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Network shows in Dolby 5.1- reviews?


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Grady Reid

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Posted May 01 2007 - 04:26 AM

I did a search for this and didn't find anything. Are there any websites out there that give reviews for shows that broadcast in 5.1? I'm just looking for what network (or cable) shows that have the best sound mixes. I assume a show like "24" would sound good with active, split surrounds and good bass (or am I assuming wrong).

#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Cavan.B

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Posted May 01 2007 - 07:30 AM

I'd recommend these shows for good 5.1 sound:

CSI (any)
Lost
Jericho
24

Those are just ones I've watched; I'm sure there are others.
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#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Nicholas Martin

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Posted May 01 2007 - 07:46 AM

I don't ever hear much surround activity during LOST, but the CSI's (especially the original show's theme 'Who Are You') are great in 5.1.

#4 of 11 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted May 01 2007 - 08:43 AM

I'm glad that Lost doesn't showoff with the surrounds. However, when the 'right' stuff is happening on screen, Lost and especially 24 are good examples of good 5.1 soundtracks.

And like Nicholas said, the theme to CSI sounds awesome. Posted Image

#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Joe_H

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Posted May 01 2007 - 10:10 AM

Specific scenes in Heroes that I can think of that I don't want to go into details for anyone who hasn't watched the show, sound great in 5.1 as well.

#6 of 11 OFFLINE   Nicholas Martin

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Posted May 01 2007 - 01:35 PM

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I'm glad that Lost doesn't showoff with the surrounds.

I was surprised at the lack of surround activity because I expected to hear ambient noise like birds chirping, wind blowing through the trees, the ocean.

Nature, basically. It's there but more subtle.

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And like Nicholas said, the theme to CSI sounds awesome. Posted Image

I'd love to hear the whole song that way, but can't because I don't have that $40 The Who DVD it's on.

#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Kevin Grey

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Posted May 01 2007 - 02:22 PM

In general I haven't been wowed by most shows broadcasting in 5.1. I'm guessing the the rapid pace of post production combined with likely a small portion of the viewing audience using the 5.1 feed means that the focus is primarily on a two channel mix.

#8 of 11 OFFLINE   Joe_H

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Posted May 01 2007 - 02:40 PM

You know, for a short commercial, I've been impressed with the 5.1 mix on the Visa "Downtown" commercial. Speaking of commercial audio though, it bugs me how much louder they mix the audio for commercials than they do for shows.

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Posted May 01 2007 - 03:05 PM

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Speaking of commercial audio though, it bugs me how much louder they mix the audio for commercials than they do for shows.

It certainly sounds like that sometimes but you might find this article interesting. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17229281/

#10 of 11 OFFLINE   Joe_H

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Posted May 01 2007 - 03:25 PM

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It certainly sounds like that sometimes but you might find this article interesting. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17229281/

Yeah, I knew that already but was just simplifying, I realize that its just that they make the volume of the commercials constantly the volume of the peak volume of the shows. It still bugs me though, and makes me NOT want to buy any of the products in them.

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Grady Reid

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Posted May 01 2007 - 05:02 PM

Is there a website that lists which shows are 5.1 or merely 2.0?


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