I just finished watching this BD (2D version) and while video quality was excellent, audio was quite disappointing, specifically the lack of low bass impact when called for.
Frankly, I don't understand this quote from the review here:
...Low frequency detail is authoritative, tight and on occasion prodigious as it frequently engages the room with palpable low level bass response that is sure to get your attention....
This does not fit with what I heard, or more accurately, didn't hear (or feel). For example, in the opening scene, there is practically no low bass as the elephants marched by. Also, the stampede scene is quite lacking in bass impact. Simba looks at the rocks jumping around as the ground shakes, but there is absolutely no shaking going in my room during this scene.
At first I thought something was wrong with my system, but when I switched to the French or Spanish DD Home Theater Mix, the low bass impact was back in full force like I remembered. Now the room shook like it should during a stampede!
The English DTS-MA track certainly had improved clarity over the other tracks, but with the low bass level lacking, some of the high drama scenes lost much of their impact.
As music/sound is such a big part of this movie, I'm am quite disappointed and almost wish I had rented it first before buying. I think I'll compare it to the DVD I have and see how much video quality drops. It might be worth the trade off to get more impactfull/satisfying sound experience.
For reference, my system's audio side is quite capable, consisting of an Anthem processor, Parasound amp (250wpc), Salk speakers, and an SVS powered sub (500 watts). For audio, my Pioneer BD player is hooked to my Anthem processor via optical. I do understand that this means I'm hearing DTS lossy core and am perhaps not hearing the DTS-MA track at full resolution, but I don't see how this would affect low bass extension/level. I have many BD titles with a DTS-MA track that have plenty of room shaking low bass via the DTS core portion. Is it possible that Lion King was mixed in such a way that much of the LFE information is contained in the MA extension and not in the core (this would make no sense to me)?
Am I the only one disappointed with the audio?