Bad sound at Dragon Tattoo
December 26, 2011 3:15 PM Subscribe
I tried to see Girl With the Dragon Tattoo today, but ran into sound problems on two different screens at the same theater. The symptoms were fairly specific, and I was curious if anyone familiar with cinema sound systems could tell me what the problem was.
posted by yorick to Technology (6 answers total)
The trailers I saw for this movie, at the same theater, had excellent sound. During these screenings, the sound was very thin, to the point that people reaching for popcorn was interfering with my ability to hear it. The opening song, which I know is huge-sounding, sounded more like a ringtone. Dialogue was overpowered by background music, and the audio sounded like it was only coming from small speakers at the very front of the theater. The trailers before the movie also sounded like they were only coming from front speakers, but the overall sound was much fuller.
I'm very experienced with studio recording, but I'm not too familiar with surround theater setups/how the sound is encoded on the media the theater plays. It sounds like there's some kind of center channel problem, but I don't know enough about theater technology to speculate beyond that.