DTS HD audio

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  1. vinylman

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    I have just picked up a copy of the Stones blu ray - crossfire hurricane. On the menu I can choose PCM stereo or DTS HD. I only have a 2.0 set up. Can I still choose FTS HD?
     
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    If you don't have DTS playback, don't under any circumstances choose it. It can knacker your system! Stick with PCM stereo. If it's PCM it's likely to be hi res anyway.
     
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    I just read online that PCM is higher quality than DTS as it is uncompressed. Does that mean that a decent 2.0 set up will always sound better in terms of pure sound quality than 5.1?
     
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    You trying to start a war? :D

    I would say yes, but that has nothing to do with PCM. ;) Others on here would most definitely disagree!

    Surround on DVD-A is encoded in PCM then compressed using MLP. DSD surround is also compressed, but again uses lossless compression. At this point all surround data is compressed, but some are lossy (DTS etc) while others are lossless.
     
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    Thanks Overkill. That makes it clear. Personally, I'm not a fan of music in 5.1 anyway. My ears expect to hear music in stereo so that's my preference. Although I do prefer early Beatles, Dylan, stones and kinks in mono which is how the artists intended them to be...
     
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    Not always but not worth the risk. My Sony DVD player will play the DTS through the scart/amp as 2 channel.
     
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    Most DTS albums actually warn you (on the sticker!) not to play it through an amp that doesn't support DTS. If it does anyway, then there's no problem if it downmixes to stereo.
     
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    Is it a video Blu-Ray? It'll depend on what DTS format it is. DTS-MA is likely to be lossless anyways. But to be honest you've only got 2.0 so you may as well pick PCM :)
     

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