If you are in the process of buying a home theater system, and if you follow our advice that we gave in an earlier post, you will be about to "test drive" your speakers (which, of course, we hope you have placed on our mounts). As we advise you to use your speakers for a couple of days to try them out in your home or entertainment space to see how they sound compared to how they sounded in the store (which is always god, by the way - that's why you bought the speakers after all, right?).
For sure, one of the tests you will likely try is to check the distortion at certain sound or noise levels. Can you keep the integrity of the sound from the speakers as you turn up the volume, and where does it start to distort and be more noise than sound?
You can always play music to check the speakers, but can be suggest testing them along with the TV by viewing a good action movie? Movies that have explosions, loud vehicles or machines and gunfire tend to be very good testing grounds for speakers because good explosions may distort at lower volume levels than some music would. These could be a good barometer for the quality of your speakers.
Check out this list of the best action movies of all time. Do you have any of these in your current Netflix subscription or in your DVD or Blu-ray collection? Pop a couple of these in during your testing phase and see how you do.
Here is one list of some the top action movies of all time, in no particular order. Do you like this list? Would you change it? How?
- Top Gun (1986), starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer
- Casino Royale (2006), starring Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench
- Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003), starring Uma Thurman
- Face/Off (1997), starring Nicolas Cage and John Travolta
- The Rock (1996), starring Nicolas Cage and Sir Sean Connery
- Speed (1994), starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock
- Predator (1987), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Enter the Dragon (1973), starring Bruce Lee
- The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), starring Matt Damon
- Lethal Weapon (1987), starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover
- The Matrix (1999), starring Keanu Reeves
- Aliens (1986), starring Sigourney Weaver
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), starring Harrison Ford
- Die Hard (1988), starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman