Originally Posted by kma100
hah. I miss the old days when I put the speakers in the room and they sounded "amazing". No second guessing involved. Now thank to AVS I keep thinking...should I buy measuring gear? How about toe-in? Or different speakers? Or a bigger sub...you get the idea :-)
You might have picked up my uncertainty after visiting such an impressive theater complex to experience Atmos. It shook my confidence in my theater briefly. I came home, popped in a reference BD chapter, and reconfirmed my confindence...by comparing it to a very high professional theater. I was relieved. It wasn't identical, but it communicated the impact and emotion that defines "the cinema experience."
A lot of people gripe these days about the bad quality of commercial theaters/cinemas. If you are lucky enough to have really good ones nearby, you have the opportunity to emulate that experience
. I didn't say match its bass its SPL or even refer to the technical other than to say "the experience." Of course, that is the sum of many things...including superb design (acoustic and equipment), installation and calibration. They don't just throw it all in there. It's all on paper (or computer software) first. It is a blueprint for technical achievement. It is an objective approach to achieve from us a very subjective response; emotion, approval, return business.
Of course, THX made this mandatory, but some theater chains like Harkins take the ball and run very well with it.
Why not let them make the investment in calibration gear? We can go and experience this, and if it really impressed, then go home and compare our experience at home to that at the very well engineered theater. It's a freebie of sorts.
Many people say "I guarantee my home theater surpasses the best commerical cinemas!" Oh yeah? Give me some objective criteria to evaluate that. Sounds all subjective to me. And if that is exactly what has made you happy, then fine. But those folks need to add a disclaimer. "I guarantee my home theater sounds better than any commercial theater...to me
I've often told people that from the time I first throw the switch on the camera the first day, until the movie's release, there is total chaos in many ways. Although it seems that way, there is actually a rather defined set of standards and protocols followed through the process. The goal is for the end product to be standardized/consistent. The theater is the last step and the wild card, but THX recurruing certification or just consciensious theater chains help us bring a pretty standardized experience
to the public. They won't be identical, but if we can communicate the experience, we have won. I think that is a worthy goal for home theaters, too. Just my $.02 worth. Edited by Cam Man - 10/16/13 at 7:59pm