Originally Posted by Wampy1234
Back on topic, I'm having a different audio issue to most.
While watching it yesterday I noticed an annoying crackling distortion from some scene's, I don't believe it's clipping as I can hear the problem when I rewind the scene and play it at a much lower volume and it's happening only on dialogue so it's not in an action scene with much louder dynamic volume.
One scene for example is 32m.20s in where the dude says 'with you here now', another example is at 56m50s where bruce just finishes firing the gattling gun rounds and Alfred says 'I dont think you made it loud enough' You can hear a clear crackling noise,
I'm playing via the PS3 and I've tested with the Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital tracks, happens on both, I also wanted to eliminate the speakers as a cause, in 5.1 the distortion comes from the center speaker, this made it easy enough to test the speaker so I changed it to 2.1 stereo and this time it came from both L&R speakers so thats not the issue either.
Anyone else experienced this?
I was going to comment on how wonderful and impressive the sound was for this movie. Especially in the scene you mention with the lab test of the gunfire. That was friggin' loud while it played, and after Alfred mentions it, it made sense that it was unusually loud. I didn't notice any crackling, though (but maybe I was just blown out by how loud it was). If there was a scene I would expect to overload my system on line level, I'd imagine this should have been sufficient (but I didn't hear anything amiss). I use ps3 set to TrueHD and send pcm over hdmi, as well. To put the cherry on top, I ran the ps3 volume gain at +2 setting, since it was so quiet starting out. With the dynamics on this movie, I would fully expect it to clip something at +2 setting, but luckily, no sign of any trouble whatsoever. I know I cannot do this with the Matrix dvd's- the line level overload is very evident at that setting whenever those hover-thingies touchdown to the ground.
Another remarkable scene was the blowing up hospital scene. Along with the Joker's humor in that shot, the sound was impressive in that it went from just a regular loud rumbling to REALLY loud rumbling. I had to scramble for the volume on the remote (not because I was afraid for my system, but afraid I would surely be breaking the last straw of patience with the neighbors).
That scene was very impressive, though (and no sign of any overload for me).
This soundtrack is slickly refined and professionally constructed for top performance, imo. The bass is clear and dynamic whether it is quiet or loud. The dynamics are intense. The voicing is clear and natural (none of that lower midrange muddiness that I have strangely encountered on numerous recent big movies).
I only recall 2 moments where the soundtrack had a very odd sound. Ok, I don't remember what the 1st scene was, but the 2nd scene was the crashing helicopter towards the middle of the movie. In both scenes, the sound was momentarily very digitally compressed (like a bad mp3). I don't know how that is possible given that it was coming through TrueHD, but maybe it was something in the master? It's a small complaint, though, as the soundtrack is, by far, quite a fanfare.