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Had to chime in here, as this is the first movie i watched on my new BluRay playing in my home cinema and it was amazing. Also, my first usage of the 7.1 analog multichannel inputs on my Onkyo receiver too.
Before starting the movie, i calibrated everything with a level meter to 75dBA @ -0. It was pretty close with a few speakers only 2 or 3 increments out (due to physical locations not being ideal for the surrounds for example). I had to turn my center channel down by 1 increment for it to remain at 75db during the test tone/pink noise. I also found my sub was way too high (sitting at around 90dB .. i must like my bass :P ). Anyways, turned it down and everything is set perfect.
I watched the film at -0, which according to what i've read, is the level it would be played at in a cinema, no attenuation and no amplification of the input, straight off the disc and off to the amplifiers (in my case, mono blocks via the preouts).
All i can say is AMAZING. It is so clear. There are times when you jump out of your seat it's so intense/loud, but i do that in the cinema, so it was nice to recreate that at home. And yet, in dialog, it was a perfect level. BluRay discs seem to have so much dynamic range for sound levels. You can here the tiniest of sounds in the background at whisper quiet levels, and yet when there's action, the house lifts off the stumps. Also, my CRT projector seems to like the video much better. Much much more inky blacks without any compromise in brightness level of other details. Is this something that BluRay improves on or is this just that the player might be better? (LG BD390 vs my old Onkyo DVSP501 DVD player).
All in all, love the film to bits and love this new format!
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