, that there is audible release and decay in the sound scape -perhaps redundant, no distortion unless that was meant to be in the recording -ie electric guitars with sfx, absolutely no brick walling or excessive compression be it up or down.

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To test tightness and tone I listen to House Music. Usually Larry Levan Remixes from the Paradise Garage in NYC. For deeper bass most Dance Hall Reggae Music will give your woofers a good work out. If you pump any selections of this type of music it won't take long before you know where you stand. The Larry Levan Remixes will also give your mids and tweeters some good exercise.
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I've always felt that the Eagles DVD he'll freezes over was good for bass.
Hotel California has such a clean baseline with textbook decay from the drums.
Fast lane is good, and also Pretty maids all in a row.
I agree the older music is good for judging ringing and overhang on subs.
The Hulk is good when fighting the dogs, and the new one is good when they fight on campus. That sound gun scene is wild. Also, when he kicks the limey against the tree.
Toni Braxton's 2000 release album The Heat is one I take with me to demo stuff. The 1st track has decent clean bass, and #9, speaking in tongues has rolling bass. The bass changes notes nicely, and goes quite low at times.
Madonna's Live to tell track has a very stand alone bass note that can really call out a slow or muddy sub. It is higher in the frequency range. When it's done right at decent volume, it has a lot of impact.

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For movies, I still use Titan A. E. on DVD The Matrix Reloaded on HD DVD and Cloverfield on BD. For music: Titanic on SACD, Blue Man Group:Audio on DVD-A, Celebrating the Music of Weather Report also on DVD-A, and the Word of Mouth revisited on SACD witch features some the bass players in the business today. It's a tribute to Jaco Pastorius.

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I also think star wars's famous race scene in ''the phantom menace'' is very good to test a sub....those engines are really rumbling...

I use that one as well. Also The Incredibles and, as was just mentioned above, Titan A.E. Of course, the usual action packed Blurays mentioned in this thread are on tap when needed. I guess the Nero warp jump scene near the end of Star Trek is one that gets played quite a bit if someone wants a quick thrill.

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So in The Dark Knight, does anyone recommend a scene or scenes in particular? I noticed scenes 17-20 where Two Face is being transported in the back of an armored vehicle and the Joker is trying to kill him is a good one. It was actually mentioned during one of the recent Academy Awards shows because of the sound quality.

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The Blue Man Group "How To Be A Megastar Live" concert DVD. This has some really great drumming and bass.
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War of the Worlds. If you have a dust problem you won't after several scenes from this movie! The old fav of Saving Private Ryan is another. There is a web site called Ultimateavmag.com. They have a list of demo discs and scenes to choose from.

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I checked the site but couldn't find a link. Do you have a direct link to the thread on there?
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So in The Dark Knight, does anyone recommend a scene or scenes in particular? I noticed scenes 17-20 where Two Face is being transported in the back of an armored vehicle and the Joker is trying to kill him is a good one. It was actually mentioned during one of the recent Academy Awards shows because of the sound quality.

Black woman in a car explosion is great. One of best bass explosions in any movie. Also the helicopter crash and tumbler get rpg hit is nice.
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The movie Running Scared has some strong LFE.
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Probably a bit of an odd one and hard to find, but if you can find a Blu-ray copy of "Under The Mountain" starring Sam Neill, there are a couple of earthquake scenes that have the most intense bass I have yet encountered.
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