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Awful 5.1 EQ,
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This review is from: Five Miles Out (Audio CD)
Don't get me wrong, I love this album, it is one of my favourites of his albums and the first Oldfield album I bought at time of release back in 1982. This review is purely for the 5.1 mix which is the reason I purchased this re release. Movies sound amazing in 5.1, I have a powerful system with a big sub. So with DTS selected I sat back as the menu music started and waited for the onslaught. Then (to my horror) I realised that the tinny bassless music I was hearing was not the menu music but was the actual thing. Yes, the remix is radically different (almost like a new version) and it fills the room with instrument positions but the sound is almost like you're hearing it from the next room, no presence and the EQ is truly dire. Flat and lifeless. Disaster Mike, are your ears shot?
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2013 12:27:38 GMT
Thought it was just me. Like you, I bought it for the 5.1 mix, as I'd enjoyed what Mike had done with 'Tubular Bells', 'Hergest Ridge' and 'Ommadawn' as he'd brought out certain nuances in the music that were lost in the original versions and spread the music around the channels beautifully. I expected a full-on assault on the senses with 'Five Miles Out' but the mix is bizarre. The percussion parts during the 'morris dancer' section of 'Taurus II' have been all but removed and the vocal chants during the lively, upbeat section towards the end of the track are drowned out by an overpowering centre speaker channel. His 5.1 mix of 'Family Man' is dreadful too. It sounds like a demo. The only tracks that come out well in surround sound are 'Orabidoo' and 'Mount Teidi'. I can't understand what Oldfield was thinking of here at all. I was expecting a room filling sonic extravaganza and instead, it sounds like he got bored and abandoned it halfway through the job.
All that being said, the new stereo mixes on disc 1 are a vast improvement on the original.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2014 23:52:25 GMT
Mike the Fish says:
Can I just ask, as I don't have this set, do both you guys run satellite speakers with a sub, or do either of you use full range speakers at the front? I'm wondering if all the low frequency stuff got sent to the stereo pair...
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