What do the Simpsons sound like in DPL?

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  1. Tommy_N

    Tommy_N Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello all,

    I just started a thread under "A/V sources" regarding hooking up cable. But I wanted to ask a general question here.

    I've never heard the rear channels when using DPL so I think I must have something hooked up incorrectly. I remember once years ago I was at a friend's house and we watched the Simpsons. The opening theme and music before/after commercials seemed to come from the rear speakers.

    So on a properly set-up system is there sound from the rear channels?

    Thanks

    Tom
     
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    Yes, the music is the main sound out of the rears. If you can't hear the music, especially at the begining, than something is hooked up wrong. Usually the rest of the show the rears don't make a difference.

    Mark
     
  3. Wayne Bundrick

    Wayne Bundrick Cinematographer

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    If you're watching Simpsons on a TV station, keep in mind there are countless ways for a TV station to screw up DPL. For DPL to work, first they have to do stereo sound and not mono. If they can't do true stereo then DPL is impossible. There are some TV stations that do a false simulated stereo from mono. And they have to avoid any sort of audio processing that might futz with phase relationships.
     
  4. Tommy_N

    Tommy_N Stunt Coordinator

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    Hmmm, Thanks for the responses. I'm going to double check all my hook-ups.

    I get Fox from NYC, so I would like to assume that as a major market they do it right. Can anyone else with Cablevision in the NYC area comment?

    I'll check my wiring (which I think is correct) and post back.

    Thanks

    Tom
     
  5. Grant B

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    sometimes cable modulates the signals in mono, it's cheaper that way.
    Also if you have a vcr hooked up, the output via the RF output is usually mono
     
  6. Will Cunningham

    Will Cunningham Stunt Coordinator

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    So far I have not noticed many instances where I could tell the rears were being used. I have always suspected that was because things were designed to be immersive. The only time I ever noticed it was during an episode of Babylon-5. There was an insane person running down a hallway hearing voices in his head. The voices used the DLP to come from all different directions, and sound super-cool. It was creepy till I realized how awesome the effect was, then I was just distracted by the coolness. I am looking forward to the day TV producers can count on everyone having 5.1 or better, it will make things so awesome. [​IMG]
     
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    Only when I recieve a DD broadcast usually with HD do my surrounds get a work out, I understand your concern
    Grant
     
  8. Anthony Hom

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    Hmm, I thought the Simpsons were all in DPL, but remember the caveat at the beginning of every episode:

    Dolby Surround- where available (the caveat)

    I get the Simpsons in SF bay area and the surrounds channels do work, whenever they use them.
     

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