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DTS or DolbyDigital? Poll

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by phillips321, Dec 21, 2004.

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  1. DTS

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    85.4%
  2. DolbyDigital 5.1

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  1. phillips321

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    Hi guys.

    Im new to the home cinema scene but im confused as to which surround mode i should be using. My set up is

    Crystal DiVX player
    Yamaha A5

    Eltax Concept (front) (all bass routed through these)
    Eagle (rear)
    Sony (centre)

    Most of the DVDs i have give me a choice of either DolbyDigital 5.1 or DTS, which shouldi choose? What are the differences between them?

    Can any one also point me in a direction that directly compares them both?

    Cheers guys
     
  2. Family Guy

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    Pertsonally mate, i would just carry out a search using the search facility...or put your flamesuit on and prepare to run, you just don't know what you have started...

    Mind you, the monthly DD vs DTS debate seem to be petereing out just lately, maybe this will rekindle the flame.... :devil:
     
  3. Family Guy

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    This should get you going... :thumbsup:
     
  4. the_sanguine

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    Can I ask a dumb question?...

    What's the difference?
     
  5. Mad Mikeyboy

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    This debate is always going on. I find that on most dvd's available in dts you have to actually manually change it in the audio options menu. So if it's not the best option why is it not default sound when you stick the disk in???
     
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    DTS is not the default soundtrack as it is ONLY compatible with DTS decoders. Those people that have their DVD player sound connected to a TV or a non-DTS amp will get no sound at all.

    Cheers

    Phil
     
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    I normally use DTS if given the choice!
     
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    If there is a DTS option I use it, I am not even sure why! I think its time spent on this forum has convinced me DTS is better. I don't think I could tell the difference in a blind test :blush:

    One thing I have noticed is that DTS seems to have more bass and is louder, may be thats just my system. Any well mastered 5.1 track sounds good Dolby or DTS, but there are many dodgy ones out there - I have a lot of older films that state 5.1 on the package, but they rarely make use of the full surround - which isn't suprising considering the source material is analogue stereo.
     
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    The poll speaks for itself :D

    (bloody Dolby fan boys! :rolleyes: )
     
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    In my experience, DTS is louder but Dolby Digital is more refined and has a smoother transition between very low frequency bass and more 'mainstream' bass, resulting in a more pleasing soundtrack...

    ... to my ears anyway.

    Ignore the DTS claims that their system uses a higher bitrate than Dolby Digital - this does not take into account the fact that the compression algorithm used by Dolby Digital is quite a bit more sophisticated and so more information can be packed into a lower bitrate than with DTS.
     
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    Always use DTS if it is available
     
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    Hmmm. Poll suggests DTS is the prefered choice, I am not suprised, I even chose DTS, but as I said before I am not sure why.., I would like to see what people prefer in a blind test!!!
     
  13. the_sanguine

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    What's the difference?
     
  14. Messiah

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    Different encoding technologies. As to actual difference (ie when listening) that is the subject of much debate :D. Hence this thread, and many others like it.
     
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    I see the point you are making but (and isn't there always a but) I honestly think that you can't really compare DD and DTS, DTS is streets ahead!!

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    DTS uses much less compression and hence more of the original soundtrack is retained.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    Can you post some scientific proof of this? or is it just your opinion...?
     
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    Crap...Read this thread (including the links - in fact espicially the links) to find out why that is a myth...DTS may have a highe bandwith, but Dolby Digital is a less lossy format, which means that more of the original track remanins in the encryption.
     
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    Technically speaking DTS should be ahead of DD with all that bandwidth available, higher sampling rate, wider frequency band etc. but in real terms it's not. There are instances where DD sounds better than DTS and visa-versa, but most of these are down to the mixing rather than the technology.

    There are instances where DD can't compete, and if you want a discrete rear channel for 6.1 then DTS is the only format to support it (LOTR extended editions are a fine example). But all the raw facts and figures in the world can't compete with the fact that if the guy mastering the audio happens to be having a good day when he does the DD/DTS transfer, that'll be the winner.

    I don't understand why people get so hung up on it. Personally I find that DTS sounds better, but I think it's more to do with the fact that it's added after the main soundtrack get's mixed and hence get's some special attention.

    At the end of the day, isn't it just nice to have a choice?
     
  20. Benfica

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    Just for curiosity, can you provide me the name of a DVD title that has both DD and DTS where DD is better then DTS ?

    Best regards
     
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    No - but I could list all day the dics where ther are no or very minimal differences...
    I never said that DD was better than DTS...I'm just of the opinion that it's not THAT MUCH better...not enough to waste valuable bulb on my PJ going through the menu's to select a soundtrack that isn't any better than the one I would by pressing "PLAY"...

    There are however, instances, where there are extended mixes of the Doby version on a disc where the DTS version is un extended...Atlantis being one...Peter Pan being another.
     
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    Zzzz.....
     
  23. Mylo

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    DTS or Dolby?

    Couldn't care less as long as it makes the walls shake at reference level :D
     
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    I've been choosing DTS lately (where I can) but that's largely because I haven't had DTS capability for very long (previous AVR only had Dolby Digital). Can't say that I've noticed a huge difference, except some bass that seems a bit louder. Visuals distract enough from critical listening to minimize the differences anyway.
     
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    Honestly i think both are as good ... as who makes them want them to be good.

    Unfortunately, there are some cases where DD or DTS tracks do not have the quality that should be required in a commercial DVD (at least in my opinion). After all we still pay a considerable amount for an original DVD and sometimes what we get is crap (audio concerned, for what matters). But we only find that after buying it !
     

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