Originally Posted by thxman
I am sorry to hear that you were underwhelmed by your experience. I have not seen this movie yet, nor have I tired D-Box in a theater, but I do have a few comments.
The theater seats are built differently than those used in the home. They use 3 actuators built directly under the seat vs. at the floor level. This is more of a full throttle approach and personally, I feel it leans more towards gimmicky than for immersion. You don’t want folks spending an additional $8 and feel like they got ripped off cause of no motion.
In the home, you will typically get less motion due to several reasons. The actuators are at the floor (or under the floor for platforms) level. Home theater chairs will more likely absorb more of the intensity than the theater chairs. In contrast, you should experience more immersion due to the ability to recline and/or add actuators under your platform so your feet move as well.
You also mentioned the limited control. On the home controller, you have almost limitless options/levels of control to “fine tune” the experience to best fit your personal tastes. This includes adjustable vibration, motion and delays.
Also, consider sound tracks of moves, some movies are reference and others are not. MFX is much like a sound mix. Back when I purchased my 1st Dolby Digital receiver in 1996, I remember critiquing each sound I heard from each speaker. Sometimes I thought it was amazing, and other times I did not understand why they missed an opportunity or added something that should not have been. I did the exact same thing when I 1st purchased D-Box. In both cases, I realized that instead of enjoying the movie, I was paying too much attention to what the sound or MFX artist did. In a way, I let go of the critiquing and now I am able to enjoy the movie more. Sound tracks are not perfect, nor are MFX tracks but both can add to the experience.
On a side note, even as a transducer, D-Box can be fun. I ran a 5 Hz test track on my chair and it was insane. I dear anyone to try to read text on screen during this type of demo, cause it is not going to happen.
I think you make a lot of good points.
I was thinking that the home experience would differ and that one of those differences would be less intensity. I think this would be a good thing. I also think if the floor moved (even if it was just a vibration) it would have been a lot better. The concrete floor really threw things off for me. A platform seems like it would be ideal.
I am happy to hear there is more control on the home controller. The theater chairs have four settings high, medium, low & off. I probably would have gone lower than low for this film. Is there any way you could post an image of the controls available on the home controller?
I realize that I was being very analytical and that was my intent. When I went to see this film, I planned to analyze the experience. Casual viewing would be different. I think your analogy to film soundtracks is a good one. I was actually thinking the same thing myself. I totally agree that motion can add to the experience. I am looking forward as this technology matures and the artists learn what is most effective.
It is funny you bring up using D-Box as a tactile transducer. After my experience in the theater, I was thinking maybe all I need is a really awesome tactile transducer set-up. Too bad I don't know someone who has one of these systems close to me so I could experiment.
If MI4 is being shown in D-Box, I will probably try it again.