Has any of you turned off the monitor and just sat and listened with headphones to any of the Trek film's audio-only?
I'd recommend choosing the Dolby 2.0 Dolby Surround option as it already mixed for 2 channels and will work better for headphones.
Recently I listened to ST: First Contact on headphones that I recorded to MP3 while I was on an airplane and the stereo spread is really wide.
I also had some episodes of VOY and ENT. The stereo spread of VOY is nothing like First Contact!
FC is so much more engaging as an audio-only listen. Still entertaining but just much better sound design especially on the Enterprise-E and spread over 2 ears.
Have you guys done this either with headphones or just on the stereo in a darkened room without the TV monitor?
Since ST:FC is a 19 year old film maybe I should try it with STXI which is a very modern sound design.
If you really want to focus on the soundFX and music you can choose one of the foreign language audio options on the blu-ray/DVDs. Especially if you've seen a film so many times and you want something really new out of it.
For example if you've seen even a a film like STV:TFF many times and have the Blu-ray as part of the 'Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection' box set it has Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack for a film from 1989. I'm guessing it was just upmixed from 5.1 but never the less try out the French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround or even Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 MONO mix tracks. You should hear new things since the part of your brain listening for dialogue in English is turned off. It's all SoundFX, Music, and the tone of the voices that should tell the story through audio.
I made an older thread about this for Trek TV shows:
Audio-only Trek TV series experiences
some of the members mentioned that before VHS tapes of TOS they used audio-cassettes as if TOS were a old time radio drama.and plynch
In another thread someone suggested the TAS works better if you just listen and don't watch the horrendous animation.
Hmm. I may have to try that. Netflix has TAS without commercials.
by the way there are some fan film type productions of shows that are audio-only like old radio plays. They call them Audio Plays see this thread:
Finally - Star Trek audio dramas