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Dts Observation

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by powder40, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. powder40

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    Watched Gangs Of New York last weekend and noticed that the DTS Soundtrack had much more control over the LFE effects than Dolby Digital, has anybody else noticed how much tighter the bass is when you watch a film with a DTS soundtrack. Thats a few films I've watched now in DTS and noticed that difference.
     
  2. dunkyboy

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    There are great soundtracks in DD and great soundtracks in DTS, much as there are crap soundtracks in both. The vast majority are DD, so there's going to be a lot more crap DD ones than crap DTS ones. Furthermore, when a DVD is mastered in DTS, it usually means the sound engineers (or marketing bods) are putting special effort into the soundtrack, as it has a sort of "prestige" to it - and that can mean that the sound engineers put more effort (& time & money) into the DTS soundtrack, and just do the DD as an afterthought for compatibility's sake.

    As you can see, it's very hard to know whether improvements in a soundtrack using DTS are because of the encoding technology, or because of the time, money, effort & expertise that went into the mastering of the soundtrack. And in some cases, some people prefer the DD version of a soundtrack, so it's not always the DTS one that's better.

    It may be that DTS is marginally better than DD - I couldn't say for sure, largely due to the above reasons. It does seem with many DVDs with dual soundtracks that the DTS track is more dynamic and punchy - but then this could just be because DTS soundtracks are recorded at, what was it, +4dB over DD? Differences in volume level can have a surprising effect on subjective perception of sound quality (which is why level matching is so important when comparing equipment).

    Anyway, sorry - didn't mean to go off on a big spiel, but there you go. :p

    Dunc
     
  3. Ian J

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    Have a listen to the DTS sountrack on Don Henley - Live Inside Job, before switching hastily back to the far superior Dolby Digital track.
     
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    Have a listen to Saving Private Ryan DTS and then listen to a friends copy with the DD soundtrack - see how much better the DTS track sounds
     

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