Originally Posted by Jive Turkey
Bottom line after watching all six episodes (in sequence for the first time in my life), is these discs are messed up. There's no way they should have authored them to have so many issues with current and not very old players and receivers. There's no excuse why I should have back surround action only in PCM
, and only on episodes I-IV with the level of gear I own.
It's tiresome to hear that it's on the back of the gear manufacturers; that THEY have to keep up with all the ******** coming down the line from the disc people. Bluray has been around long enough, IMHO, that everthing should be uniform from one production house to another.
The sound mix on A New Hope sounds horrible
on my system. Yet none of the other five movies have problems and sound exactly as I'd expect them to.
Specifically, the opening theme over the crawl sounds like 200% timpani in the center for a good portion of it, and brass way off at the sides sort of as an afterthought. The strings seem better, but still not as loud as that timpani thundering away!
Then the Star Destroyer attacks the Rebel cruiser, and the sound effects are LOUD! So much so that I can barely hear any of the music, and have to turn down the volume after the opening theme to not go deaf.
Throughout the assault on the Rebel cruiser, I hear faint music in the background that I always remember being front an center. (Frankly, throughout the whole movie the music seems far too quiet.)
And in the scene with the trash compactor, especially when Luke is yelling at C3PO through the comlink, I hear distortion as if the vocal track was recorded at too high a gain and clipped.
I should note that the opening 20th Century Fox Home Video fanfare (the new one that plays before both the movie and the original fanfare) does not exhibit the same issues as the Star Wars theme played over the crawl.
I find it hard to believe that such a bad mix would slip through quality control, so I'm hoping that my disc is somehow defective...as unlikely as that seems.
I have a Panasonic DMP-BD310 and an Onkyo TX-SR805 with a Sharp Elite PRO-70X5FD. I'm using the dual HDMI out on the Blu-ray player (i.e., video to TV and audio to amplifier). I have the Blu-ray player set to PCM, although I did try it with Bitstream and it sounded the same.