Transformers. Any one of them. Lord of the rings. These two series are must watch to audition stunning sound.
Transport: Sony BDP 5100 Blu ray player spdif PC using Musiland Digital Times WASAPI via BNC connection - DAC: DC-1->XLR XPA-1 , RCA->Basx A-100 CD: Denon DCD 600 PCM 61 DAC. RCA Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD700 headphones. two pairs 12 guage each bi-wire speaker cables per monoblock Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE!!)
Other equipment: Asus Xonar essence ST Behringer UCA 202 Sennheiser HD600
For music to sub test, try out Don Dorsey's "Bachbusters" and Beethoven discs. That synth works out the sub handily. For non-synthesizer discs, try out Lou Bega's first album and the soundtrack disc from "The Commitments." I also like to listen to the acoustic bass on the Pentangle albums (Light Flight & Pentangle). May I also recommend "The Hunter" by Jennifer Warnes.
Post by The Mad Norseman on Oct 6, 2012 11:04:11 GMT -5
Try the train wreak scene in the Blu-ray of the movie "Super 8"! This scene occurs about 18 minutes into the film and is downright STARTLING! It will give your whole audio system a run for its money - especially your subwoofer(s)!
I like Flight of the Phoenix. Use the sandstorm scene. I also like Ratatouille where the grandma tries to shoot the rats with a shotgun. I think it is called "Caught" and might be scene 4. Can't remember for sure.
These are dated and I see a couple new ones on the list I need to pick up to give my subs a workout.
Speakers: Monitor Audio RS8's, RSLCR, RSFX
Subs: Dual Epik Empires
Powered by: Dual XPA-5's & XMC-1
TV: Samsung 52" A750
Sources: Pio Elite BDP-05fd, Toshiba HD-A30, DirecTV HD, HTPC
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Opening of Star Wars II "Attack of the Clones", when the ship carrying Amidala is flying in. Every time her ship passes by, the thrumming of the engines is pretty amazing, and then... boom... it blows up on the landing pad. I have the DVD, I don't know how the Blu-ray with presumably more wide-open audio compares [newer not always better - The Tyrannosaurus Rex walking booms of the original Jurassic Park are more potent in the earlier LaserDisc version than DVD, bummer! Don't have the Blu-ray]
Opening sequence of U-571, allied destroyer depth-charges the sub after the sub blows up an allied ship. DVD again. There's more depth-charge action later on too, once the Americans take over the U-boat.
Hunger Games (Blu-ray)... near the beginning a large hovercraft appears over our heroine and boyfriend, in the woods. I think the bass here is somewhat stronger nearer to 60Hz than super low, but before I started trimming and attempting to equalize my SW response it was shaking the room ;-)
On the Boston Audio Society test disc, track three is a several minute excerpt from the slow (and mostly quiet) movement of Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 "for organ and orchestra". There are pedal notes that go down to 16 Hz. I believe that most commercial recordings of this work do not have the pipes to do this. You can also play with the audio sweeps of this disc too.
There's also low booms on track 10 (The Long Ships) of Enya's Watermark album, and of course don't forget Bela Fleck's Flight of the Cosmic Hippo!