Originally Posted by craig john
I like to lose myself in the music or the movie as much as the next guy. It's just that when I get distracted by hearing things that are not "right", that takes me out of the suspension of disbelief. If find that, if I follow the science and do things according to the best practices, I don't get distracted nearly as often, and I can more easily lose myself in the content. Maybe you can ignore flaws more easily than others.
With movies, I think we may have very different thresholds of tolerance for not only flaws in the sound, but also for flaws in the actual CONTENT.
A movie could be presented to me on a flawless TV screen or projector accompanied by a flawless setup of speakers and subs, but all that flawless sound and sight would be completely irrelevant to me if the actual MOVIE ITSELF was a hopeless ordeal of cliched cardboard characters derived from Hollywood formulas and test audience focus groups, the dialogue a bunch of cliched vernacular, and the plot the standard Hollywood 3 act formula:
Act 1: set up easily recognizable and popularly sympathetic characters, and show what's at stake to them and/or THE WORLD.
Act 2: some sort of prolonged back-and-forth conflict, which in action movies usually means a bunch of car chases and/or fight scenes, etc.
Act 3: after seeming to lose against insurmountable odds the protagonists prevail at the last minute and the bad guys meet their doom and the universe is set right again. Yawn.
I find at least 80% of mainstream movies and TV shows available today to be like that, which means I can't stomach more than about 15 minutes of it. The sheer boredom would kill me.
If I had to choose, I would rather experience a movie with interesting/original characters, competent acting and dialogue, a less predictable plot arc, etc. in MONO and on a 32" 480i CRT than the other kind using $50,000 worth of a/v gear which to me would be the definition of putting lipstick on a pig.