Thought I'd bump this back. I've finally upgraded my system (Sony STR-DN840 and Pioneer S22 speakers), and decided to give this another spin. I made sure everything was set to decode properly, and it still sounds flanged and phased. So this does not seem to be a result of downconverting from 5.1 to 2.0.
Dialogue and sound effects are affected somewhat, but it's particularly when the music kicks in that it's most obvious. A few examples:
- About 3 minutes in, during the opening credits, as the Doctor is hanging from the TARDIS.
- At 54-55 minutes in, as the three Doctors explode out of the painting and walk into UNIT.
- At an hour and 10 minutes in, as the Doctors prepare to freeze Gallifrey.
- Pretty much any time we hear brass in the score.
I'm amazed at all the glowing reviews for the audio on this disc. I've only found a few message board posts here and there (besides mine) that mention the flanging, but to me it sounds terrible. Something like this should never have made it past QC (these issues also affect the R1 DVD).
I'm slowly accepting the 24p slowdown. I wish they wouldn't do it, but judging from other BBC releases, it doesn't look like that policy is going to change anytime soon. But there's no excuse for the audio sounding like this. If it's related to the slowdown, they apparently found a way to fix it, as Time of the Doctor sounds fine (aside from being at the wrong speed, of course).
No luck from the few times I tried contacting BBC; either they don't care, or I'm just going through the wrong channels.
Is anyone else in this thread hearing what I'm hearing? I'm wondering if I really did just get a bad disc.
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