Skrillex - Right In (FLAC)
Skrillex is a new one that was brought to my attention by my son. The bass in ‘Right In’ is very dynamic indeed and in this particular case I even turned off all of the speakers to get an idea of how well the bass was reproduced. This is the type of electronic music that is gaining a lot of ground these days with the younger crowd and I have to say that I am becoming more and more of a fan of the genre as it is very dynamic overall. The DXD12012 shook things up quite a bit while also having a very targeted response. Once I added the speakers back in and gave it another listen I was fully immersed into the song and actually listened to it several times. Muse - Undisclosed Desires (FLAC)
I never really listened to Muse before the GTG earlier this month but thanks to Peter (one of other reviewers) they have jumped to the top of my ‘go to’ list for sub testing. The music has very dynamic bass in it and requires a very precise subwoofer to reproduce the sounds accurately with any authority. The Duo 12 shined as expected and did so with great clarity and wonderful depth. The dynamics of the bass in this song truly shined as the DXD12012 captured and maintained a near perfect balance of musicality and impact.
‘9’ is one of my favorites for demoing but for some reason I have never used it in a review. There is some noteworthy 10 Hz stuff in here and is the perfect test for the DXD12012. The bass begins very subtle then rages with the power of Thor’s hammer before subsiding into a faint rumble that just fades out. You can see in the graphs that 10 Hz is not a problem for these subs and feeling the rumble is very nice indeed! Below are some snapshots of the measurements that I took at various times during the movie. Several of these have also been captured in our Movies with Deep Bass database by other members as well. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Blu-ray)
There is an incredible amount of bass in AotC starting with the beginning as Senator Amidala's entourage approaches Coruscant and the subsequent destruction of the 'J-type diplomatic barge' on the landing pad. One of the things that stuck out to me is how much depth that this scene has in it with regards to the low end. This very much impressed me, as it is something that has not stood out to me before.
The second scene, well several scenes actually, that I listened to was the epic battle near the end of the film. When the clone army arrives and frees our heroes and starts attacking the enemy there is a nearly absurd amount of bass throughout and it gets downright RUDE! Yes, I mean that in a good way. Needless to say, the Duo-12 performed with precision and was never ‘boomy’ or muddy but wonderfully authoritative.
One of the reasons I used Star Wars Episode II was because all six of the Star Wars Episodes used Ken Kreisel designed studio monitor speakers and subwoofers for the sound design and mix. Miller & Kreisel has screen credit on Episode I, II, & III for the production speakers. Tron Legacy (Blu-ray)
Another outstanding audio for subjective listening tests is 2010’s Tron Legacy. There is a constant onslaught of bass to be heard and felt throughout this movie and of course the DXD12012 did the LFE justice and at times even took it to a new level with some very tight responses that in the past have come across a bit ‘boomy’ to me such as the explosions in the lightcycle scene. Overall it was a very smooth response from beginning to end that was once again balanced musically while being very impactful.
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