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DVD-Audio : How good is it?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Timh, Apr 11, 2003.

  1. Timh

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    I have owned a DVD-Audio compatible player for quite some time now, but have been put off buying any software because of the poor choice.
    What do you think of the sound quality compared to normal compact disc? I have just ordered Fleetwood Macs new Album on DVD-Audio to gve it a test.
     
  2. Johndm

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    Well I must say that at first, its very impressive! But settle down now....just think... how many concerts have you been to where you can sit in the middle of the stage and listen? Or maybe one where members of the band were placed infront, to the side and behind you??

    Seriously though, DVD-A sounds brilliant compared to regular CD, although I now tend to use the high quality stereo track if available in preferance over DD 5.1

    Recently went to a Midge Ure concert, and not a surround speaker in sight!!:D
     
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    I've found with DVD-A that you think that's good, if not mind blowing. Then you put a CD on, and it sounds poor in comparison. Then you adapt to that, or MP3 and enjoy the music for what it is.
    I am buying every DVD-A I can get though, and choose them first when thinking of what to play.
    Roll on more discs.
     
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    Hi Tim,
    Try this site for some listeners reviews of lots of dvd-audio
    titles.....http://www.digitalaudioguide.com/dareview/music/ratings_highest.htm
    There might be something that takes your fancy.
    I have a few dvd-audio discs (including Fleetwood Mac's
    Rumours - which I think is very good) but my favorite is The
    Eagles, Hotel California which absolutely knocks the socks off
    the cd version with a superb 5.1 mix. The sound quality for
    something that was recorded over 25 years ago is simply
    phenomenal.
    REM's Automatic for the People is also an excellent listen.
     
  5. Timh

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    Thanks all :)

    I must admit I was tempted to go for Rumours and Hotel California, I have been a fan of The Mac and the Eagles for some time.
    The only problem I may have is that I will not like to listen to Cd's once I hear the improvement from DVD-Audio.
     
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    But is DVDA stereo as good as or better than vinyl?
     
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    Mmmmm tough one, IMHO, better.:D
     
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    Door LA Woman is good

    DVD-A is good
     
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    I'm hoping my DVD-A order from Play comes today to I can have a play over the weekend.

    I ordered 4 disks(Foreigner, Foreigner 4, Hotel California, and Corrs). I also borrowed the CD of Hotel California so I can to an A/B compare.

    Hopefully my gunged up ears will tell the difference.

    just waiting for DSOTM, War of the Worlds, and Bat out of Hell now :(
     
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    DVD-A = Very Good IMHO - Got loads of "rawk" stuff Metallica / Deep Purple / Eagles / ELP etc DVD-A breathes new life into these albums Brain Salad Surgery is a classic example - Lucky Man - WOW! - The bass will peel the paint off your wall :eek:
    Fleetwood Mac have released their new album on CD & DVD-A (even Virgin had the DVD-A in stock yesterday - £16.99 mind u!)
    I hope that is a trend that continues (simulaneous CD / DVD-A release I mean!) Good album too content wise although unlike Rumours which was loaded with extras the new one has NONE!
    The album is nearly 80 minutes (18 tracks I think ?)
    Paul ;)
     
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    Moved to Hi-Fi.
     
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    IMO:-

    Hi-res stereo tracks completely blitz the equivilent CD 44.1 versions. However, some DVD-A's impress more than others....more to do with the recording/mixing/production variations.

    LAWoman, Rumours, Hotel Cali, Buena Vista SC, plus loads of others are excellent.

    The DD or DTS mixes are OK but don't shine like the 96/24 MLP versions do.

    I also got the new Fleetwood disc this week (£12.99 - Play). Sound wise it is great...not yet fixed on the songs though.

    I hope that the format succeeds and we see more dual format releases.
     
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    Can anyone recommend any classical music tracks on DVD-Audio, I saw Beethoven's 9th and Johann Straus (two of my favs), are these any good?

    Also since I don't have a DVD-Audio player yet, what will the DD5.1 soundtrack version sound like? Is it particularly worse than CD quality (if you knock CD/DVD player quality out of the equation)? And will it play through an all-in-one HC system via a Digi Co-ax cable?

    Cheers!
     
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    my understanding the dvd-a will only play through the 6ch in of an amp and so not through the digital link
     
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    Yes but the DVD-Audio disks I've seen have a Dolby Digital 5.1 track on them designed to play through a standard (non DVD-A) DVD player.
     
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    If you only have a digital input on your amp then
    you won't be able to play the dvd-a MLP hi-res portion
    of the disc. However, as most dvd-a discs have either
    a dolby digital or dts soundtrack that can be played through
    all dvd video players then a digital input is all you need on
    your amp.
    On most discs there is a big difference between the mlp and
    standard 5.1/pcm stereo soundtracks but if you only have
    a dvd video player, then you will still enjoy the dd/dts versions.
    There are some excellent dvd-audio discs out there with
    brilliant dts soundtracks such as Rem's Automatic for the people, The Eagles' Hotel california and Queen's A night at the opera so,
    even if you can't access the hi-res track, you will still get some
    great sounding music off these discs.
     
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    The DVD-A portion of these discs will only transfer in encrypted form via suitable links to suitably equipped decoders(e.g Pioneer's Firewire Link or Denon's equivalent),otherwise decoding is done onboard the DVD-A player and output in analogue form via the 5.1 outputs.
    The quality of this output on some budget players is a bit variable!

    Whilst on the subject of variability,some of the DVD-A releases have been subject to the sort of nonsense that afflicted quadrophonics back in the 70's....i.e sounds coming from places you would never hear in a concert/studio.

    The Fleetwood Mac disc,and Steely Dan's 2 Against Nature are superb.
     
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    Agree to a point with Alexs2 that some discs are a bit gimmicky with use of surround. However, that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. It is just a 'time and place for everything' thing.
    Some discs seem well done e.g. LA Woman (you can follow everything all round the room), Bjork (recorded for 5.1).

    I think that DTS and DD sound almost upto a CD, but, you can't help but notice that bass drum kicks and high-hat tings just aren't as convincing. The 'ting' doesn't ring sweet on DD/DTS. CD it does a bit more, and on hi-res MLP it is about as good as you get.

    Having said that, I still really enjoy the DTS discs that I have so, it's all good really.
     
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    Just got Beethovens 9th on DVD-Audio and it does play in DD5.1 via a digital cable to my HC system, sounds OK. CD still better through my Marantz though. Surround sound music seems to just add ambience to the sound rather than have specific instruments play out of the rear speakers.
     
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    If the disc is mastered correctly & you are lucky / rich enough to own a Meridian digital front end (598>568.2) then DVD-A CAN be utterly stunning...

    Using that equipment, i have yet to hear the format sound so impressive.

    But, the name of the game is ££££££££££££££££££££'s.


    Adz....
     

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