Hmm ok this is probably not the place for this, i will do a search but i might as well ask anyway. My System is supposedly able to play DTS... what makes that better than dolby digital 5.1? Yes i am somewhat of a home theater n00b
LOTR is an excellent choice, but also try a movie you're already familiar with in 5.1/DTS - you're far more likely to notice the sudden broadening of the soundfield.
Regarding 5.1 versus DTS, it's a matter of opinion. A lot of the Brit professional reviewers favour 5.1, a lot of US reviewers DTS. To some extent it depends on how your system is set up (e.g. on my Sony set-up the DTS sounds a lot better, but on other systems I've heard, the difference is less). However, ultimately it's what you like that matters, and if you honestly prefer one above the other, then that's what's right for you.
If you're multiregional, then try Hero (R3). There's an amazing difference between the 5.1 and DTS versions. The DTS is very much to the fore with clashing swords, etc, whilst the 5.1 is far more of an ambient experience, with loud transients softened. Try the scene in the rainy courtyard in particular for a fascinating illustation of how different but equally good two sound mixes can be.
If you want to test directional sound from an older film, use Around the World in 80 Days (1956 version). The sound rivals modern 5.1 tracks in a lot of scenes. Some of the sound seems like it was recorded recently.
Video Essentials "walk around the room with voice" or Dragonheart which has Draco's voice circling around the room a couple of times. These are good demos to test the timbre matching of your surround speakers with your front 3.
I realize that this may be considered blasphemy, but here's another forum list of reference DVDs, most of which contain great examples of surround sound .. AVSforum. However, this list contains video and audio reference disks, so be forewarned.
Some of my favorites are:
Super Speedway(aside from too much soundtrack, excellent seperation and surround usage/deep bass) - be careful with your speakers on this one.
Master and Commander (surrounds for ambience and dimensional presence/deep bass) - be careful with your speakers on this one.
Blood: The Last Vampire (opening scene says it all!)
Black Hawk Down (surrounds for ambience and dimensional presence/deep bass) - be careful with your speakers on this one.
Blade II (surrounds for ambience and dimensional presence/deep bass)
Metropolis - Tezuka's anime. (excellent jazz soundtrack, surrounds)
Hero (surrounds/deep bass)
Billgo - true point. With HTBs, deep bass probably won't be a concern for blowing speakers, but for others ... quite possible.
A few others come to mind, but these will get you going for sure ...
I read somewhere that it was a good idea to play a "quiet" DVD (like a TV show or a romantic comedy) when you first set up your HT and let the speakers settle down before you lay down the sonic assault. Anyone else hear this?
Thanks for the input guys. Ive just been watching TV with my home theater the last two days, to let it break in. I rented Master and Commander and DareDevil which i will watch tomorrow to really test out the setup.