Originally Posted by blastermaster
Did it seriously distract you from watching the movie? I'm not against bass - I have three large DIY subs for proof that I love bass. However, I find it probably more annoying when there is an overabundance of unnecessary bass. THAT distracts me from the movie. Well done bass, however...like when a jet plane flies overhead and you can feel it, or a heartbeat in a suspense movie that you can literally feel. Those things add to the movie without being distracting. Lack of LFE in the Hobbit was mildly disappointing, but it certainly didn't distract me from enjoying the movie. Like you did, people can always turn up the bass if it really bothers them. Much like I can always turn down the bass in a movie with overcooked bass.
It did distract me, actually I'd go further and call it annoying. Very much so with my reaction to start trying to turn the sub up looking for bass. I knew it had to be the recording but couldn;t believe it would be so far out of whack. I checked the sub levels, checked the cables for an end coming loose, checked to see the kids hadn't messed with the dials on the sub, etc. My wife hadn;t seen the movie so she was pretty annoyed with me...
I've noticed that movies seem to be going through the same thing that cds went through a few years ago, with cds ruinging sound quality by mixing too loud, and movies mixing too much bass into some movies. This makes it hard to set up a system and leave it. I like clean non-boomy bass that blends naturally into the mains, where the sub disappears until you turn it off and notice the bottom end gone, or when a strong scene plays (like rock giants fighting, a dragon stompiong around, or a fat troll with a goiter slamming a big hammer down).
I don;t think I should have to mess with adjustments to enjoy a movie, and in any case, I did try boosting the sub by 5dB, and the non-LFE bass (center and mains set to small) became overbearing, colouring svocals and other sound below my 80Hz crossover. I had to turn it back. Oddly, except for the LFE the sound was top notch.
As for movies with too much LFE there are a few but I prefer that to anemic bass as long as it isn;t done stupidly... doors closing with big thumps when it doesn't fit the mood, some gunshots thundering where other smaller guns are weak (ex the first Kate Beckinsale lycan/vampire movie), etc.
I chose my sub based on it being known for clean, tight bass and I'm every happy with it, and it's in a 2000ft3 room so it has tons of head room to handle crazy scenes like Prometheus , Hurt Locker, etc. (and those bass scenes fit the movie). Nothing can make up for issues like filtered out low bass, I'm pissed about this movie. I actually would not have bought it if I had known how anemic it was because I was very very distracted by it.
It was like eating a delicious roast turkey dinner with spoiled cranberry sauce, when you wanted the cranberry you got a sour taste that took a few bites of the good food to get the bad taste out, only to be repeat the cycle again next time you want the cranberry.