Give Your Surround Sound System a Workout on Movie Night

When you have a new home theater surround sound system, you want to experience great Blu-ray audio. So give your speakers a spin with some gripping scenes from recent films.

A home theater surround sound system can add subtle nuances when you're watching a movie or TV show, ensuring you catch every word of witty dialogue and fully appreciate every note of the score. On the other hand, sometimes you want to see what your speakers can really do with the experience of Blu-ray audio. If you want to let loose the full power of your home entertainment system while enjoying Hollywood's biggest hits, microwave some popcorn and check out these scenes.

The God of Thunder versus the Jade Giant in Thor: Ragnarok

One of the highlights of the latest entry in the Thor films from Marvel Studios is when the titular hero enters the Grandmaster's arena on the planet Sakaar to face an undefeated champion. Thor's opponent is soon revealed to be his one-time teammate on The Avengers, the Incredible Hulk. It's a moment that's made for surround sound speakers, plunging the viewer directly into a venue full of screaming fight fans.

The thunderous subwoofer sound and the dynamics of a center channel speaker allow you to enjoy every hit from these super-powered combatants as well as every punchline from the hilarious dialogue. You'll gasp at the impact when Hulk swings his war hammer and appreciate the pathos of composer Mark Mothersbaugh's musical cue when Thor attempts to calm down his old friend. 

The Amphibian Man arrives in The Shape of Water

Though the two main characters in 2018’s big Oscar winner The Shape of Water do not speak, sound is an essential part of how writer and director Guillermo del Toro spins his love story between an amphibious creature and a janitor named Elisa. The importance of the soundtrack and the immersive nature of a home theater system are both apparent in the scene when the Amphibian Man is first wheeled into the research facility under the supervision of Colonel Strickland.

As Strickland's voice moves off to the side, spouting commands, we take part in Elisa's curiosity when she hears gurgling from the tank. A wordless cry draws our attention in before we are startled by the creature banging desperately on the glass, demanding to be set free.

Leia faces death in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The most recent Star Wars movie is full of big moments that feature lightsabers clashing and iconic music from longtime composer John Williams. However, one of the most affecting comes early on, when the First Order fleet under the command of Kylo Ren attack the Resistance convoy. With surround sound, we can imagine how General Leia and Poe Dameron feel under fire. As Leia saves herself from certain death in the vacuum of space, the combination of swelling score and the understated low end make the moment truly awesome.

To get the most from every moment in your favorite films, you need a high-performance surround sound system. You can find the speakers that perfectly fit your needs by  taking a look at the selection from Polk Audio.