Alright then, watched the remainder of JW. Watched TOMORROWLAND as well. Let me say that I'm not one to nitpick a reasonable effort, and JW is certainly that, but the sibilance issue earlier noted did not abate. It was mitigated by a TONE control adjustment, but the larger issue remained of the sound seemingly segmented into component frequencies which drew attention to the fact that it was an electronic facsimile. It never really seemed to come together as a cohesive whole for me.
Same observation vis a vis the low frequencies -- they didn't seem particularly bonded to the rest of the frequency spectrum. Sounded like sound effects to me. When lower frequencies were intended as part of the dino vocalizations, they did not generally seem fused within the roars, but erupted independently, albiet simultaneous to them. Also, and let me note, you're always likely to get out on a limb when trying to wrap words around a sound, but if I were to try to characterize the LF content of JW, it seemed of a more diffuse, "poofy", fog cloud type which kindof settled over or obfuscated the sonic landscape, as opposed to achieving instantaneous bonding with onscreen action.
To contrast, the LF in TOMORROWLAND slammed with solid impact like a dense fist, and some of the lowest tones had palpable, tactile gunk. Atmospheric flexion versus kind of a dispersed overbloom. Now of course there is great imprecision in those kinds of descriptions -- those were just the terms that came to mind to describe what I heard. Any impression is going to be room and system dependent, which is one very large reason why we seem to be hearing different things.
I'm fairly convinced the sibilance is a defect of the recording - it was distracting to me, took me out of the movie, but as to the LFE, I'm sure anyone else in a different environment will hear something entirely other. Now in MY environment, I'm fairly convinced most anyone else would hear what I'm hearing.
Now to a few system notes. I've been a member of AVS for many years -- possibly a decade or slightly more or slightly less. I don't advertise my system specifics -- not in my profile, have not generally made note of what components I have. As I pointed out above, I somehow got embroiled in a debate over the worthiness of a film track in another area, and kept getting this intimation that my gear must somehow be inferior -- that is the only thing that could possibly explain my disagreeing with the majority.
Eventually at length, I felt the need to disabuse the mob of this notion and used retail value as one shortcut indices of sonic fidelity -- not that a manufacturer can't put any price they want to on something, but if people pay that price, maybe there is a distinction of value there. Not only that, but my components have been very highly valued by reviewers who can critically evaluate all that the world has to offer. My main speakers, and I now have two pair, were purchased by the reviewer for STEREOPHILE after he reviewed some lesser MONTANA model.
That was very telling to me, but my ears had informed me years earlier that these were my speakers, but I was happy enough he agreed. I even assembled a good deal of what is now my permanent system before I even owned my own home -- that is how much sound means to me. As to my claim of $100K retail value -- that is not a boast, and comes about not because I am rich by any stretch of the imagination -- I assembled this system over a few decades and exploited every extreme technique to pinch pennies, including using disposable razors until they were more yanking out whiskers than shaving them, but this mission was high-priority!
-- Anyway, the basic system:
2 pairs MONTANA KAS speakers -- seven driver, four way, 400 lbs, 6' tall, works of art...
2 PLINIUS ODEON amps -- the best multichannel I've heard, tried PASS labs, KRELL, McIntosh, PROCEED, THETA, BRYSTON, SIMAUDIO, PARASOUND....
2 JTR CAPTIVATOR S2s -- 4K watts apiece, 20 amp dedicated circuits for each
1 pair MONTANA XPs for centers -- seven driver, four way, etc.
-- weak link is my MARANTZ 7702, but hard to invest in processors that lose value so precipitously after even months -- eventually I will upgrade, as did Ralph, to the 8802 or beyond...