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2012-06-19 11:11:15 AM
tachyontv.typepad.com
Ooooooh, how CLEVER, subby.

So, uh...wanna populate a planet with me?
 
2012-06-19 11:56:35 AM
Does it go up to 11?
 
2012-06-19 12:11:06 PM
Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science
 
2012-06-19 12:26:23 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science


SCIENCE!
 
2012-06-19 12:37:43 PM

Cythraul: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science

SCIENCE!


Came for this! Leaving satisfied.

Also...
a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net
Me rocking out on stage on accordion with Thomas Dolby (only 6 sound objects).
 
2012-06-19 12:57:32 PM
Can one actually "rock" out with an accordion?
 
2012-06-19 01:10:46 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Can one actually "rock" out with an accordion?


randomoverload.net

Yes. Yes, indeed.
 
2012-06-19 01:21:31 PM
media.tumblr.com
wut?!
 
2012-06-19 01:23:15 PM
" Dubley ?!?!?!"

cdn.okcimg.com
 
2012-06-19 01:23:43 PM
cdn.9laughs.com
 
2012-06-19 01:23:56 PM
Drive Fark into the river, Atmos! I command you to drive Fark into the river, Atmos!

/there, I just saved all your lives, biatch
 
2012-06-19 01:24:17 PM
+1 for the Doctor Who references.

/Why is one of the tags "Atlanta Braves"?
 
2012-06-19 01:24:37 PM
Can it reproduce 128 accordions simultaneously?

Also:

lalafauxbois.com

No reason.
 
2012-06-19 01:25:10 PM
I read nothing about this "drive your car into a river" feature.
 
2012-06-19 01:26:37 PM
I don't know what the headline is all about.

This makes me happy. And cool.

/dobly
 
2012-06-19 01:29:33 PM
 
2012-06-19 01:29:36 PM
" Yes, we'll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river; Gather with the saints at the river, That flows by the throne of God. "

blogs.amctv.com
 
2012-06-19 01:29:38 PM

aremmes: Can it reproduce 128 accordions simultaneously?


TMBG very interested in this technology.
 
2012-06-19 01:30:40 PM
I think this new sound system might be disorientating & dangerous.

I guess I have what one might call an... Atmos fear.
 
2012-06-19 01:30:59 PM
"....In a VAN, Down by the RIVER!!!!!"
blogs.riverfronttimes.com
 
2012-06-19 01:31:12 PM
When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.
 
2012-06-19 01:31:30 PM

Needlessly Complicated: +1 for the Doctor Who references.

/Why is one of the tags "Atlanta Braves"?


The Atlanta Braves drove themselves into the river many times when they should have won the World Series?
 
2012-06-19 01:31:51 PM
R.I.P. Dobbie the Elf

/doing it wrong
 
2012-06-19 01:32:03 PM

schattenteufel: I think this new sound system might be disorientating & dangerous.

I guess I have what one might call an... Atmos fear.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-19 01:34:38 PM
"Damn, damn, DAMN!".............. JAMES
www.wearysloth.com
/r.i.p Amos
 
2012-06-19 01:35:44 PM
gallifreyguardian.files.wordpress.com

/you all know this is a Doctor Who reference right?
 
2012-06-19 01:36:45 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-19 01:37:36 PM
Polish, turd, etc.
 
2012-06-19 01:39:08 PM
Theaters are really having a hard time convincing people they want to shell out $15 to sit next to someone texting through the whole movie.

Oh, but sound coming from the ceiling will make it all better.
 
2012-06-19 01:39:25 PM
Wiil it take all the brightness out of the source and make it sound marshmallow despair?
 
2012-06-19 01:40:46 PM
R.I.P. Dobby


(it's my first!)
 
2012-06-19 01:42:01 PM
"Turn it up! Tuuurrn it UPPPP!!"

thedvdexperience.online.fr
 
2012-06-19 01:42:42 PM

Cythraul: Does it go up to 11?


Maybe...but will they have these?

rediscover911.com
 
2012-06-19 01:43:15 PM
But but but the AMC ETX experience is the ultimate pinnacle of sound quality experience with 22 discrete mother farking channels of audio!! PAY FOR THE AUDIO EXPERIENCE BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T BUY OUR SALES PITCH THAT IT WAS JUST AS GOOD AS IMAX!!
 
2012-06-19 01:45:29 PM
Everyone always wants new things. Everybody likes new inventions, new technology. People will never be replaced by machines. In the end, life and business are about human connections. And computers are about trying to murder you in a lake. And to me, the choice is easy.
 
2012-06-19 01:48:07 PM

Cuchulane: When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.


What you do is drive to a very very white part of town. So white the only way you'll hear people talking during the movie is if they've been federally required to bus black people in.
 
2012-06-19 01:48:19 PM

Krieghund: Theaters are really having a hard time convincing people they want to shell out $15 to sit next to someone texting through the whole movie.

Oh, but sound coming from the ceiling will make it all better.


Sound coming from the ceiling is only half the story. In addition to the traditional 5+1 channels and the ceiling mounted speakers (already a total of 6 distinct sound channels), Atmos also supports up to 122 sound objects inside your rectum! That stretches belief! Never before has a sound system provided so much richness to the rear channels.

As a side effect, theaters expect less contraband to be smuggled into screenings.
 
2012-06-19 01:49:39 PM

Krieghund: Theaters are really having a hard time convincing people they want to shell out $15 to sit next to someone texting through the whole movie.

Oh, but sound coming from the ceiling will make it all better.


You don't have to sit next to someone texting through the whole movie, you know.
 
2012-06-19 01:50:42 PM
i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.
 
2012-06-19 01:53:09 PM

moof: Krieghund: Theaters are really having a hard time convincing people they want to shell out $15 to sit next to someone texting through the whole movie.

Oh, but sound coming from the ceiling will make it all better.

Sound coming from the ceiling is only half the story. In addition to the traditional 5+1 channels and the ceiling mounted speakers (already a total of 6 distinct sound channels), Atmos also supports up to 122 sound objects inside your rectum! That stretches belief! Never before has a sound system provided so much richness to the rear channels.

As a side effect, theaters expect less contraband to be smuggled into screenings.


I've seen a reality show concept that was similar to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9yLKnC5bho (NSFW language)
 
2012-06-19 01:54:47 PM
I refuse to attend any movie screening which does not take place inside of the 828-speaker spherical ampitheatre in the West German pavilion at Expo '70.
 
2012-06-19 01:58:07 PM

frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.


In 5 years you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

/Remember CRT's and their 1024x768 resolutions?
//Or When we didn't all have mobile phones everywhere we went?
///Or PC's and Laptops with Wi-Fi access points every 50 feet?
 
2012-06-19 02:00:18 PM
New fancy sound system plays 128 sounds at once.


Listens to sample video through sh*tty desktop computer speakers.
 
2012-06-19 02:02:15 PM
So basically it's Active-X sound for movies? Maybe closer to Creative's Environmental audio?
 
2012-06-19 02:02:36 PM
Can the human ear even discern 128 different sounds that are being played simultaneously?
 
2012-06-19 02:02:54 PM

altrocks: //Or When we didn't all have mobile phones everywhere we went?


Still don't have that.
 
2012-06-19 02:04:07 PM
id417.van.ca.securedata.net

With 128-note polyphony!

/hotlinked
 
2012-06-19 02:07:12 PM

wildcardjack: Cuchulane: When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.

What you do is drive to a very very white part of town. So white the only way you'll hear people talking during the movie is if they've been federally required to bus black people in.


No, white people talk during movies too. They also text. Sorry, try again.
 
2012-06-19 02:08:15 PM
farking sound engineers.

They can't even get a stereo mix right, and they want to add an 8th speaker?

While we're at it why don't we have vibrating buttplugs on the seats tied to the sound system so everyone can have a speaker up their ass.
 
2012-06-19 02:08:38 PM

bazzanoid: [cdn.9laughs.com image 624x558]


I've always wanted to know- what kind of bird is that?!
 
2012-06-19 02:10:33 PM

Jozabad: No, white people talk during movies too. They also text. Sorry, try again.


White people text and answer phone calls.
Black people talk loudly with the people they came with.
Asians drive a car through the theater wall while trying to park.
Jews get a refund because of all the whites blacks and asians ruining their movie.

/Stereotyping is fun!
 
2012-06-19 02:10:39 PM

Thats_Not_My_Baby: bazzanoid: [cdn.9laughs.com image 624x558]

I've always wanted to know- what kind of bird is that?!


It's a Pelican.
 
2012-06-19 02:13:13 PM
Dr. Who sucks.

/that's right I said it
 
2012-06-19 02:18:06 PM

Thats_Not_My_Baby: bazzanoid: [cdn.9laughs.com image 624x558]

I've always wanted to know- what kind of bird is that?!


Eastern White Pelican / Great White Pelican.
 
2012-06-19 02:18:29 PM

frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.


Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.

Also, for those curious which theaters have this new sound system:

• AMC® BarryWoods 24 (Kansas City, MO)
• AMC Burbank 16 (Burbank, CA)
• AMC Century City 15 (Century City, CA)
• AMC Downtown Disney 24 (Lake Buena Vista, FL)
• AMC Garden State 16 (Paramus, NJ)
• AMC Van Ness 14 (San Francisco, CA)
• ArcLight Sherman Oaks (Sherman Oaks, CA)
• Brenden Theatres at the Palms (Las Vegas, NV)
• Century at Pacific Commons and XD (Fremont, CA)
• Cinemark® West Plano and XD (West Plano, TX)
• SilverCity-Yonge Eglington Cinemas (Cineplex) (Toronto, ON)
• Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23 (Vancouver, WA)
• El Capitan Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
• Kerasotes ShowPlace™ ICON at Roosevelt Collection (Chicago, IL)

From: http://m.engadget.com/2012/06/16/dolby -atmos-brave-theater-locations/
 
2012-06-19 02:18:30 PM

Ghastly: Cythraul: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science

SCIENCE!

Came for this! Leaving satisfied.

Also...
[a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x426]
Me rocking out on stage on accordion with Thomas Dolby (only 6 sound objects).


I love you, Goodbye?
 
2012-06-19 02:20:01 PM

PsyLord: Can the human ear even discern 128 different sounds that are being played simultaneously?


Of course not, but he's got a wallet and a brain that can be duped into paying a little extra for what he can't here.
 
2012-06-19 02:20:04 PM

Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.

Also, for those curious which theaters have this new sound system:

• AMC® BarryWoods 24 (Kansas City, MO)
• AMC Burbank 16 (Burbank, CA)
• AMC Century City 15 (Century City, CA)
• AMC Downtown Disney 24 (Lake Buena Vista, FL)
• AMC Garden State 16 (Paramus, NJ)
• AMC Van Ness 14 (San Francisco, CA)
• ArcLight Sherman Oaks (Sherman Oaks, CA)
• Brenden Theatres at the Palms (Las Vegas, NV)
• Century at Pacific Commons and XD (Fremont, CA)
• Cinemark® West Plano and XD (West Plano, TX)
• SilverCity-Yonge Eglington Cinemas (Cineplex) (Toronto, ON)
• Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23 (Vancouver, WA)
• El Capitan Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
• Kerasotes ShowPlace™ ICON at Roosevelt Collection (Chicago, IL)

From: http://m.engadget.com/2012/06/16/dolby -atmos-brave-theater-locations/


Just another way for them to justify jacking up the price of tickets by another $3-4.
 
2012-06-19 02:20:12 PM

bazzanoid: Thats_Not_My_Baby: bazzanoid: [cdn.9laughs.com image 624x558]

I've always wanted to know- what kind of bird is that?!

Eastern White Pelican / Great White Pelican.


/or pink-backed pelican. the pure yellow beak suggests it's the pink-backed, but the yellow blaze on the chest says eastern white.....
//either way, it's a pelican
 
2012-06-19 02:20:56 PM
I rather see the industry crackdown on the improperly calibrated sound systems.

Probably about half the movies I see the sound is painfully too loud, treble and bass totally off, etc. Any subtly in the mix is destroyed. When I watch the movies on my home theater system (Blu-ray DTS HD) there's a whole new level of clarity. There's something wrong when I'm getting a better audio experience at home.
 
2012-06-19 02:24:14 PM

fluffy2097: farking sound engineers.

They can't even get a stereo mix right, and they want to add an 8th speaker?

While we're at it why don't we have vibrating buttplugs on the seats tied to the sound system so everyone can have a speaker up their ass.


Heh... I've seen movies in IMAX, but never in CLIMAX.
 
2012-06-19 02:25:38 PM

Nurglitch: Krieghund: Theaters are really having a hard time convincing people they want to shell out $15 to sit next to someone texting through the whole movie.

Oh, but sound coming from the ceiling will make it all better.

You don't have to sit next to someone texting through the whole movie, you know.


No, it's usually worse. It's usually some jackass a few rows in front of me. Close enough that giant smart phone screen ruins the movie and too far to Gibs slap on the head.

Once and a while I try the theater again and on most occasions I wish I had stayed home and waited for Netflix. (Although Avengers was totally worth it)
 
2012-06-19 02:27:26 PM

Cythraul: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science

SCIENCE!


Always came across as a Talking Heads ripoff, IMO.
 
2012-06-19 02:27:31 PM

Tapakip: Dr. Who sucks.

/that's right I said it


Ever since Tom Baker left.
 
2012-06-19 02:27:41 PM
Damn. My home theater only has 127 speakers.
 
2012-06-19 02:28:17 PM

bazzanoid: bazzanoid: Thats_Not_My_Baby: bazzanoid: [cdn.9laughs.com image 624x558]

I've always wanted to know- what kind of bird is that?!

Eastern White Pelican / Great White Pelican.

/or pink-backed pelican. the pure yellow beak suggests it's the pink-backed, but the yellow blaze on the chest says eastern white.....
//either way, it's a pelican


I guess I never realized pelicans were so damn big.
 
2012-06-19 02:29:01 PM

fluffy2097: They can't even get a stereo mix right, and they want to add an 8th speaker?


I just wish sound engineers would stop putting the "loud stuff" a trillion decibels above the dialog. Movies are STORIES about PEOPLE, not about explosions.
 
2012-06-19 02:29:53 PM

Ghastly: Cythraul: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science

SCIENCE!

Came for this! Leaving satisfied.

Also...
[a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x426]
Me rocking out on stage on accordion with Thomas Dolby (only 6 sound objects).


Is that at the Mod Club in Toronto? I was at that show.
 
2012-06-19 02:31:01 PM

ChrisDe: Damn. My home theater only has 127 speakers.


ChrisDe: Damn. My home theater only has 127 speakers.


Not me. I finally got my googlephonic system with the moon rock needle. It sounds OK.
 
2012-06-19 02:31:12 PM

Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.
 
2012-06-19 02:35:25 PM

Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.

Also, for those curious which theaters have this new sound system:

• AMC® BarryWoods 24 (Kansas City, MO)
• AMC Burbank 16 (Burbank, CA)
• AMC Century City 15 (Century City, CA)
• AMC Downtown Disney 24 (Lake Buena Vista, FL)
• AMC Garden State 16 (Paramus, NJ)
• AMC Van Ness 14 (San Francisco, CA)
• ArcLight Sherman Oaks (Sherman Oaks, CA)
• Brenden Theatres at the Palms (Las Vegas, NV)
• Century at Pacific Commons and XD (Fremont, CA)
• Cinemark® West Plano and XD (West Plano, TX)
• SilverCity-Yonge Eglington Cinemas (Cineplex) (Toronto, ON)
• Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23 (Vancouver, WA)
• El Capitan Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
• Kerasotes ShowPlace™ ICON at Roosevelt Collection (Chicago, IL)

From: http://m.engadget.com/2012/06/16/dolby -atmos-brave-theater-locations/


Awesome, Gonna be in Vegas in July, and while I don't normally go see a movie while there, The Dark Knight Rises releases while I'm there. Looks like I'll be making a trip to the Palms.
 
2012-06-19 02:41:22 PM

redmid17: Everyone always wants new things. Everybody likes new inventions, new technology. People will never be replaced by machines. In the end, life and business are about human connections. And computers are about trying to murder you in a lake. And to me, the choice is easy.


I wonder if a gift basket would ease your worries.
 
2012-06-19 02:43:16 PM
Joel, can you come in here, please. (Looks at Stereo) Do you hear anything odd, Joel? A preponderence of bass perhaps? This is not a toy for you and your friends to play with, Joel. You will be expected to use it properly or you will not use it at all.
 
2012-06-19 02:43:42 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-06-19 02:46:04 PM

SpectroBoy: ChrisDe: Damn. My home theater only has 127 speakers.

ChrisDe: Damn. My home theater only has 127 speakers.

Not me. I finally got my googlephonic system with the moon rock needle. It sounds OK.


That's cause you have shiatty cables my man.

You have *got* to have these or go home to your cardboard box

www.pearcable.com

/12 foot pair -ONLY $7250
 
2012-06-19 02:46:08 PM
Annnnnd their midnight showing is already sold out! But since it's Vegas, they added a showing at 3:15am, haha. Love it.
 
2012-06-19 02:48:15 PM

SpectroBoy: fluffy2097: They can't even get a stereo mix right, and they want to add an 8th speaker?

I just wish sound engineers would stop putting the "loud stuff" a trillion decibels above the dialog. Movies are STORIES about PEOPLE, not about explosions.


If you can understand what the actors are saying, why would you need to see it again to get all the things you missed the first time?
 
2012-06-19 02:48:57 PM

TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.


yeah, no. I can turn the center all the way up and it would still get drowned. simply adding a second center channel fixed the problem nicely, and I don't have to keep adjusting the goddamned volume (turn it way up to hear people talking during quiet scenes, and then BOOM BOOM BOOM quickly turn the sound down because something exploded, the music went psycho, guns start blazing, ect).
 
2012-06-19 02:49:23 PM

PsyLord: Can the human ear even discern 128 different sounds that are being played simultaneously?


you've never heard my father play the butt trumpet!
 
2012-06-19 02:50:59 PM
Dammit, Dinobot beat me to it. :-(
 
2012-06-19 02:51:55 PM

Captain Steroid: Dammit, Dinobot beat me to it. :-(


I was surprised I was the first one to post it actually.

/)
 
2012-06-19 02:53:05 PM

SpectroBoy:
I just wish sound engineers would stop putting the "loud stuff" a trillion decibels above the dialog. Movies are STORIES about PEOPLE, not about explosions.


But that's really the only reason I go to a movie nowadays - to go to a theater with near-bowel-emptying sound.
I can stay at home to watch a movie with just dialog, with no real benefit from going to see it in a theater.
 
2012-06-19 02:53:07 PM

frepnog: TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.

yeah, no. I can turn the center all the way up and it would still get drowned. simply adding a second center channel fixed the problem nicely, and I don't have to keep adjusting the goddamned volume (turn it way up to hear people talking during quiet scenes, and then BOOM BOOM BOOM quickly turn the sound down because something exploded, the music went psycho, guns start blazing, ect).


Sounds like you paralleled your center channels. The drop in impedance would cause a volume increase. Just be sure you don't drop below the minimum allowable or you will loose that channel.
 
rpm
2012-06-19 02:54:47 PM

Cuchulane: When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.


It's called an "usher", try going to a place with one or more of those installed.
 
2012-06-19 02:59:14 PM
why is the main character named after shiat?

/mierda
 
2012-06-19 03:01:04 PM
Chip Douglas: I got you the big screen TV, deluxe karaoke machine, and THX quality sound that would make George Lucas cream in his pants!
 
2012-06-19 03:03:54 PM

Bubba_the_Hutt: Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


The guy who's being paid to master the farking audio could possibly, maybe do his job too. That would work a hell of a lot better then assuming that someone can just turn up the center channel, or has one at all.
 
2012-06-19 03:04:41 PM

Wobble: frepnog: TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.

yeah, no. I can turn the center all the way up and it would still get drowned. simply adding a second center channel fixed the problem nicely, and I don't have to keep adjusting the goddamned volume (turn it way up to hear people talking during quiet scenes, and then BOOM BOOM BOOM quickly turn the sound down because something exploded, the music went psycho, guns start blazing, ect).

Sounds like you paralleled your center channels. The drop in impedance would cause a volume increase. Just be sure you don't drop below the minimum allowable or you will loose that channel.


yep. parallel. works fine.
 
2012-06-19 03:10:09 PM

rpm: Cuchulane: When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.

It's called an "usher", try going to a place with one or more of those installed.


Great mildly amusing Joke...

Female Patron at the theater: "Usher! Usher!! This man next to me is masturbating!"
Usher: "Well why don't you just get up and move to another seat?!?!"
Female Patron at the theater: " I can't. He's using *my* hand!!!!


/Bah Dum TISH!!!
 
2012-06-19 03:12:52 PM
This sounds like quite a strategem
 
2012-06-19 03:14:07 PM

Tapakip: Dr. Who sucks.

/that's right I said it


Uh oh, don't be surprised if your neutron flow is suddenly reversed!
 
2012-06-19 03:15:25 PM
Not to be confused with Doby, Larry

i.cdn.turner.com
 
2012-06-19 03:17:41 PM

frepnog: TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.

yeah, no. I can turn the center all the way up and it would still get drowned. simply adding a second center channel fixed the problem nicely, and I don't have to keep adjusting the goddamned volume (turn it way up to hear people talking during quiet scenes, and then BOOM BOOM BOOM quickly turn the sound down because something exploded, the music went psycho, guns start blazing, ect).


That dolby surround doesn't have an option for dynamic environments so you don't have overtly loud or quiet? I understand it's a computer and it's not as robust as a dedicated amp like I have but you would think it would have some check box to help level out that crap out.
 
2012-06-19 03:23:27 PM

Thats_Not_My_Baby: bazzanoid: [cdn.9laughs.com image 624x558]

I've always wanted to know- what kind of bird is that?!


I always thought that was a pelican.
 
2012-06-19 03:25:37 PM
On the plus side Dolby Atmos, sounds way better than Dolby Stamos.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-06-19 03:30:42 PM

TheGhostofFarkPast: frepnog: TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.

yeah, no. I can turn the center all the way up and it would still get drowned. simply adding a second center channel fixed the problem nicely, and I don't have to keep adjusting the goddamned volume (turn it way up to hear people talking during quiet scenes, and then BOOM BOOM BOOM quickly turn the sound down because something exploded, the music went psycho, guns start blazing, ect).

That dolby surround doesn't have an option for dynamic environments so you don't have overtly loud or quiet? I understand it's a computer and it's not as robust as a dedicated amp like I have but you would think it would have some check box to help level out that crap out.


i run the pc thru my home theater receiver. have played with every setting i could find. messed with audio settings in the players, farked with the receiver settings, shifted speakers around, and not much would change it. voices would get drowned. I know I am not imagining the problem since so many others have the same thing - have to CRANK the volume just to hear the characters speak during quiet scenes and quickly turn it down some when the action starts. it is farking annoying. and was solved by doubling the center.

and from time to time STILL have the problem because I am convinced sound engineers hate us.
 
2012-06-19 03:31:50 PM

TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.


Also making sure everything is calibrated properly makes a big difference. I had a neighbor who calibrated my first receiver and when I replaced that one I made sure to get one that auto calibrates.

I'll have to check out "el cielo." My favorite song to demo my home theater system is, as phd as it may sound, "Money for Nothing" turned up really, really loud.
 
2012-06-19 03:34:41 PM

Bubba_the_Hutt: TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.

Also making sure everything is calibrated properly makes a big difference. I had a neighbor who calibrated my first receiver and when I replaced that one I made sure to get one that auto calibrates.

I'll have to check out "el cielo." My favorite song to demo my home theater system is, as phd as it may sound, "Money for Nothing" turned up really, really loud.


I hate to say it, but if i really want to show off my sound system, I throw in "Avatar". The movie sucks but the surround is some of the most incredible sound design I have ever heard.
 
2012-06-19 03:38:50 PM

fluffy2097: Bubba_the_Hutt: Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.

The guy who's being paid to master the farking audio could possibly, maybe do his job too. That would work a hell of a lot better then assuming that someone can just turn up the center channel, or has one at all.


I agree that one shouldn't have to buy a surround system just to enjoy a movie. When DVDs first came out the sound was terrible.

An alternative to turning up the center channell is placing the thing squarly in your lap. Also works with subwoofers...
 
2012-06-19 03:40:44 PM

Jozabad: wildcardjack: Cuchulane: When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.

What you do is drive to a very very white part of town. So white the only way you'll hear people talking during the movie is if they've been federally required to bus black people in.

No, white people talk during movies too. They also text. Sorry, try again.


I saw Prometheus the night it came out and the pasty-white 20-somethings with probably their first ever girlfriends would not STFU blabbering on about who killed who in Call of Duty during the movie.
 
2012-06-19 03:43:01 PM

fanbladesaresharp: Jozabad: wildcardjack: Cuchulane: When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.

What you do is drive to a very very white part of town. So white the only way you'll hear people talking during the movie is if they've been federally required to bus black people in.

No, white people talk during movies too. They also text. Sorry, try again.

I saw Prometheus the night it came out and the pasty-white 20-somethings with probably their first ever girlfriends would not STFU blabbering on about who killed who in Call of Duty during the movie.


I have yet to see this behavior in a movie theater ever. I must be the luckiest guy alive or the people on Fark who biatch about this all the time are the unluckiest.
 
2012-06-19 03:56:10 PM

ChipNASA: SpectroBoy: ChrisDe: Damn. My home theater only has 127 speakers.

ChrisDe: Damn. My home theater only has 127 speakers.

Not me. I finally got my googlephonic system with the moon rock needle. It sounds OK.

That's cause you have shiatty cables my man.
You have *got* to have these or go home to your cardboard box

[www.pearcable.com image 500x500]

/12 foot pair -ONLY $7250


I'm going to need a new analog tube amp to go with my Jensen speakers.
 
2012-06-19 04:07:43 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Can one actually "rock" out with an accordion?



25.media.tumblr.com
HATERS GONNA HATE
 
2012-06-19 04:10:46 PM

aphyd: Ghastly: Cythraul: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science

SCIENCE!

Came for this! Leaving satisfied.

Also...
[a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x426]
Me rocking out on stage on accordion with Thomas Dolby (only 6 sound objects).

Is that at the Mod Club in Toronto? I was at that show.


I know, I saw you in the audience and it made my kilt move.
 
2012-06-19 04:16:27 PM

AngryJailhouseFistfark: Ghastly: Cythraul: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science

SCIENCE!

Came for this! Leaving satisfied.

Also...
[a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x426]
Me rocking out on stage on accordion with Thomas Dolby (only 6 sound objects).

I love you, Goodbye?


Just drove my dirty Datsun into the Gulf of Mexico.
 
2012-06-19 04:17:31 PM

frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.


You just need to disable the normalizer. It boosts some parts of the audio stream and quiets down other parts, with a proper sound system this isn't necessary, you just need to run it at almost full volume. Could also set the balance to boost the output to the center speaker.

/My home theater setup is better than being at the movies
 
2012-06-19 04:19:07 PM

fanbladesaresharp:
I saw Prometheus the night it came out and the pasty-white 20-somethings with probably their first ever girlfriends would not STFU blabbering on about who killed who in Call of Duty during the movie.


And the sad thing was it was probably the most intelligent dialogue of that entire movie.
 
2012-06-19 04:21:10 PM
The Audience Is Hemorraging [tm RiffTrax]
 
2012-06-19 04:21:49 PM

Ghastly:
Me rocking out on stage on accordion with Thomas Dolby (only 6 sound objects).


I was at that show!
 
2012-06-19 04:23:54 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Can one actually "rock" out with an accordion?


farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2012-06-19 04:26:12 PM

CavalierEternal: AdolfOliverPanties: Can one actually "rock" out with an accordion?

[farm8.staticflickr.com image 427x640]


Oh man! I sooooo want one of those Roland physical modelled accordions.
 
2012-06-19 04:27:55 PM

rpm: Cuchulane: When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.

It's called an "usher", try going to a place with one or more of those installed.


A theater with ushers on duty that will speak up to people talking during a movie? That's called "Fantasy Land".
 
2012-06-19 04:28:25 PM

Ghastly: fanbladesaresharp:
I saw Prometheus the night it came out and the pasty-white 20-somethings with probably their first ever girlfriends would not STFU blabbering on about who killed who in Call of Duty during the movie.

And the sad thing was it was probably the most intelligent dialogue of that entire movie.


Well to be fair, it is hard to hold a discussion with space eels diving down your throats.Or should that be space sperm with teeth, being that everyone that "ate" one was impregnated with them?
 
2012-06-19 04:30:04 PM

frepnog: TheGhostofFarkPast: frepnog: TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.

yeah, no. I can turn the center all the way up and it would still get drowned. simply adding a second center channel fixed the problem nicely, and I don't have to keep adjusting the goddamned volume (turn it way up to hear people talking during quiet scenes, and then BOOM BOOM BOOM quickly turn the sound down because something exploded, the music went psycho, guns start blazing, ect).

That dolby surround doesn't have an option for dynamic environments so you don't have overtly loud or quiet? I understand it's a computer and it's not as robust as a dedicated amp like I have but you would think it would have some check box to help level out that crap out.

i run the pc thru my home theater receiver. have played with every setting i coul ...


Its your sound card and/or speaker setup. The logic board for my speakers tends to play dialog/music vocals/etc very loud and crisp when compared to SFX/etc. Its the way it reads the signal and amplifies parts of the audio spectrum. I play movies/games/music in 5.1 with normalizer disabled and it sounds perfect every time, regardless of DTS/AC3/MP3 source. I tuned the balance/fade for my speakers once and haven't had to touch it.
 
2012-06-19 04:35:13 PM
www.atmosenergy.com
This could get confusing.
 
2012-06-19 04:36:04 PM

Thats_Not_My_Baby: bazzanoid: [cdn.9laughs.com image 624x558]

I've always wanted to know- what kind of bird is that?!


Her name is Sarah and I believe she is an Australian zookeeper.
 
2012-06-19 04:38:35 PM
All this sounds like a fancy way of saying they turned up the volume another 20%. Farking theaters are getting too loud. I already bring ear plugs to the movies.

/My lawn, please be making your way off it.
 
2012-06-19 04:45:30 PM
I will be seeing Brave this weekend so I am getting a kick out of this thread. At the drive-in though, so I don't know how this affects me. Unless I glue extra speakers to the roof...
 
2012-06-19 04:49:41 PM

Cuchulane: When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.


Gus, Don't be Burgess Meredith on the Twilight Zone.
 
2012-06-19 05:04:03 PM

Ghastly: aphyd: Ghastly: Cythraul: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science

SCIENCE!

Came for this! Leaving satisfied.

Also...
[a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x426]
Me rocking out on stage on accordion with Thomas Dolby (only 6 sound objects).

Is that at the Mod Club in Toronto? I was at that show.

I know, I saw you in the audience and it made my kilt move.


I had the same effect on Frankie Yankovic.
 
2012-06-19 05:04:44 PM

TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.


Most recordings nowadays are actually mastered for car stereos. Since thats where people do like 90% of their non headphone listening, and why bother mastering specifically for shiatty earbuds.
 
2012-06-19 05:05:40 PM
DAMN it, I just had a room built around my new 7.1 system....now I have to burn it down and start over....
 
2012-06-19 05:07:02 PM

Langdon Alger: Chip Douglas: I got you the big screen TV, deluxe karaoke machine, and THX quality sound that would make George Lucas cream in his pants!


Now THAT'S a solid.
 
2012-06-19 05:16:06 PM

frepnog: i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.


That can be said for the entire entertainment industry. People watch movies because they are neat, not because they are necessary.

PsyLord: Can the human ear even discern 128 different sounds that are being played simultaneously?


Unlikely, but the human eye not being able to discern images moving really fast doesn't seem to keep people from going to the movies. It's kinda the entire point, really.
 
2012-06-19 05:16:40 PM

Thats_Not_My_Baby: bazzanoid: bazzanoid: Thats_Not_My_Baby: bazzanoid: [cdn.9laughs.com image 624x558]

I've always wanted to know- what kind of bird is that?!

Eastern White Pelican / Great White Pelican.

/or pink-backed pelican. the pure yellow beak suggests it's the pink-backed, but the yellow blaze on the chest says eastern white.....
//either way, it's a pelican

I guess I never realized pelicans were so damn big.


Glorified version of a pelican.
Glorified version of a pelican...

/Eddie Vedder was an ornithologist
 
2012-06-19 05:26:52 PM

frepnog: yeah, no. I can turn the center all the way up and it would still get drowned. simply adding a second center channel fixed the problem nicely, and I don't have to keep adjusting the goddamned volume (turn it way up to hear people talking during quiet scenes, and then BOOM BOOM BOOM quickly turn the sound down because something exploded, the music went psycho, guns start blazing, ect).

i run the pc thru my home theater receiver. have played with every setting i could ...


You need a receiver with Dolby Volume. It levels out the loud and the soft, and the center channel doesn't lose clarity.

Dolby Digital and Dolby TrueHD (which Iron Man 1 was in) all allow night mode settings on most receivers. DTS & DTS-HD MA sound (which Iron Man 2 is in) do not. So Dolby came up with Dolby Volume to add this capability to non-Dolby formats.
 
MCM
2012-06-19 05:49:36 PM

Cuchulane: rpm: Cuchulane: When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.

It's called an "usher", try going to a place with one or more of those installed.

A theater with ushers on duty that will speak up to people talking during a movie? That's called "Fantasy Land".


After going to the Arclight, I don't know if I could go to a regular theater again. They're very strict about talking/texting during movies, but the best thing is being able to buy your tickets with reserved seats through their website. Being able to walk into the theater 5-10 minutes before the movie starts and have perfect seats waiting for you is great. I'm also right up the street from their Sherman Oaks location, which is on the list of theaters with this new sound system =)
 
2012-06-19 06:00:54 PM
Post 128
 
2012-06-19 06:00:57 PM

schattenteufel: I think this new sound system might be disorientating & dangerous.

I guess I have what one might call an... Atmos fear.


That was actually a pretty cool boardgame.

Also, Subby, I'd call you a genius except I'm in the room.
 
2012-06-19 06:09:58 PM

AllUpInYa: But that's really the only reason I go to a movie nowadays - to go to a theater with near-bowel-emptying sound.
I can stay at home to watch a movie with just dialog, with no real benefit from going to see it in a theater.


Wow. I get that. I still don't like it. But I get it.

I guess I am spoiled in that my surround system is moderately bad-ass. It's not "audiophile gold cable with pure mink covers" bad-ass, but it will tickle internal organs on occasion.
 
2012-06-19 06:10:26 PM

MCM:

After going to the Arclight, I don't know if I could go to a regular theater again. They're very strict about talking/texting during movies, but the best thing is being able to buy your tickets with reserved seats through their website. Being able to walk into the theater 5-10 minutes before the movie starts and have perfect seats waiting for you is great. I'm also right up the street from their Sherman Oaks location, which is on the list of theaters with this new sound system =)


The picture of the audience on their website says a lot. Suits?

img265.imageshack.us
 
2012-06-19 06:12:59 PM

Langdon Alger: Joel, can you come in here, please. (Looks at Stereo) Do you hear anything odd, Joel? A preponderence of bass perhaps? This is not a toy for you and your friends to play with, Joel. You will be expected to use it properly or you will not use it at all.


What the fark.
 
2012-06-19 06:30:58 PM

Uzzah: Langdon Alger: Joel, can you come in here, please. (Looks at Stereo) Do you hear anything odd, Joel? A preponderence of bass perhaps? This is not a toy for you and your friends to play with, Joel. You will be expected to use it properly or you will not use it at all.

What the fark.


Hehe.

/hookers
 
2012-06-19 06:33:07 PM

Uzzah: Langdon Alger: Joel, can you come in here, please. (Looks at Stereo) Do you hear anything odd, Joel? A preponderence of bass perhaps? This is not a toy for you and your friends to play with, Joel. You will be expected to use it properly or you will not use it at all.

What the fark.


Sometimes you just have to say "What the f#ck."
 
2012-06-19 07:15:42 PM

Ghastly: Cythraul: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science

SCIENCE!

Came for this! Leaving satisfied.

Also...
[a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x426]
Me rocking out on stage on accordion with Thomas Dolby (only 6 sound objects).


LOVE IT! Is that a utilikilt?
 
2012-06-19 07:26:44 PM
So, this is Dolby Atmos?

img2-2.timeinc.net
 
2012-06-19 07:37:22 PM

SpectroBoy: fluffy2097: They can't even get a stereo mix right, and they want to add an 8th speaker?

I just wish sound engineers would stop putting the "loud stuff" a trillion decibels above the dialog. Movies are STORIES about PEOPLE, not about explosions.


Heh, I wanted to say something along those lines. I'll take a crystal-clear, well-done stereo mix over a crappy surround mix any day. On those rare occasions where anything interesting happens in the back channels at all, the theatre's sound system is still a pile of air-pumping ass. Lots of noise, no fidelity.

I get to listen to, and see, movie and TV soundtracks as part of my job. It's wild to see the dynamic range of many films, old and new. Everyone's ears are overdriven from the sudden blasts of meganoise, so theatres have their levels cranked to keep the dialogue audible. A lot of action films have sections that look like walls. One military action flick was mastered right up to one bit short of digital zero. Ears need recovery time after being hammered with 100+dB from all directions, and until they do they'll be both less sensitive and prone to overload, kind of like your eyes after looking into a bright light. I honestly worry about the hearing of many people, especially if I can tell what they're listening to thirty feet away.
 
2012-06-19 07:44:56 PM

PlatinumDragon: SpectroBoy: fluffy2097: They can't even get a stereo mix right, and they want to add an 8th speaker?

I just wish sound engineers would stop putting the "loud stuff" a trillion decibels above the dialog. Movies are STORIES about PEOPLE, not about explosions.

Heh, I wanted to say something along those lines. I'll take a crystal-clear, well-done stereo mix over a crappy surround mix any day. On those rare occasions where anything interesting happens in the back channels at all, the theatre's sound system is still a pile of air-pumping ass. Lots of noise, no fidelity.

I get to listen to, and see, movie and TV soundtracks as part of my job. It's wild to see the dynamic range of many films, old and new. Everyone's ears are overdriven from the sudden blasts of meganoise, so theatres have their levels cranked to keep the dialogue audible. A lot of action films have sections that look like walls. One military action flick was mastered right up to one bit short of digital zero. Ears need recovery time after being hammered with 100+dB from all directions, and until they do they'll be both less sensitive and prone to overload, kind of like your eyes after looking into a bright light. I honestly worry about the hearing of many people, especially if I can tell what they're listening to thirty feet away.


I call that ear-bleed situation the "Michael Bay Mix"

"F*CK THE DIALOG! I WANNA HEAR ONLY 'SPLOSIONS!!!!"
 
2012-06-19 07:46:48 PM

gingerjet: /you all know this is a Doctor Who reference right?


I hope to meet those not getting the reference on the field of battle, where I will crush the worthless life from their puny human forms. Try and get some rest.
 
2012-06-19 07:54:12 PM

Ghastly: fanbladesaresharp:
I saw Prometheus the night it came out and the pasty-white 20-somethings with probably their first ever girlfriends would not STFU blabbering on about who killed who in Call of Duty during the movie.

And the sad thing was it was probably the most intelligent dialogue of that entire movie.


Hey there l'il cobra, I don't wanna hurt you, it's just I've been running scared the whole movie but now ow ow OW OW OW MY F***ING ARM OW OW OW...
 
2012-06-19 07:59:28 PM
Now I will have to upgrade all my Monster Gold cables!

Dolby, you bastards!
 
2012-06-19 07:59:33 PM

frepnog: TheGhostofFarkPast: frepnog: TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.

yeah, no. I can turn the center all the way up and it would still get drowned. simply adding a second center channel fixed the problem nicely, and I don't have to keep adjusting the goddamned volume (turn it way up to hear people talking during quiet scenes, and then BOOM BOOM BOOM quickly turn the sound down because something exploded, the music went psycho, guns start blazing, ect).

That dolby surround doesn't have an option for dynamic environments so you don't have overtly loud or quiet? I understand it's a computer and it's not as robust as a dedicated amp like I have but you would think it would have some check box to help level out that crap out.

i run the pc thru my home theater receiver. have played with every setting i could find ...



Are you running off of the headphone or line output on your sound card? Do you have a sound card with surround output? If you do not have a 5.1 source or a Dolby digital source as an input to your receiver, and try to run the receiver in 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, it will sound crappy.
 
2012-06-19 08:02:10 PM

Jackpot777: gingerjet: /you all know this is a Doctor Who reference right?

I hope to meet those not getting the reference on the field of battle, where I will crush the worthless life from their puny human forms. Try and get some rest.


You mean just like the last Atmos story that had a Doctor Who joke in the headline?
 
2012-06-19 08:48:59 PM
I was vaguely interested until the only theater listed turned out to be in Dallas. Seriously? Podunksville Kansas before the third largest city in the states? Houston is once again the Rodney Dangerfield of the US.
 
rpm
2012-06-19 08:53:22 PM

Cuchulane: rpm: Cuchulane: When they develop a sound system with audience chatter cancelling, I'll go back to the theater.

It's called an "usher", try going to a place with one or more of those installed.

A theater with ushers on duty that will speak up to people talking during a movie? That's called "Fantasy Land".


Welcome to Fantasy Land, second star on right, straight on to morning^wMagnited States of America. It's the only place we'll go. Can't wait until the Dark Knight Mararthon.
 
2012-06-19 09:10:27 PM

Cyno01: TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.

Most recordings nowadays are actually mastered for car stereos. Since thats where people do like 90% of their non headphone listening, and why bother mastering specifically for shiatty earbuds.


The sad part is car sound systems are Quadraphonic, not Stereo. At least the good ones are.

Noticeably F.A.T.: frepnog: i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

That can be said for the entire entertainment industry. People watch movies because they are neat, not because they are necessary.

PsyLord: Can the human ear even discern 128 different sounds that are being played simultaneously?

Unlikely, but the human eye not being able to discern images moving really fast doesn't seem to keep people from going to the movies. It's kinda the entire point, really.


Um, the human eye CAN discern images moving very fast. Much faster than what they use for most movies and TV shows. Movies typically use 24FPS and TV shows typically use 30FPS. The human eye can on average tell a difference up to 72FPS.

You ears most certainly can hear all that sound at once but of course individual results will vary as to how well you can focus on and pick out individual sounds. Think about how some people can pick out different voices and conversations in a crowd while others can end up having trouble understanding the person right next to them.
 
2012-06-19 09:11:07 PM
Meh.

Let me know when Sensurround comes back.
 
2012-06-19 09:13:57 PM

SpectroBoy: fluffy2097: They can't even get a stereo mix right, and they want to add an 8th speaker?

I just wish sound engineers would stop putting the "loud stuff" a trillion decibels above the dialog. Movies are STORIES about PEOPLE, not about explosions.


The worst example of this is the movie "Dead Man". Really shiatty electric guitar played too damn loud over extremely boring and whispered dialog.

/yes, I know who played the guitar for the movie. He sucks.
 
2012-06-19 10:37:11 PM

HailRobonia: Thats_Not_My_Baby: bazzanoid: [cdn.9laughs.com image 624x558]

I've always wanted to know- what kind of bird is that?!

Her name is Sarah and I believe she is an Australian zookeeper.


She may or may not be Austrian, but even a brief glance at that image will tell you that she works for the Scottish SPCA.
 
2012-06-19 11:13:52 PM

Surool: Jackpot777: gingerjet: /you all know this is a Doctor Who reference right?

I hope to meet those not getting the reference on the field of battle, where I will crush the worthless life from their puny human forms. Try and get some rest.

You mean just like the last Atmos story that had a Doctor Who joke in the headline?


You think Fark greenlights follow a line like a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... timey wimey... stuff.
 
2012-06-19 11:46:22 PM
Could someone please explain this "river" meme that I see popping up today? Thank you.
 
2012-06-20 12:06:20 AM
All of you with horrible theater experiences need to come down Austin-ways and get tickets at an Alamo Drafthouse or Flix Brewhouse. They have a strict "you talk or text, you get thrown out" policy. Also, they have decent food (and beer, I hear), and you get to eat there in the theater at the tables in front of you :) They also don't allow children in after a certain time.

I refuse to go to any of the other theaters. I'd rather not deal with the screaming kids in any movie, and I don't tolerate texting or talking well.

Alamo Drafthouse
Flix Brewhouse
 
2012-06-20 12:57:07 AM

Coastalgrl: Ghastly: Cythraul: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not to be confused with Dolby, Thomas, which will blind you with science

SCIENCE!

Came for this! Leaving satisfied.

Also...
[a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x426]
Me rocking out on stage on accordion with Thomas Dolby (only 6 sound objects).

LOVE IT! Is that a utilikilt?


It's actually a tripp kilt.
 
2012-06-20 01:22:34 AM

Assimilate This: Could someone please explain this "river" meme that I see popping up today? Thank you.


No idea what youre talking about, but this is what the headline is referencing.
 
2012-06-20 04:25:13 AM

Assimilate This: Could someone please explain this "river" meme that I see popping up today? Thank you.


I wonder what a River Song would sound like on that system.
 
2012-06-20 09:32:11 AM
SpectroBoy

"I just wish sound engineers would stop putting the "loud stuff" a trillion decibels above the dialog. Movies are STORIES about PEOPLE, not about explosions."

So much THIS. With so many movies nowadays, you turn up the volume sufficiently to hear what they're saying and all of the sudden BLAAAAMMMM!!!! and you have to pause the movie, get up and go change your shorts. I've actually thought of hooking up one of my spare Alesis compressors to the DVD channel on my preamp to remedy the situation.

BTW: I actually much prefer the sound of a movie or concert DVD on my regular 2-channel old-fashioned stereo. 2 ears, 2 channels... It's enough.
 
2012-06-20 10:13:23 AM

GibbyTheMole: So much THIS. With so many movies nowadays, you turn up the volume sufficiently to hear what they're saying and all of the sudden BLAAAAMMMM!!!! and you have to pause the movie, get up and go change your shorts. I've actually thought of hooking up one of my spare Alesis compressors to the DVD channel on my preamp to remedy the situation.


It won't help. Going from clipping to barely moving the meter cannot really be compensated for. You can normalize it, but the loud parts will sound crappy from being cut down, and the quiet parts will sound blown out, and it won't switch fast enough between loud to quiet or quiet to loud.

The only thing that can fix the problem is sound engineers pulling their heads out of their asses.
 
2012-06-20 10:51:52 AM

hitlersbrain: Tapakip: Dr. Who sucks.

/that's right I said it

Uh oh, don't be surprised if your neutron flow's polarity is suddenly reversed!


FTFY...just watched The Sea Devils yesterday. :-)
 
2012-06-20 11:12:33 AM
fluffy2097

It won't help. Going from clipping to barely moving the meter cannot really be compensated for. You can normalize it, but the loud parts will sound crappy from being cut down, and the quiet parts will sound blown out, and it won't switch fast enough between loud to quiet or quiet to loud.

I dunno... It's infinitely adjustable and you can set the attack time down to 0.1 ms. That's pretty quick. Set it with a soft-knee response and it could at least improve it.
 
2012-06-20 02:36:06 PM

fluffy2097: GibbyTheMole: So much THIS. With so many movies nowadays, you turn up the volume sufficiently to hear what they're saying and all of the sudden BLAAAAMMMM!!!! and you have to pause the movie, get up and go change your shorts. I've actually thought of hooking up one of my spare Alesis compressors to the DVD channel on my preamp to remedy the situation.

It won't help. Going from clipping to barely moving the meter cannot really be compensated for. You can normalize it, but the loud parts will sound crappy from being cut down, and the quiet parts will sound blown out, and it won't switch fast enough between loud to quiet or quiet to loud.

The only thing that can fix the problem is sound engineers pulling their heads out of their asses.


Again: Dolby Volume.

/pay attention
 
2012-06-20 03:21:30 PM
Why should you have to pay more money for bits of technology to fix a problem that shouldn't exist in the first place?

Why should you spend money to fix a problem that only exists because someone is failing to do their job?

/No good answer.
 
2012-06-20 03:23:48 PM

GibbyTheMole: I dunno... It's infinitely adjustable and you can set the attack time down to 0.1 ms. That's pretty quick. Set it with a soft-knee response and it could at least improve it.


I love it when my normalizer constantly adjusts the volume. It's even better when it's clearly audible. Really ads to the viewing experience.

It'S The AudiO EquiVilANt tO RanDOM CApitAliZAtioN.
 
2012-06-20 03:49:37 PM

fluffy2097: Why should you have to pay more money for bits of technology to fix a problem that shouldn't exist in the first place?

Why should you spend money to fix a problem that only exists because someone is failing to do their job?

/No good answer.


The answer is simple: film soundtracks are mixed for movie theaters.

With good speakers, a good receiver/pre-amp+amp, and proper level calibration Blu-ray lossless soundtracks are usually dynamic and balanced. However only the formats Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital carry information telling the decoders "night mode" how to compress the sound properly. Because DTS-HD MA and DTS doesn't do this (and PCM which is pretty much raw sound data) Dolby developed Dolby Volume to compress the dynamic range for those who need it (like you or those of us in apartments or who have small children with sensitive ears). There is no pumping or breathing, no audible artifacts. It simply works. There is 3 settings: low-med--high. Romantic comedies and older films usually get away with low. Stuff with music, as well as late 70s thru early 90s are good for mid. High is for your modern action spectaculars.

Calibration is extremely important as well, otherwise your center channel is out of balance. Pretty much all professionally mixed soundtracks will have clear dialogue...when played back properly.

The sound mixers are doing their job. It's the downstream chain that's not.
 
2012-06-20 04:40:52 PM

peterthx: The answer is simple: film soundtracks are mixed for movie theaters.


OH! I SEE!

The problem with my DVD's for home consumption is that I'm supposed to play them at a movie theater! I'll get right on constructing one in my apartment.

/they sound like shiat at the movies too.
 
2012-06-20 04:42:52 PM
peterthx:

Do you have any solution for this problem that does not involve buying hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of high grade audio gear?
 
2012-06-20 04:55:18 PM

fluffy2097: peterthx:

Do you have any solution for this problem that does not involve buying hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of high grade audio gear?


If you're playing DVD soundtracks with Dolby Digital audio your receiver should have a night mode on it. If it doesn't you really need to upgrade it.

As far as sound quality goes: you get what you pay for.
 
2012-06-20 05:03:37 PM
fluffy2097

"I love it when my normalizer constantly adjusts the volume. It's even better when it's clearly audible. Really ads to the viewing experience.
It'S The AudiO EquiVilANt tO RanDOM CApitAliZAtioN."


I'm not sure if you have an accurate idea of the piece of equipment I'm talking about. This particular piece of gear is a rack mount recording studio/professional compressor used by audio professionals to apply compression to recordings and live sound. If it did what you're describing, it would not be used by audio engineers except for a doorstop. It is not a cheap home theater "normalizer" gadget. Regardless, if I put it in the circuit and I don't like it, I can always remove it.

I'm also not replacing the preamp in my stereo system with some receiver just to get Dolby volume for a few movies.
 
2012-06-20 05:14:16 PM
So there is no solution that doesn't require buying more then a blue ray player an HDMI cable and a TV that has an HDMI input.

That's farking broken and you know it.
 
2012-06-20 05:16:06 PM

Bubba_the_Hutt: TheGhostofFarkPast: Bubba_the_Hutt: frepnog: i spent a couple hours last night watching Iron Man 2 on my home theater system. HD video supplied by a Nvidia 550, Dolby Surround, and to my ears sounded farking amazing. 6 speakers (well 7 actually, since I have two center channels connected to double the sound, since it seems in current films dialog gets buried under sound effects and music).

i just don't think this crap is necessary. neat, perhaps.

Instead of having two speakers you could just increase the volume of your center channel.


That's what I did on my marantz system, it can all be manually adjusted through either the web or a phone app and I always have to turn up the middle channel because as he said the vocals get pushed below everything else.

I personally really enjoy surround sound and I think a lot of bands need to take advantage of it more and I wish more wound think in terms of the whole venue and not just stereo. I was hoping SACD's would take off more than they did because they were able to provide a very nice full sound all the way around you. Nothing beats listening to Dredg's "el cielo" SACD, which was made at Lucas Skywalker ranch, and drinking a new brew to calm the nerves.

Also making sure everything is calibrated properly makes a big difference. I had a neighbor who calibrated my first receiver and when I replaced that one I made sure to get one that auto calibrates.

I'll have to check out "el cielo." My favorite song to demo my home theater system is, as phd as it may sound, "Money for Nothing" turned up really, really loud.


I spent way to much and got the marantz SR7005 because I wanted a receiver that sounded really good along with being able to be managed from a phone/tablet/web. It comes with Audyssey tuning system so I set that up first thing and it really helps out a lot.

I will say another SACD I like is the Linkin Park Reanimation disc. I am not a huge Linkin Park fan but that whole disc is done by other musicians who are worth their weight in gold and ones who are remix legends. Between the surround sound and the higher bit rate you can knock your windows out. Crystal Method's "legion of Boom" is a DTS-ES/DVD-Audio is another one that has a great sonic range.
 
2012-06-20 06:35:25 PM

fluffy2097: It'S The AudiO EquiVilANt tO RanDOM CApitAliZAtioN.


So Torgo would like it? But, y know, only while the Master's away?
 
2012-06-20 06:59:27 PM

PizzaJedi81: fluffy2097: It'S The AudiO EquiVilANt tO RanDOM CApitAliZAtioN.

So Torgo would like it? But, y know, only while the Master's away?


AlsO SmALl ChilDren Of ALL agES
 
2012-06-20 07:33:35 PM

fluffy2097: PizzaJedi81: fluffy2097: It'S The AudiO EquiVilANt tO RanDOM CApitAliZAtioN.

So Torgo would like it? But, y know, only while the Master's away?

AlsO SmALl ChilDren Of ALL agES


LeT Me JuSt GeT YoUr CoMpLiMeNtArY CrAzY BrEaD...
 
2012-06-20 08:56:45 PM

fluffy2097: peterthx:

Do you have any solution for this problem that does not involve buying hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of high grade audio gear?


Make sure the receiver you buy has a "night mode"setting, and your problem is solved. Night mode dampens all those sudden loud noises, such as guns and explosions.
 
2012-06-21 03:25:31 PM

GibbyTheMole: SpectroBoy

"I just wish sound engineers would stop putting the "loud stuff" a trillion decibels above the dialog. Movies are STORIES about PEOPLE, not about explosions."

So much THIS. With so many movies nowadays, you turn up the volume sufficiently to hear what they're saying and all of the sudden BLAAAAMMMM!!!! and you have to pause the movie, get up and go change your shorts. I've actually thought of hooking up one of my spare Alesis compressors to the DVD channel on my preamp to remedy the situation.

BTW: I actually much prefer the sound of a movie or concert DVD on my regular 2-channel old-fashioned stereo. 2 ears, 2 channels... It's enough.


I've thought about setting up a sound-perception experiment where I run a series of sounds in stereo, going from 100% one side to the other, some matched with moving images or a lack thereof, and ask the listener whether the sound is behind or in front of them. I had an odd moment yesterday walking home where the track I was playing included the sound of a horse and cart passing from left to right. I had to stop for a moment and check over my shoulder, as I forgot that particular sound was coming and my headset is pretty awesome, so I wondered "why am I hearing a horse coming up behind me?"

Fun fact: the ATSC broadcasting standards include methods for level control within the program stream, but the only one that gets implemented (poorly, if at all) is "dialnorm".

Dolby Volume, from what has been described here, sounds like some kind of loudness metadata that a processor can use to smoothly adjust source level in advance, as opposed to the cheapo compressors and normalizers built into TVs that can only react to whatever is passing through the audio channels at a given time. Neat trick, not going to be available for everything and everyone. Frankly, a better solution might be doing that Dolby Volume trick in reverse; mix and master to a narrower dynamic range for home video release, include the metadata for use by an expander instead of a compressor - make the meganoise opt-in instead of opt-out.
 
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