I have made a modification to my review template in the audio ratings category. I have changed the bass rating category from Low Frequency Extension
to Low Frequency Effects
. The rating parameter for Low Frequency Effects will continue to be evaluated as I always have which takes into account the track's low frequency support as it pertains to the overall blend/balance within the surround mix.
I have added an additional non-factored rating element that will be called Low Frequency Extension
. This will be found beneath the other audio rating elements and will be scored from 0.5 to 5.0 (like the others) however it won't be factored in the overall audio rating. The purpose of this addition is to provide some frame of reference for readers interested in my perspective on the presence of ultra low frequency content in the audio mix. I have made my viewpoint on how I rate soundtracks on Blu-ray clear however this will allow readers at a glance to get a feel for this aspect of the presentation.
That may or may not mean that the presence of ultra low content is pervasive, as many times it is momentary/fleeting, however I usually add my thoughts on that in my comments. This will not be done using measurements but will be a subjective analysis based upon what I hear. In the event there is nothing applicable with respect to the new rating element for Low Frequency Extension within a particular soundtrack (my review of Samson and Delilah is an example) it will be marked NA for not applicable.
I will give this and try and see how it goes as I am aware that there are those that follow our reviews who have expressed an interest in this area.
As always we appreciate your support and while we don't always hit the nail on the head it surely isn't due to a lack of trying.