Force Awakens Mini Review- SPOILER ALERT!!
Happy Easter to everyone. Hope y'all had a wonderful day celebrating with your families.
I was fortunate enough to snag a copy of The Force Awakens on blu-ray yesterday and just finished up watching it.
I also posted this over in the JBL thread....but the star of the show tonight were my dual Mariana 24's. This movie, in my room, really showed how AWESOME these subs are. I had my hair blown back, felt like my stomach was being churned(in a good way) and jumped out of my seat a couple of times. It was audio bliss for me! Having to dial down the subs was never something I did with previous systems....Very, VERY impressive.
While this was in the theaters, I saw it three times at three different theaters. Each time was with a different sound system and auditorium size. Overall, I was underwhelmed with the audio presentation in the theaters. The surrounds were weak and the LFE wasn't very effective...more than usual for a viewing in the theater.
IMO, the blu-ray release more than makes up for it. I was bummed that they didn't include an Atmos track on this release, but the DTS 7.1 soundtrack was outstanding.
I am not a big Sci-Fi fan, but I have always felt the impact of laser guns vs regular guns in home audio are different. That would be the only knock I would give this soundtrack. I felt every gun shot in my chest from John Wick, but as much in this movie. Now some scenes I did, but not nearly enough as I would have liked.
The real winner is the LFE. I had to adjust the volume twice and then halfway through the movie, drop the sub levels down by 4 db on my DSS Mariana 24's. Once I did that, I was able to adjust the volume back up and WOW the presentation was kicked up a notch. This is the first time I have had to do this since my system changes a month ago(especially on the subs) Every time Ryo was "using the force", the impact was intense. I could feel the hair on my legs and head move. It was night and day from the presentation in the theaters. Several scenes were borderline "scary". Towards the end when they are in the basement after discovering the light saber, the attack on the building begins. The first explosion made me jump out of my seat. The bass was that good and VERY tight. Kudos to the subs on that part.
No Atmos track meant the upmixer in my Anthem AVM60 was engaged. It didn't disappoint one bit. Clean, dynamic sound throughout the whole movie. The ships panned from speaker to speaker, both vertical and horizontal which gave my 8 JBL SCS-8's a great workout..
4722's +SCS-8's + DSS Mariana 24's = the best audio presentation, to date, I have had in my newly updated room!