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In all, we are thrilled. We have to fight off the kids and their friends to get near it :)


Going to tell you a secret, TC; just don't tell anyone this, okay? Those of us who are into good a/v, either as a hobby or professionally and have been doing so for many years, turn the THX sting up Real Loud so it rattles small ornaments, frightens small animals and makes sufficient seismic waves to register with the local university's geology department. Why? Because we can.

Sure, we talk about speaker resonance, bass response, room reverberation and lots of technical stuff but if truth is told we crank up the THX sting because it is sooooo neat. Each of us has our favorite demo DVD (one of mine is Master and Commander at the point the ship gets hit by cannonball fire) and they all have a certain characteristic: it ain't talking heads. It's definitely not Oprah.

It's virtually guaranteed now you have a nice system you like that a friend (or many) are going to come over and you're going to demonstrate what you have. They'll oooh and aaah over how nice the picture is and, at that point, you'll say, “But you have to see this,” meaning 'You ain't heard nothing yet.'

Then you slap in something that exercises all speakers and has a bass that rumbles at a gut level. We all do it, me included. It's a show off yet why not? You paid a pretty penny for the system so why not show what it can do?

Tell you a quick story. To my brother TV is plug in the TV and cable and that's that. To him all that folderol with multiple speakers just doesn't interest. To him it's a waste: after all, don't TVs come with speakers?

So he's visiting and I have this disc of the Viennese Boys Choir. My brother has a fine singing voice so he listened intently. He said how much he enjoyed it. Then we moved to another disc and he complained the bass was too much. Why? Because TV is small internal speakers and he's used to that level of sound. So I got Sibling's Revenge.

I got a disc with the THX logo and cranked it up Real High. The house shook. Rattles I didn't know we had were exposed. I could see, on the coffee cups on the coffee table, the surface rings as in that scene in Jurassic Park when the Tyrannosaurus Rex start stomping in. Know what he said?

“Michael, you're weird.”

Ain't I though.


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