So, I had a few guests over to watch a flick last night. After becoming familiar with the AVR-1909 for the last week, I thought it would be the appropriate time to really break it in and demo a big-time action popcorn flick to see what lossless is really about.
After explaining "advanced audio" to my guests and that better picture quality was only half of the advantage of Blu-Ray, they looked at me in bewilderment. I just put the disc in and let the movie do the talking...
The movie: Hulk v2.0, aka 'The Incredible Hulk.' This movie featured a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround track (48kHz/24-bit). Needless to say, my guests sat through the movie with their jaws dropped and I with a silly childish grin on my face the whole time! Yowzers!
Everything about this audio track was top notch and reference quality in every way. Non-stop action. Surrounds were in full force the entire movie. The fight scenes had me giggling like a little school girl! Oh my!
After the movie, one of my guests said that my setup "sounded better than at the movies". Great compliment considering the sound came from a set of $249 Polk satellite speakers.
This may surprise some, but I pretty much agreed with my guest too. With the size of the room and the now Audyssey calibrated speakers to go along with lossless BD discs, I am quite amazed at the quality I was able to create in assembling this very inexpensive theater. Plus, the Berklines don't even compare to the public cinema! lol! Talk about comfort! Madone! Why would anyone go to a public theater again!?
Every once in a while I try and convince myself that I need to upgrade the speakers and I start shopping/researching online, but in the end, I'm still in awe of the entire HT experience coming from this room the way it is. Sure more expensive speakers may sound "better" and I can only improve on what I have know, but with the size of my room I must say these little Polks do an awesome job right now.
With that said, I am a little underwhelmed with my Sub (Polk PSW10).
If there is one aspect I feel can be improved in the HT, it would be in the subwoofer department. I have my eye on a few subs including the HSU STF-1
and the BIC H-100.
But until then, I will continue to enjoy my $5k HT.