Home theater test discs
December 9, 2011 3:53 PM Subscribe
Help me test the limits of my new home theater by recommending some good discs.
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (27 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Like the Death Star in Episode VI, my home theater setup has recently become fully armed and operational. I have a nice 5.1 setup put together piecemeal with great components, and just got a brand new Samsung 46" 3D LCD TV (the UN46D8000, if it matters.)
I'm the kind of guy who takes a well-recorded CD - usually Steely Dan - to the store when shopping for speakers. I made sure I had a copy of U-571 to play when I went subwoofer shopping. That's the kind of geek I am. I've never owned a TV this large or this high-def, though; and I don't own a single Blu-ray disc. The stuff I've used to shake down prior iterations of my home theater - Gladiator and Lord of the Rings DVDs, for instance - isn't adequate; I can see the MPEG compression artifacts and other limitations of the source material. Currently I don't own a single Blu-ray disc.
So, I'd like recommendations that would really show off the capabilities of my new system. I expect mostly this will be Blu-ray discs, but am also open to anything else I could play using my PS3 (that means no DVD-Audio, as Sony only plays the competing SACD format.) I love all kinds of music. Really high quality video and audio are equally interesting to me; 2-D and 3-D are also both interesting. I like action movies, thrillers, documentaries, SF/fantasy. I don't want to watch a 3 hour movie in perfectly-mastered HD and audio if the acting is terrible.
The only thing I'm not really interested in are animations (Shrek, Finding Nemo); most of these generally look awesome, so I'm less interested. The less CGI, the more excited I get about it.
What should I ask Santa for?