Originally Posted by bsheldon
Monster low bass scenes that last a while:
WOW--pod emerging followed by the ray gun--still king. However, it has TONS of bass all over the place--you may not realize what you are missing way down low. The rays are very strong, but down crazy deep. It seems to last forever and will test the realibility of your sub amp. If it can handle this ran a few db's hot--it can handle anything.
Pulse--the actual "pulse" sound in the lab scene, simply amazing. Very deep and very powerful. It lasts almost 2 whole minutes. This will really let you know if you get to under 20hz with authority and just how durable your amp is.
FOTP--crash scene, tons of stuff at multiple frequencies. Pay close attention when the plane rolls--if your pants dont flap, shutter and then flap again, your sub missed a bit. There is a huge transition of bass there. The scene is totally different with an inferior sub. Great system dynamic test as well--tons of high level sound everywhere.
Nemo--Darla is still by far my favorite. Puts a smile on my face everytime. Very simple and straight forward. I have tried this on multiple subs--some GREAT, some just OK.
Favorite Bass Scene:
Haunting: The cold/door knocking scene--HUGE Slams and "the cold" is about a 3 second 22hz absolute wall flexing rumble fest--no wimpy subs need apply. Many just ignore it. Also real good ambient sounds for surrounds.
Favorite all around test scenes:
M&C: First battle scene--Crazy stupid bass--low slams and TONS of surround work. This scene has a bit of everything--lots of subtle noises, the sound of being out at sea, and then the havoc caused by the lovely cannons.
I can tell what kind of a sub I am dealing with after playing any one of these scenes. I gave a free lesson to a rookie salesguy at one of my local shops this past weekend with the Haunting scene.
Best of luck and enjoy.
This is exacty what I was loking for! Very detailed with stuff to listen for. I am actually now buying an audyssey pro kit so I can do my own calibration, and play around. My subs have 4 dsp programs, so I want to run 4 calibrations (using each dsp), and then compare the calibrations using some great LFE scenes. So this is invaluable.
I really need to limit it to 4-5 scenes as otherwise the process will take too long. So I am thinking:
WOW, Pulse, FOTP, M & C, and Hulk.
That is not a bad lineup.
Also, Spiderman 3 has a scene where that dude gets radiated or soemthing and turns into Sandman. When that thing is rotating around him.... your pants they be a flapping!
I also agree that Star Trek has some bass slam scenes. I only watched the first half the film or so, but there were plenty of cool moments already.
And the last 15 minutes of Hulk are ridiculous. When Hulk and the bad guy are running down the street on a collision course, the room is shaking as if they are actually in the room! Very cool.
Also...Haunting...is that on Blu ray or just DVD. I have the Haunting in connecticut, but that is a different movie I think.