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#96996 - 05/31/05 07:51 PM Movie theaters sound stinks!
sssutherland Offline

Registered: 02/19/05
Posts: 243
Loc: Ventura, CA
Is it just me? Or do movie theaters have no bass. And for that matter crappy surround sound. I know its hard and all to make good bass in a large room especially in the middle of a large room, but can't it be done?

Every time I have gone to the movies and seen a movie with the potential for good sound I always tell myself, "Oh well, sure can't wait for that to come out on DVD so I can really check it out on my home system".

Wasn't home theater supposed to mimic the actual movie theater? It seems the movie theaters have some serious catching up to do with home systems if you ask me. I'm sure they spend a grip of money on their sound systems but they just don't sound that good. I dare the theaters in my area to come up with sound half as good as what comes out of my system. Thanks AXIOM you ruined the movies for me. Well at least the ones that I view in movie theaters and not my home. Compliment, please don't take negatively.

Where are you Axiom owners?

#96997 - 05/31/05 08:05 PM Re: Movie theaters sound stinks!
hashts Offline

Registered: 02/21/05
Posts: 164
Man I totally agree with you. I think the problem is the amount of space in a typical theater. I'm pretty sure most theaters use high-end/expensive equipment, but the volume they have to fill is simply too much. I could be wrong tho.

Its much easier for our Axioms to liven our living rooms whereas theater speakers have to fill 10x-50x (wild guess) the amount of sq ft.

#96998 - 05/31/05 08:08 PM Re: Movie theaters sound stinks!
nautec Offline
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Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 64
Loc: Tucson, AZ
That is why i used the pair of movie tickets for my girlfriend and I valued at $20 a pop to invest in a monthly account with Netflix. DVDs are so much fun in your home system.

#96999 - 05/31/05 08:08 PM Re: Movie theaters sound stinks!
nickbuol Offline

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 5316
Loc: Marion, IA
I partially agree. Seems like a lot of highs, and flabby bass, no middle for the theaters around me. Reminds me of a Bose system with the "bass module" blown.

I saw Star Wars E3 in a newer theater and the sound was just OK. Now, when I watched Star Wars E2 on DVD with my Axioms and SVS, WOW!!! I never knew that a lightsaber had so much range in mids and lows. I was looking forward to that in E3, but I guess I will have to wait until the DVD is out for that too.
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#97000 - 05/31/05 11:09 PM Re: Movie theaters sound stinks!
St_PatGuy Offline

Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7463
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
I think it's important to sit in the middle of the theater. Finding the sweet spot makes the sound a bit better. Sometimes, though, one is forced to sit to the side to enjoy the full force of the side surrounds. Painful indeed. Those giant horns can be a bit much.
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#97001 - 06/01/05 12:39 AM Re: Movie theaters sound stinks!
nickbuol Offline

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 5316
Loc: Marion, IA
I always make sure that I am there with enough time to sit in the middle. You are right that the sound stage is more enveloping, but it still doesn't help with the over powering highs and loose bass.
2-M60s, VP180, 8-M3s, SVS 20-39PCi, DIY Sub, 8-Shakers, JVC RS45, Anthem MRX-1120

#97002 - 06/01/05 07:44 AM Re: Movie theaters sound stinks!
Amie Offline


Registered: 02/06/02
Posts: 1625
I'm giggling - Ian stopped going to theaters in the early 80s!! I dragged him into one in Manhattan in 2002 and he was amazed at the changes, (popcorn used to only be $5 a bag!) but still cringing at the sound.
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#97003 - 06/01/05 10:36 AM Re: Movie theaters sound stinks!
AshBoomstick Offline

Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 540
Loc: Richmond, VA
i agree, i saw Episode 3 and i thought the opening battle scene would be great for sound effects and have good use of the surrounds. not so much. i was sitting up in the left rear of the theater, but there wasn't much at all coming out of the surrounds. oh well, i guess to wait till the fall/winter for dvd to hear it the way it oughta be. plus then we don't have to deal with people talking through the movie!
Who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?

#97004 - 06/01/05 10:45 AM Re: Movie theaters sound stinks!
SirQuack Offline
shareholder in the making

Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13565
Loc: Iowa
Here in Nick and I's home town, we have about 5 theaters that are THX certified, ok stop laughing everyone Basically the side walls and rear walls are lined with direct radiating speakers, along with speakers near the front, not sure about a sub. Why do you think Axiom's quadpolar speakers are such a smash, they replace this theory of lining your walls with speakers.

Anyway, I also agree that the sound was not the best, especially when compared to my own setup with Axiom's. Like Nick I also try to sit about halfway up and in the center. My buddy wanted to sit in the front row, I told him go ahead but your nuts since the screen was a 60' screen
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#97005 - 06/01/05 11:39 AM Re: Movie theaters sound stinks!
shag Offline

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 160
Loc: Florida
Maybe the movie theaters just don't sound as good because they don't use Axioms??? Anyone ever think of that?

I too was disappointed with the theater when I saw Star Wars E3. I too will wait for the dvd and enjoy it at home.

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