I have a few thoughts on SW:TLJ audio and video to a lesser extent.
There are several aspects of the audio discussion that are being conflated or potentially drawing a false correlation.
Such as a lower average volume track is perceived as indeed being less dynamic. If the track volume is extremely too low than yes that can prove to be the case but in respects to SW:TLJ it is not remotely that low to be a concern.
Conflating aggressive loudness as being dynamic is a common misconception. Assuming the average dynamic range has been reduced with aggressive, or overly so with, dynamic range compression then that is antithetical to being truly dynamic. As in, a respectable difference between the loud and quieter passages in the mix.
In regards to SW:TLJ, I have not ripped neither the Atmos or DTSMA track and run them through the amplitude statistics of Adobe Audition, just yet; doing so will provide some understanding of how dynamic the tracks truly are apart from the average volume level. Despite that I have indeed observed what others have already mentioned and I found it quite surprising comparatively speaking how low the average volume is, however unlike others after turning the track up to a level I find acceptable it sounded just fine.
Personally found it refreshing, the audio did not sound nearly as canned as a lot of dynamic range compressed tracks often do.
With that said I understand why some/many feel this track is lacking in lower octave emphasis with various on screen action that typically would likely have some more thump. Assuming the actual mix has not been tampered with apart from the average volume then it may all indeed be stylistic choice, which I find curious in light of how loud Looper is on Blu-ray. I to would have preferred a bit more bass reinforcement with various bits but the portions that do have bass I felt sounded clean, reasonably deep -but fleeting examples, and dynamic.
Frankly it is quite perplexing to why the average volume is as low as it is, I did not hear anything that would warrant having the mix lowered that much. In relative comparison to the typical DTSMA track levels in my situation I had this track turned up by about 10dbs higher. Yet I found it comfortable to listen to, even when it got louder. Perhaps that is due to less aggressive dynamic range compression, which again have to take a look at the waveform if that is the case or maybe it is all due to a gentler EQ for the top end. Dunno man.
I enjoy TFA track but it has been compressed a fair bit and certain portions really sound canned due to the compression and limiting used to increase the average volume. I wonder if the home mix has compression applied than the original mix may contain. When the TFA 4K release comes along with an Atmos track it will be interesting to see if like with Oblivion there is a disparity in the mixes. Again I have no idea just my observational ramblings.
Oh the video, again watched the Blu-ray and, WTF is up with those elevated black levels, specifically with the space content. I seem to vaguely recall that being the case in the theater but that could be my memory being skewed by watching the BR.
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Last edited by KMFDMvsEnya; 03-29-2018 at 07:12 PM.