The BASS blast during the MATRIX test on THE LOBBY SHOOTOUT was very
good! Parted my hair with the subwoofer from 3 feet! Not bad at all! :)
I guess what I didn't like was the clarity. The lobby shootout scene
asks for at least 4 different ranges of sound. Gunshots, Shell casings,
High music, and then a Lower music. While the gunshots were loud and
clear, the music was muddy. I could compensate for this by adjusting
the EQ settings for my soundcard, but even then it wasn't perfect, and
this is the 1st player I've had to alter settings on. PowerDVD
lacked BASS in this scene, but it was otherwise clean and crisp. A bit
of overcompensation perhaps? Like I say, the BASS blasts were truly
impressive. Hey, if that's what you wanna hear, you'll be in heaven!
The background music just was warbled some and didn't have that clear
"ring" to it. But with BASS like that, you may not mind too much!
A problem with the sound was if the system was taxed. If I tried to play
DVD in a window and do something else, the sound got SQUEAKY? Lost bass
punch, and you could hear hissy type distortions. This only happened
sometimes using another application that required sound, however this is the 1st
player to exhibit this behavior? My soundcard will play as many sounds
as I can throw at it, so I can only guess it's a resource problem with
the player audio setup? Again, it only happened when I pushed it.
The audio was good. It didn't have the clarity that the Big-3 players
all boast, but it did a decent job, and it's bass was excellent. the
Distortion issue might be a resource problem that faster systems won't
have. VaroVision should consider other 3D sound standards that are more
popular (A3D and EAX). I know lots of PC owners, but most own Vortex-2
or Creative based soundcards. I don't know anyone with a Q-Surround card
personally, though I did find mention on the web that some exist.