Originally Posted by Ralph Potts
Processor: Marantz AV8801 (setup for 9.2 channels)
Processing: Audyssey XT32 - DTS-Neo:X (tried straight decoding of the 7.1 channel encode with same results)
Reason: Dynamically supported sound, rich bass response, crystal clarity derived from a notably aggressive sound mix
So I ordered STID 3D ages ago. Of course, I was out of town when it released. Unable to watch, I followed this thread, and saw the two different sets of impressions unfold. I wondered which way we'd hear it once we finally got home.
So this week we get back. Fired up STID first chance. All looks and sounds great. We get to the scene early in the movie where
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
the distraught Dad blows up the research center. When it blows, I hear significant right front channel clatter. So disappointing. I hear the same problem two other times during the movie. (Watching with the wife, so can't hijack the movie into a forensics investigation until the next day.) First impressions are reference video and excellent audio, but for the disappointing extraneous noise / clipping.
Next night I have time to replicate conditions, and get the same loud clicking at the exact same points in the movie. Do it repeatedly so I can track and examine. Yup it's definitely right side. And elevated. Mains are 5 feet tall, but on replay, it's higher than that.
Turns out that STID is the first movie that is causing the fins in one of four HVAC vents in our HT room to vibrate audibly, producing a short, stacatto, popping noise. It's the right front vent, elevated from the LP.
Quick mechanical adjustment to the vent, and upon replay, the audio is absolutely clean from start to finish.
My two cents:
Audio Quality: At or near reference
Processor: Pioneer VSX-1120k
Processing: DD True HD
Impressions: Excellent audio presentation, great spatial presence and sound field in our theater, strong LFE (which was probably my biggest surprise based on some of the observations I've read), crystal clear dialogue, and yes, no doubt, aggressively mixed.
I'm certain that the people hearing issues are genuinely hearing them. I'm also certain that in our HT, there were no issues to be heard once the vent fins got adjusted.