Actually, I am an old school audiophile ... my Home Theater is all tubes...
It is worth noting that ALL of the audio on the disc except the test tones has been mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab. I consider Doug and his team to be among the best in the world. Many industry professional agree that Doug's Mastering Lab in Ojai, CA is second to none.
Listen carefully to the audio tracks...every single minute of the disc was sourced from original masters. Then, we sweetened, leveled and mastered all of the audio in a Tube Analog Audio Chain.
The reason for this is simple. Utilizing content from different films is a bit like making a meal from a smorgasbord. You must balance, level, and EQ the tracks so they are uniform throughout the disc.
Digital is a disaster when it comes to changing Levels or EQ. There are too many issues with math, dithering, and jitter as well as other technical concerns that make digital less than ideal to work with in many cases.
In an Analog world, we can work with Audio without detriment to the soundtrack ....and in all cases so far ... improve upon the sonic quality of the presentation.
I think most people would be surprised if they compared an audio track digitally recorded to the same track mastered in a Tube Analog Chain. My experience in the studio favors analog tube mastering in a big way. Therefore, I too was surprised by the audio rating.
I would be curious to hear comments from others with reference sound systems with respect to audio quality of the disc.
I love the feedback I get here at AVS. This disc was created with the help of many AVS Members. We actually rely on what we learn here to create better products. We appreciate all the comments and your support.
NOTE: Listen to the Disney / Pixar Soundtracks for reference.
Originally Posted by HDMe2
Thanks... that makes sense. I guess I would have also hoped they would have sampled some of their better releases for representative audio too... but I agree that rating the test tones doesn't make sense... and as long as that works, then you end up with a good calibration disc so that your real movies sound good.