No. of Recommendations: 2
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.

MichaelR, I love this entire post! I admit I have made the floorboards rattle - because I can! There is a big part of me that enjoys learning the finer points of A/V and what her equipment can do, and then there is that other part of me - the one that loves the visceral thrill of CRANKING IT UP! I think I need to find a good 12 step program :)


Part of it is technical. I have test discs that put my speakers through the whole frequency range and the low-frequency 30 Hz does shake things – it's designed to show frequency resonances that interrupt good bass – yet, frankly, it's not as satisfying listening to Master and Commander's transient peaks.

We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE our DefTechs as well. I think they deliver a lot of bang for the buck. I've played every kind of music through them, and it is absolutely wonderful. The real fun is watching movies or when the kids play video games. Talk about punch! I've watched more movies in the past two weeks than in the last six months.

That made me chuckle since we've all done it surprising ourselves pleasantly at how much data the new system brings out of older media. Movies we enjoyed before become more enjoyable because now the new system brings out a sound scape and picture scope we couldn't pick up before. In the home systems I've helped set up I've asked the owner to pick a favorite movie and each time they've said how better the picture and sound were. That's said because it is and not a justification for buying the system.

MichaelR: thanks for posting the review. The more I play with the 2807, the more I love it. Everyday I find something else it can do. We are very pleased with it.

What has surprised me is that across the past several years a 'good' amp doesn't have to cost a fortune as it did before. At about $1100 the 2807 has specs that cost more than double that a few years ago. Sure, high-end amps have features found on less expensive amps yet, these days, relatively inexpensive amps are studded with high-end features. Couple that with the almost-startling betterment of speaker efficiencies means a Really Good System is in the reach of anyone taking the time to do some minor research.

Question: have you tried out the dts function on the amp? You'll need a dts encoded disc to do this and, my guess is your ears are getting attuned to having Dolby 5.1. you can make a comparison. I always select dts if it's an option on a disc.

Anyone else want to discuss dts vs. Dolby 5.1 and their experience?


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