Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by bowenjones, Jan 15, 2003.
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Now what's the best?
Pretty sure ive read that before, never thought DTS was anything all that special anyway dont see much difference to DD apart from its louder
Couldn't be bothered to read all that - so which is best?
difference depends on the disc, but nearly all the time i prefere DTS and its a major factor in which dvds i buy (just awaiting arival of Behind Enemy Lines with dts). Listen to termonator 2 in DD and DTS if you can, the difference is considerable and my decoder was one of the cheapest i could find.
cant wait for my order of father ted box set and behind enemy lines from play.com
I let my ears decide. Generally I prefer DTS tracks & as this article indicates this is possibly due to differences in mastering and maybe more significantly compression as controlled by the amp within given parameters when using DD (DTS does not use this function on your amp).
Anyway the long and the short of it is that DTS is not necessarily better than DD5.1 BUT many DTS tracks are better than their DD brothers. I don't know why this should be but the inclussion of the DTS track may indicate something about attitude - "we have a DTS track, so lets make sure it's good"
well I certainly wouldn't part with my DTS discs, proof is in the listening..and I listen to mine all the time.
I'm glad you found my article informative.
I used to buy nothing else but dts disc's until i got a fairly decent amp.Now DD5.1 sounds better than any dts i've heard,even T2 ,as mentioned earlier.
any one know where your can get one of those DTS plaques that they have on the doors of cinemas, you know those metal ones.
theyd look so cool on my bedroom door, would impress all the chicks
from the online store here
Didn't realise it was you!
Nice article by the way.
Nice web site too!
I'll have a good browse over the next few days.
Very good article. I have never been convinced that DTS is always better although a few do sound 'better' (to me). I am in total agreement that this is nearly always due to having better masters (which, of course, is no bad thing!). However, I think that DD using inferior masters is becoming a thing of the past now. Take the new collectors edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, for example.
I note that you wrote this back in Nov 2001 have your views changed since then?
My impression of all these subjective tests is that they've been arranged by Dolby Labs in order to scotch suggestions that dts is the better audio option.
EVERY home cinema afficiendo I know says that they prefer dts because it just sounds better. Not because of a lot of technical mumbo jumbo.
In fact, a mate who knows nothing about HC was so blown away by dts sound that the went out and bought a complete HC package. He's a semi-professional musician, so I have to give him some credence.
Oh, and it's dts for me everytime.
Are you suggesting that Adam is an employee of Dolby Labs?
The article is actually considerably older than that: it was written in late 1999. The November 2001 update consisted of minor additions and alterations. My views today are still essentially the same as they were then, but I believe the differences between the two have shrunk further since the studios began to take full responsibility for both soundtracks themselves.
Dolby Labs have often freely provided equipment to permit comparisons, although arranging any sort of comparison was difficult before DTS freely sold encoders. Using the same material, I can't think of any instance when significant differences were noted. Any comments about the relative quality of the two coming from Dolby Labs or DTS directly must always be treated with caution (their most famous back and forth argument of a year or two ago was riddled with inaccuracies and half truths from both parties).
I know many people who consistently prefer DTS soundtracks, but I think it's important to know what's actually occurring from a technical perspective, and what factors other than compression systems might be affecting sound quality. Many aren't interested in the slightest and I can understand their point of view, even if it isn't my own.
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