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Didn't you forget the ear splitting volume, that would be loud enough if the theatre was 30 times as large? Designed to insure you can't think, and that everything vibrates with the 10,000 explosions that seem to be mandatory in every film these days, with at least 30 bodies flying through the air, and flames shooting everywhere burning up half the set by the time the film is done?


It’s called ‘dynamic range’ and most movie theaters have an extremely poor range of soft to loud. Additionally, most movies theaters boost bass response so there is oomph to action movies. Because of that, dialogue is badly reproduced – especially in quiet (or should be quiet) scenes.

It’s partially because of speaker positioning and amplifiers used. The speakers are not fidelity speakers and amps are just raw power that pumps into these speakers at a constrained frequency: hence, ‘limited dynamic range’. The result is muddy sound (even the big bangs are badly reproduced).

Better are smaller theaters THX-certified. More on that at Problem with THX is that it’s expensive to install and maintain. And that’s why some don’t have it and don’t have the slightest idea of what good sound should be.

And they add insult to injury by pricing a soft drink to that of a good wine and put something on popcorn described as ‘butter-like substance colored butter-like yellow guaranteed to stay liquid to below average room temperature’. Frankly, I think it’s 10w-30 dyed.

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