Now that you have your home theater all set up, it’s time to watch and listen to some great content. I recommend going with the highest quality possible, like Blu-ray over conventional DVD. I’ll update this list as I discover good content, and will do individual reviews for exceptional content.
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Cosmos: Incredibly good show! The rumble in this show is outstanding, an effect I never felt prior to high quality subwoofers. We have a metal wall hanging that only rattles with extremely deep content. This always rattles at some point in these shows. Beyond the bass factor, the show itself is fascinating and well put together. The visual is outstanding. Can’t recommend enough!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: It’s nice to see such a mainstream movie with chops when it comes to bass. It wasn’t overdone, nor was it lacking. The scene when the big weapon is first used is fun, the initial impact is impressive. I feel there were some missed opportunities for copious amounts of low-end, but all in all a great job with the sound. I didn’t need to constantly adjust the volume to hear the quieter dialog. I’m looking forward to the 3D release.
The Haunting 1999: The bedroom scene with the moving bed is outstanding. Gobs of low end, and a “go-to” for demos.
Star Trek Into Darkness (3D): Space ships and explosions, great stuff.
Transformers Age of Extinction: I meant to just run through some scenes and ended up watching the whole thing. I couldn’t help thinking of the movie Ted for some reason. =)
Avatar (3D): Obviously a film worth seeing with a decent setup, the visuals alone make it worthwhile. The LFE could have been emphasized a little more in some scenes, but overall very good.
Man of Steel (3D): Decent stuff.
Hobbit series (3D): A great example of when it’s OK to hear voices through your sub when Smuag speaks.
Jurassic Park: The original is awesome, especially the cup of water scene. Another “go-to” for demos, especially now that it’s in 3D!
Jurassic World (3D): Basically a rehash, but with more modern 3D. Surprise, a real dinosaur theme park still isn’t a good idea.
Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron (3D): Hulk bunker busting, all kinds of good stuff in the lower range, well done, but you may want to turn your sub trim up a little on the AVR.
Ragnarok: Lots and lots of low end bass. Will expose weak subwoofers, probably the heaviest bass on the list, almost overdone. Subtitled. If you are looking to be overwhelmed by serious bass, this is the film you want.
Music that has decent subwoofer signal (under 80 hertz), but not all of it will challenge your subs. This is just my own Spotify account, which changes on a regular basis, and is not properly categorized at all. Even if you don’t have Spotify you can scroll through for music ideas, but keep in mind content can vary a lot from one platform to the next. Spotify tends to be better on sound quality than Youtube, and of course it’s always good to support artists by purchasing their music.
To test your subwoofers, these tracks deliver under 30 hertz. If you play these tracks on most typical subwoofers, you may not be able to hear the lower tones. Be careful, they can pop a subwoofer not built to deliver true full range bass performance:
More to come, stay tuned!