The Great DVD-Audio bitrate scam Dudes I have been reading a few comments from DVD-Audio users in these forums (Bobbypunk etc) with great interest about how low DVD-A bitrates actually are stated on the back of the disc package, well It was with great interest that I recently bought : Porcupine Tress : In Absentia (Wonderful album BTW) : http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=stts3&page=title&r=DVDA&title=157345 My thinking was it was available for roughly the same price as the CD version £12 from Play, and it would be interesting to see what it would play on (I dont own a DVD-A player but I use DVD-V @ 48Khz & LPCM @ 48Khz via my DVD-V player to an offbaord DAC), ie Ive heard that you can play DVD-A on some DVD-Roms in PCs, well heres my finding after one disc. Audio tracks DVD-Audio 5.1 24 Bit 48Khz DTS 5.1 16/48 Linear PCM Is this for real ? Ie does 48Khz surround sound classify as DVD-Audio ? I thought that DVD-A was packaged as being 5 x 24Bit 96Khz hi-rez surround sound or 2 x 24 Bit 192Khz hi-rez stereo. I mean this is a joke IMHO. Dont get me wrong the 16/48 LPCM track (ie a standard DVD-V readable track - the only one I can use on my DVD-Rom & DVD-V player) sounds sublime, but the 16/44.1 redbook CD version does as well its a very well recorded album. So the moral of the story of DVD-A is that it seems that it is being pushed as a 24 Bit format rather than higher frequency sampling rate (96-192Khz) quality, which brings me to HDCD & Some DVD-V material I have run into. HDCD recorded at 20 Bit 44.1 Khz is it that different to 24 Bit 48Khz ? or what about DVD-V material like : Dave Gilmour Live (Another wonderful live concert BTW) : http://www.play.com/play247.asp?page=title&r=R2M&title=109718&p=25&c=&g=25 This DVD-V disc has a 24 Bit 48Khz Linear PCM track on it, which sounds superb to my ears, so what goings on with DVD-Audio ? Nothing Im seeing is convincing me to adopt the format ie how many 24 Bit 192 Stereo recordings do you guys know of ? And if 24 Bit 48 Khz is the new standard on the ground, whats the point ? Your views are appreciated.