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To give the SR6014 an all channels on deck workout, I streamed the final scene from episode two of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan from Amazon Prime Video where the police get ambushed while raiding a Paris apartment. The Dolby Atmos mix here has automatic gunfire breaking out in every direction, with sound bouncing off the walls and ceiling of the small interior spaces in the apartment. As real as it sounded, I thankfully didn’t feel the need to duck and dodge any bullets. The explosion at the end of the scene underscored the Marantz’s ability to convey dynamic slam, even if much of the sound’s weight was delivered by my separate powered subwoofer. ”
The new UHD Blu-ray of Waterworld impresses with a full-bodied DTS:X remix. The attack on the atoll illustrates the kind of bold and cinematic soundscapes the Focal can produce. As the Smokers encircle the atoll, their machine-gun fire has a thrillingly percussive kick, and bullets rip through the metallic structure. Jet skis roar convincingly overhead and explosions are delivered with gusto.
There’s plenty of bass running through the entire film, in part because of James Newton Howard’s drum-dominated score. This is given a solid foundation by the Astral 16, while the built-in amplification showcases reserves of power, easily driving all the channels at once. Subtle effects generate the feeling of being isolated and at sea – water laps and wind rustles through sails – and once again the EQ brings these effects to the fore. Meanwhile, the all-channel soundscapes of the film’s underwater sequences are presented with water-logged realism.
“Perhaps the biggest surprise is just how good Ambeo is at ‘upscaling’ two-channel content. It genuinely blurs the lines between a natively immersive codec and post-processing. I’m not suggesting you magically get discrete surround sound, or whizz-bang effects emanating from your ears. But the soundstage becomes wider, nuanced and realistic.
Sky One Kung-Fu show Warrior, which is broadcast in stereo, hits harder through this Sennheiser ‘bar. Any disappointment about the lack of 5.1 transmission fades away. And when you do have a multichannel TV mix, perhaps live sport, the ambience that’s created is smooth and naturalistic. You’re not listening to channels panning left or right, you’re simply engulfed by sound.
The BenQ’s Cinema preset required little adjustment to achieve accurate results when calibrating for standard dynamic range (SDR) sources. Measured Delta Es (dE) for all color points were below 3—a level considered imperceptible—and saturation tracking was excellent. I ultimately decided to target a 2.2 gamma instead of a BT.1886 (2.4) gamma due to the projector’s limited contrast—while BT.1886 perceptually adjusts the gamma curve based on the measured black level, in this case it left the image looking washed out in the darker grayscale range.
The 5050UB was installed on a high shelf at the back of my room with its lens surface positioned 14 feet away from a 92-inch diagonal, 1.1 gain Stewart Filmscreen Cima screen. Similar to Epson’s 4010, the 5050UB features a 2.1x zoom lens and +/- 96 percent vertical and +/- 47 percent horizontal lens shift. These motorized adjustments on the projector make it easy to optimize image geometry and focus, and there’s also a pair of adjustable feet on its bottom surface to aid in shelf or table installations. Ten lens memory presets are provided for storing zoom and focus settings for installations requiring multiple display aspect ratios—when using a 2.35:1 aspect ratio “scope” screen, for example. Epson also says the that the level of accuracy provided by the 5050UB’s motorized adjustments makes it a good option for “Zero Edge” projection screens where there is minimal bezel area on the screen’s edges. ”
of your AVR. But the Sony’s built-in sound is definitely above-average on its own. While no match for even a modest outboard home theater system, it should still surprise and impress most TV buyers. The set’s audio modes and adjustments also include a surround selection that’s effective in spreading the perceived sound beyond the confines of the set itself. The effect is subtle, however and may well depend on your room and setup.
The remote control that comes with the A9G has an upscale look and feel. On the downside, it has no backlighting (a chronic issue with TV remotes), so finding the right button in the dark was often hit or miss.”