Originally Posted by teiresias
The 7.1 mix seems odd to me on my system. I only have a 5.1 system, so maybe my AV Receiver is downmixing it in an odd way, but a good deal of the score seems to get pushed into the rear surrounds, which just sounds very odd to me.
Forgive me for jumping in here.
Teiresias, did you ever figure out what the issue was? I just gave the TNG-HD disc a go tonight, and I've tried it on two different Blu-ray players (my usual PS3, and a Panasonic model) through my Denon AVR-1909 with 7.1 setup (which usually sounds phenomenal), and it sounds really weird to me too.
As far as I can tell, it sounds almost like there's level compression applied to all of the tracks separately, so the surrounds sound a lot
hotter than they should, and there's some weird jumps in levels. The latter is especially noticeable during the opening title sequence on "Farpoint", in the pause between the horn phrases in the score, the levels get really hot, and when the horns come back in, they're really loud, but then it's as if the compressor compensates and the levels go back down. It's super noticeable, like the attack setting on the compressor is REALLY slow.
I investigated every setting I could get my hands on, but there didn't seem to be any compression applied anywhere in my chain, and it still did it even if I turned off my usual Audyssey EQ. I figure something
in my chain must be wonky, as I find it hard to believe they'd screw up the remix this bad, and there's very few people complaining about it.
Not sure what to investigate, as the system usually sounds great. Not sure that I've ever played any other "DTS Master" streams, though, so maybe that's a clue? Any suggestions welcome.