It's just me again. With some music and movie updates. First the music. A while back I said that I tried some of the multi-channel modes for regular CD's and I said I was not to impressed. Well, that is still the case. I tried all of the music modes and Neural modes and while it sort of added something to the front stage, I got nothing from the surrounds. Not even ambient sounds. I would much rather listen to regular CD's in bypass mode. But, and this is a big one for me, MC SACD's sound incredible. SACD's that were mixed for all speakers from the get go are much better then regular CD's in one of the Integra's music modes. For ex, I listened to a Buddy Guy MC SACD' It was out of this world. While the drums, bass, and Buddy(guitar and vocals) were coming from the front, the other guitar players, were focused in the surround speakers. Meaning, when one of them took a solo it was in that speaker. It was really cool. I never heard it that good before. It made for a room filling experience where music was coming at you from all directions but you were still able to pick each person and instrument out. Again, I was really impressed with how good all of the focused music was coming from the surrounds was. And this is just with Chorus 705's as my surrounds. Sort of makes me wish I could put better surrounds back there. Another SACD that was like that was a disk from Guitar Shorty. It is also a MC disk and sounded equally good. Horns and other instruments coming from the surrounds were really good. This is going to make me look for more MC SACD's now.
I was also able to watch a few movies. I watched Transformers DOTM, Hanna, and The Avengers. All sounded great, even The Avengers which is supposed to be filtered. With the Crowson, it is still a great movie to watch. DOTM was of course fantastic but what really got me was Hanna. That movie had my Crowson going almost from the beginning of the movie to the end. I know people have said that this movie is great for bass but with the Crowson, it just brings it to another level. I am very pleased with how good each movie sounded. The Focal speakers really are fantastic for music and movies. At least in my room
. Anyway, two posts in a row in a short time I will just stop here.Edited by MIkeDuke - 2/11/13 at 11:37am