"these observations (pearl harbor) are all pre-new-firmware expected this week, right?"
Yes, but now I'm not sure it will make any difference.
I was under the impression from what Jeff said previously about the f/w that it would handle setups better (that is, able to do them) but not necessarily change the sound, but from what he just said, that sounds doubtful as well.
"(I still respect you Noah, eve though you've just publically admitted to watching a "chick-flick!")"
Didn't know that, but that has to be more than compensated for by the abundance of vintage high power piston aircraft
About the bass again, I was particularly disappointed at the part where Cuba Gooding Jr grabs the antiaircraft guns; I've seen it mentioned several times as good subwoofer demo material.
I wonder if w/PCM there's an issue w/correct LFE levels as someone mentioned earlier.