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Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS which is better.

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by MR2Harvey, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. MR2Harvey

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    I have some DVDs that have both DD 5.1 and DTS sound tracks. My amp will happily play both (NAD T752) do anyone know what the difference is? Which is preferable is both are present?

    There's a lot to learn isn't there!




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  2. SanPedro

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    Harvey

    The tracks are mixed differently. I'm guessing a bit here (someone else may better enlighhten) but they use different technologies to process the soundtracks. My own experience is that DTS tracks have more in the low frequencies which makes action movies more dynamic sounding I guess.

    There's been a lot of discussion previously on DD versus DTS with some fairly heated discussion on the subject.

    I don't know if there is anything better about either technology. At the end of the day it's down to the engineer that puts the sound together. You'll get good DTS and DD and duff DTS and DD tracks.

    Go with what you like and rather than what someone else says you should listen to.

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    Having read that DVD Snob thread, i take my original statement back. ;)

    Well worth a read.
     
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    See the ongoing thread "DVD snob?" in the DVD section ;)

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    Rendered irrelevant by Arsenal :laugh:
     
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    Hi MR2Harvey
    The best person to answer your quistion is yourself try both and pick which you like best.
    YOU WILL NEVER GET A POSITIVE ANSWER EVER.
    Everybodys different.
    Me i find dts to be more dynamic.
    Cheers Gonzo.:D
     
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    Harvey, if the film was originally shot in Mono the answer is normally neither of them :)
     
  7. MR2Harvey

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    Well I have read the suggested threads and links and at least understand it better now. DTS higher bit rates but maybe no so efficient codec, DD lower bit rates very efficient codec. I'll listen to both, I have a DVD with both on and will just see what I think. I must admit I thought this was going to be an easy question based on easily define criteria however it appears not. I was not even sure that my amp did DTS until I was messing around, I'll report back what I think.



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    Hi Harvey
    As far as I know DTS is not as compressed as DD so the sound is more open.
    Personally I prefer DTS, but not all my dvds have DTS on them
    Good luck
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    Maybe YOU should read the dvd snob thread as well. It's in DVD talk and will explain away the fact that just because dts has a higher bit rate, it dosen't mean it will sound better...
     
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    Besides a higher bitrate, there is also more space (bandwidth) allocated on a dvd for dts, which includes both dolby digital and dts soundtracks. Like was stated before, this does not always mean a dts encoded soundtrack will sound better than a dolby digital one. Some differences would most likely not be detected on many home theater systems as the differences would be quite minute. The best thing to do is listen to both and see if one grabs you a little more than the other.
     
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    Just to put it into laymans terms DTS is generally regarded as better. If a film has DTS then great it'll probably be better all round than the DD track.

    Superbits carry DTS for a reason.

    Monkey groove!
     
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    Is that right....hhhhmmmmmmmm I don't think so....not wanting to turn this into an argument, try reading this and then look for some back up to your statement...
     
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    DTS is encoded in a manner that it is more easily and faster decoded than DD is... AFAIK, DTS also offers more impact on the LFE channel. I all comes to personal preference, though there are less DTS receivers/DVDs.
     
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    I have listened to both DD and DTS on a lot of DVD's. To be honest, I struggle to find many (if any) differences in either format. Sometimes one is better than the other (I prefer Gladiator in DD, but X2 in DTS) but , but the difference isn't really astounding. I actualy did a blind test with a few mates using Pirates of the Carribian, basically out of curiosity. I played the same scene in DD and DTS and asked which they preferred. None of them could hear any difference, and one remarked "I liked the second [dts] one better, but it may be just me."

    Frankly, if DTS didn't exist, then I certainly wouldn't miss it, but since it does, at least people have a choice.

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    Just recived Queens Greatest Vol 1 and i was blown away by the soundtrack. I then noticed that my 3803 was displaying DTS96/24.
    Has any one else got this dvd and thought the same. Any more dvd's in this format???
    Daran
     
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    Vol2 is also 96/24 - not seen any others
     
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    Where did you get vol 2 from ?? Haven't seen it aywhere.
    Thanks,
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    region 1 only i think, there is a 3rd disc but it didn't stick in my mind. I think DTS 96/24 makes an amazing sound, but then i can only compare it to the PCM stereo.
    DTS has sounded more involving and detailed to me on every title i've heard it on, the higher bitrate must make a difference cause I check afterwards what bitrate it runs at and the ones that run higher do seem to genuinely sound better.
     
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    If you look on dvd compare they will often state that the version to go for are the ones with DTS ,but also they sometimes point out that a disc has DTS but the DTS track is inferior to another version with the DD 5.1 track.

    Myself i hear little/any difference between the two ..lol
     
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    Army bloke - very valid point but to sum up one thing they say, soundtrack makers usually pull their finger out of their arses for a DTS soundtrack so my point remains the same. It's not universally true but a DTS track is generally a good guide for good sound even if DD turns out to be better, DTS points to some effort into the sound department!

    N'est pas?

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    Army bloke - very valid point but to sum up one thing they say, soundtrack makers usually pull their finger out of their arses for a DTS soundtrack so my point remains the same. It's not universally true but a DTS track is generally a good guide for good sound even if DD turns out to be better, DTS points to some effort into the sound department!

    N'est pas?

    Monkeys madness! :)

    Don't even get me started on Porsche Vs Corvette!!!!
     

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