The perfect music recording adds as little as possible to the original performance: ideally, you should be able to hear the artist’s voice or the instrument he or she is performing on, in their original unvarnished form, as if they are actually there in the room performing especially for you.
By contrast, every sound you hear in a movie theatre is a trick. No one has ever stuck microphones next to a nuclear explosion and recorded it. No-one has ever recorded a T-Rex roar, the crash of a passenger liner as it snaps in two or the howl of a spaceship as it screams past your ear. These are ‘best guess’ sounds, designed to create a convincing and impressive sonic experience that adds to the movie theatre experience – but they’re not ‘real’.
In fact, every sound in a theatrical soundtrack is generated after the film has been completed. The dialogue is re-recorded in a studio, the music is introduced and then the sound effects are added, gleaned from a variety of audio sources, some of which can be quite unusual. For example, biological sounds – whales, especially – can be used to help reinforce deep bass effects in explosions, while the sound of the Titanic breaking in two was created using a gravity-driven concrete car crusher and some substantial decking planks. The sound designer’s art is also constrained by the need to preserve the most crucial element of the movie soundtrack, the dialogue. Most directors object to having their scripts obscured in a sonic melee, and are prepared to sanction some quite unusual sonic tricks to preserve clarity.
This distinction is important, because it helps to better understand the function of a home theatre system. Unlike hi-fi, it’s not there to convey reality: it’s there to create it, or whichever version of it the director is attempting to reproduce. To that end, the best systems should ‘fool’ you into believing that you are sitting in a movie theatre, enjoying the entertainment experience laid before you every bit as much as you would in the ‘real’ environment.
Therefore choosing the right equipment, that will give you the best of each experience, is quite important. Buying items that cost litlle very often also adds little to your experience of the music or movie you are watching, and is therefore quite expensive in terms of what value it offers. You gain more value when you rather buy less items, and put the money into one pair of really good speakers, and a decent amplifier. That way you get a good result from day one, and have the capacity to buy additional pieces to flesh out the sound as you go along, unlocking great value for your rand value. At Sound and Image we help you unlock the best value for you, based on your taste, room and price point, and know that these three elements create a unique environment for each person, and we love to help you narrow down the options that will work for you, so you can enjoy the items you choose, every day, for years to come.
As always we help you look at your home, decor, lifestyle and room dimentions, narrow down the speaker options, have you listen to which brand you prefer the sound of, and then help you find the best amplifier to drive those speakers. That way the system fits into your life in a way that give you joy to see and hear it in your home.
Stereo Hi-Fi for music or Surround Sound for movies easily controlled with Control 4 presets
For those who don’t get to shopping centres, please arrange for us to visit you when ever it suits you, or visit a store if you would like to hear the different speakers to see what you like best.
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