FreakyFilmFan4ever wrote:I do find it a bit tedious that some Blu-rays or even DVDs lack a 2.0 mix all together. I'm afraid I'm in the same boat with everyone else when I say that I don't have a 6.1 set. I think one of my Sony DVD Players could fake a 2.0 mix by playing the various surround audio tracks in the stereo outputs. It was nowhere near perfect, but I could at least hear 2.22 on DVD better than on Blu-ray, which is really weird and kinda sucks when you think about it.
Then again, I've been needing to upgrade from my 90's Dean Markley house speakers for quite sometime now anyway. It's more money I'm not willing to spend just yet.
I think an appropriate fix for someone not willing to spend the extra money in a home theater surround sound system (like me) would be to see if there's a program on the internet that could fake a 2.0 mix, kinda like my Sony DVD Player could. I'll dig around and post something when (if) I find it.
Yeah it is a bit unfortunate for those who do not have this home cinema like set up, but I think the assumption manufacturers, directors and creators are operating under is that DVD is for casual audiences who do not have this kind of set up, and Blu-ray is for hardcore video and audio people who want the "true" experience of the film. While I don't personally agree with this line of thinking if that certainly is the case, I suppose I can understand where they're coming from? Sometimes ones passion for film doesn't equate to money, surprising, right? Not everyone can afford these home theatre set ups and as Blu-ray continues to take over DVD we're getting issues like this thread where people are just confused about audio channels.
Hell, just today I've seen someone here confused about aspect ratios and letterboxing. Some people genuinely just do not know how to handle these kinda "techy" situations and I feel like the film industry has failed to optimize for these lesser experienced people in regards to audio and video. Some people just don't know, or cannot afford, the "true" experience.
I think in terms of Evangelion 3.0 people are going to be completely god damn confused in many levels be it for better or for worse and unoptimized audio is just another layer of "oh I can't deal with this right now" if you know what I mean. 3.0 is an exhausting damn movie.