Speaker Demo Material

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  1. brian a

    brian a Second Unit

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    I'm going to be demoing some speakers over the next couple of weeks starting with the M&K 150thx this weekend. I wanted to know what you guys suggest taking along to demo a set of speakers. I'll be ~80% movies 20% music on these things, so I want a very good movie test. Most of my musical taste are very midrange focused around acoustic guitar levels. I'll probably take the Fleetwood Mac DVD for guitar testing. What else?
     
  2. Chris Tsutsui

    Chris Tsutsui Screenwriter

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    What I usually do is (if you have a CDRW), create a test disc with various sections of songs with vocals/guitars/orchestra/bass, etc.

    Then I add some thx bass tests and a crossover test for fun.
     
  3. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    My favorite DVD's for auditions are:
    Star Trek:First Contact - Chapter 3 is the Borg Battle scene. You get dialog with low background effects, swelling horns/music. Then lots of special effects. It covers a lot of different things in about 5 minutes.
    Star Trek:Insurrection - Chapter 15 is the first scene with drone-flyers. It's an outdoor battle scene, but sounds swirl around nicely. I usually recommend this for checking tone-match.
    (Can you tell I'm an action/sci-fi fan?[​IMG])
    Keep in mind that MUSIC from a CD will expose things that a DVD soundtrack will not. So if you have problems narrowing things down, re-audition with a CD to make your choices.
    Good luck and let us know what you decide.
     
  4. Neil Joseph

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    Try the Eagles: Hell Freezes Over DVD for multichannel music. Also, for movies I recommend...
    - Titan AE
    - Toy Story 2
    - Gladiator
    - The Fifth Element (SB)
    - Independence Day
    - The Mask Of Zorro
    - The Matrix
    - The Perfect Storm
    - Star Wars: Ep I
    - Terminator 2 (UE)
    - Vertical Limit
     
  5. brian a

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    The Eagles DVD is a good call. I have it and can take it along.

    Looks like I'll take:

    Fleetwood Mac - I listen to this a lot on my current system so I know what it sounds like for comparison

    Eagles DTS

    Toy Story 2

    SW: EP I

    SPR: DTS

    and some music samples of music I listen to a lot.

    I might pick up one of the Star Trek DVDs to take along as well. I like the description of dialog with background effects at the same time.

    I'll let you know how the 150-thxs do this weekend
     

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