First off, thanks again Ralph, always enjoy your reviews and your keeping the thread reasonably in line!
Whew....just got thru updating myself on this thread; I had read part of it here and there while on the road plus a bit in the master list of bass thread. Got home Monday and saw that Netflix was delivering mine (so 2d of course) on Tuesday so I could see/hear for myself and try a few things. Now that I watched twice wanted to comment.
Loved the movie overall! As to the reincarnation of Khan Noonien Singh in the form of gangly pale Benedict Cumberbatch.....at first seemed a bit odd, but as JJ Abrams said in the extras, he does do a damn good job. I don't mind them playing with the old scripts a bit, after all it is a new timeline. Reaching back to the Spock from another timeline to get Leonard Nimoy on screen a bit was okay by me. Still the original series is carried forward better than the later tv/movies did with the bald guy and the butch gal and the other story lines IMHO. Kirk and crew rules!
Picture quality was awesome flares and all (I really don't mind them and didn't really notice them as much as ST09 or Super8). Sound quality I rank very high but won't vote yet til I play with it some more.
I started at -10, as I find that a generally good starting point depending on the movie, and it seemed about right so left it there. First viewing Tuesday via a PS3 set to LPCM as is my usual setting, using Audyssey XT, but did up the sub a couple db based on what I'd read. Didn't find it all that harsh. Second viewing tonight (well, Wednesday night) but changed to bitstream and let my avr decode but also at -10. I think it was just a bit louder and a tad harsh this way. I did pull out my Omnimic towards the end tonight and was hitting 113-115 peaks in any case. Will play around some more both above and below -10 later. Also, have been sick, worse Tuesday than today so that might be an influence as was more nyquil in the system Tuesday. Neither run would I call fatiguing altho I think my neighbors may know I'm home again
Did expect a bit more low end, as it would seem to fit better in some scenes. I did not recently put ST09 in but will for a refresher from that perspective. I do think some of us get carried away with LFE expectations, especially when we can reproduce them (and I don't have the subwoofage some do here but I can get down fairly low teens without too much issue, not at reference, though). I would have liked more no doubt. Overall it still worked well.
I know sometimes there's too much LFE in some films....like I think someone said its sometimes inverse to the quality of the film and I think that can be the case, but I'm fairly new to the bass addiction thing and don't keep notes or anything
. Rewatched Dredd Monday night...that might be a candidate. I do like feeling the bass, though so would like the studios to leave us a choice if possible. Loved that link to the Film Tech forums and have more to read there but makes sense that the suits do these things, haven't met too many suits that don't leave things worse after they're done doing their jobs compared to those that actually build or create things.
I'll play some more then vote in the recent manner soon...making sure my head is cleared out and my impressions remain the same...
Ralph, maybe I missed it but curious at what level you usually listen at for your reviews? I like my movies fairly loud so KvE not sure how that -23 or -24 works but will give that a try too.