February 20, 2009 by Marshal Rosenthal
The Blu-ray version of “Death Race” (2008) is loaded into my Panasonic DMP-BD55 player (providing audio through HDMI). I navigate to the loudest scene possible - two cars hurtling down the streets, tires screeching, machine guns blaring. With the volume turned up enough to shake the nearby cabinets, I play the scene through with the Yamaha on a 5.1 (surround) setting. Returning to the scene’s beginning, I change to the Presence setting and watch and listen again.
Technically speaking, the sound field has expanded both in width and height. But to real world me, it just seems to have gotten “bigger.” I realize that tweaking it with the DSP sound field programs will probably be smart to do. And I look forward to trying this out with some stereo music, as I’ve heard that Presence works well, if not better with 2-channel sources.
An Acquired Taste?
“There is a large and loyal fan base of Yamaha customers that have bought into Presence speakers and proprietary DSP technology,” says DellaSala. But are Presence speakers right for you?
In my case, I’ll stick with the Presence set-up and get replacement rear speakers. I advise listening to someone’s set-up and deciding for yourself.
If you are already a fan of Presence speakers, DellaSala says you can go one step further with Yamaha’s RX-Z11. “(It) adds front and back Presence or height channels. Provided you have the room for 11 speakers, it can really transform your room into a mega-cineplex. Sure it is a niche, but so is much of high end audio, isn’t it?”
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