You already know that explosions and battle scenes sound amazing on your sound bar, but did you know that sometimes it’s the quiet scenes that really show it off best?
Not every sound bar can bring out the dialog in an action scene or the subtle sounds in a quiet, intimate scene that lets the acting take center stage instead of the sound effects. Current Yamaha sound bars feature a proprietary technology called Clear Voice, which brings dialog to the center channel so that it’s understandable even during a raging firefight.
What’s more, if you have a sound bar that uses DTS® Virtual:X™ to create virtual 3D surround sound all around you — overhead, too! — everything, including those incredible battle scenes, gets even better.
Especially on May the Fourth, you don’t have to flip channels searching for a good movie scene to make your sound bar shine. Check out these five exciting (and great-sounding) Star Wars scenes: (If you’re using a Yamaha sound bar, make sure you turn on Clear Voice before watching them.)
1. The Opening Crawl – Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
We’ve discussed the opening crawl in a previous post, but if you saw this movie in 1977 — the opening salvo in the entire Star Wars saga and a film that raised the bar for special effects for a generation — what happens next is seared into your memory. When that rumbling Imperial Star Destroyer glides into the scene right over your head and seems to go on forever, your mind is blown… and then it’s blown even further when you hear the sounds of a Star Wars space battle for the first time. Check it out here.
2. Battle of Geonosis — Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones (2002)
This battle scene has it all: the laser flak and explosions you’d expect, and dialogue that you can hear clearly over the roar of the gunships. And when the Trade Federation core ship crashes to the ground, you can feel it in your subwoofer. A bonus is a rare grammatically correct sentence from Yoda, “Concentrate all your fire on the nearest starship.” Cool that is! Check it out here.
3. Battle of Coruscant – Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The enveloping sound of this spectacular “Top Gun in space” battle makes you feel like you’re right in the thick of the fighting. Check it out here.
4. Han Meets Lando – Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Good sound doesn’t always mean loud sound, just as good acting doesn’t always mean impassioned speeches. In this scene, in which Han Solo meets Lando Calrissian for the first time, the subtle sounds that tell us we’re in a different world set the stage for the actors to establish the characters we know and love. Check it out here.
5. Trailer – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Get ready for two minutes of awesome. From the breathless beginning to the last tantalizing laugh, you’ll be riveted. Even with your eyes closed, it’ll give you chills. Check it out here.
Want to know more about the sound coming from your sound bar? Check out these posts:
Want even more Star Wars? Read our blog post “May the Fourth Be With You: The Best Moments from the Star Wars Saga.”