Originally Posted by tanwn1
The Admiral roaring current has no ULF and sad to say it's just a so so bass only.
And so there would seem to be the other end of the spectrum.
Not sure what "just a so so bass only," means, but for ULF there is that opening to EDGE OF TOMORROW, if that's what does it for you -- I note there are those who have been suggesting lately that the presence of ULF, even gobs of it in gluttonous dosages, can have a cloying, over satiating effect, especially independent of specific filmic content.
There are test tones for ULF. I seem to recall being singularly unimpressed with OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, though if I'm recalling correctly, it had loads of disembodied low blasts, sans the typical stiffening, impactful midbass, to very odd effect. ELYSIUM I recall had low bass, but I did not like the way the track was mixed, similar to WORLD WAR Z -- music and effects seemed to be at distance, smallish, unrealistic, and therefore non-immersive.
This is a highly subjective business of course. I confess to be not much of a fan of ultra low bass, and I can't even say I have any understanding of what other folks are experiencing in their home theaters. I will say that to even commence the Audyssey set-up for my room and subs, I had to turn the volume down on the back of my subs to within two notches of nothing -- the MARANTZ 7702 won't proceed until you diminish volume, and it will tell you when it's happy.
After the set-up I listened, and could hear no bass to speak of with my two JTR S2s, so I turned the volume on the sub rears to within some notches of the top. I have A LOT of bass now, tuned to preference of my ears alone. With ULF in that kind of mix, it doesn't produce enough of an audible tone to make it worth the large scale excursions which threaten my subs, so I'm unimpressed with it. A taste is nice I grant you, but does not rule my choices.
On ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS, the reviewer for BLU-RAY.COM gave the sound a rather rare 5 of 5 stars and said:
"...the sound mix for The Admiral
is superb, especially in the second half when the naval battle begins. With an almost constant assault of surging ocean, creaking (and breaking) hulls, cannon and gunfire, clashing swords, exploding shells, bullets hitting hulls, arrows flying through the air, men barking orders (or simply screaming) and dozens of other sounds layered into the mix, The Admiral
's soundtrack plunges the viewer into the middle of battle to the death fought with weapons that are antique but deadly nevertheless. THE BASS EXTENSION REACHES DOWN TO THE LOW REGISTERS, and even when the weapons aren't thundering, the drums in Kim Tae-seong's musical score are doing so." [caps emphasis mine]