Yesterday, I entered GVmax for the second time and expected to be wowed by the audio reproduction for Iron Man 3 the movie. Watched Ah Boys to Men 2 previously.
While the screen is huge and evenly lit by advanced projectors, the audio performance of GVmax/ Dolby Atmos leaves much to be desired.
To me, only the opening clip – the usual intro-to-GVmax-to-show-off-the-surround-capabilities – fully showcased the potential of the 67-speaker (61:3) system. That was the only time I felt enveloped by the sounds produced by the many overhead speakers.
Back to the movie: The entire mix sounded quite harsh and the some low end reinforcement would be nice. 6 small-ish-looking subwoofers for that large a hall may not be enough.
Finally, would I pay a premium of 2 dollars to catch a movie at GVmax just to enjoy Dolby Atmos? Simple answer would be a no. I think that the EAW audio system available in 112 Katong would suffice.