Originally Posted by Franin
Ill let you know regarding the audio Todd. Hopefully its just the 3D disc, just curious mate did you try the 2D disc?
I actually did check out about an hour of the 2d disc last night and no real difference that I could tell. Also forum member thehun watched the 2d disc out of the same 3d set I bought and had the same complaints as me as far as the bass which he wrote about in a couple of threads including the audio tier thread here in the software forum. LFE was still strangely low in the mix during key moments where you would really expect it to be house shaking (like a scene early on in the film which you will see when you watch it). Like NealHanna mentions above, there is some LFE at times, but it is mostly in the music (and even that feels reserved to some degree IMO) with the effects LFE being held WAY back in the mix in general. Like he mentions, it is a strange mix as far as this goes and it sounds so off to me at times you wonder if there is some sort of mastering issue. Chances are it is just a creative decision though and maybe they decided to tone things way down due to this being a bit more geared towards kids since The Hobbit is more of a kids story? I dont know, but after you watch it let me know what you think. One thing is for sure though and that is the LFE in general is much less impressive and noticeably lacking vs the LOTR films. The best comparison I can give if you have heard these two films on DVD or blu ray is the movie 2012 and Revenge of the Sith both of which had similar issues where the low end portion of the track is VERY unconvincing in accordance with the on screen action to the point where you might start checking if your subs are on, turned up to where they should be, etc.......
Originally Posted by SoundsDif I'll have to admit I didn't notice a single scene where I felt my house was in an earthquake zone, so if there was LFE it wasn’t noticeable
. I would have thought the battle of the mountain giants would have been a house shaker, but it wasn’t really.
Same here and agreed. The scene you mention is a great example of a scene you would have expected house crushing LFE impact and it did not happen. It felt like it wanted to be there, but sounded as if it was strangely chopped off or turned way down or something.
For me it was unconvincing to the point that it took me out of the film which is how several other scenes felt as well like
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the dragon scene in the beginning of the film. When we get those two or three dragon steps in particular, I really expected this to hit like the Balrog footsteps in FOTR and this scene certainly warranted that type of LFE impact, but we hardly get a whimper of low end
.Edited by Toe - 3/21/13 at 10:07am