DD 5.1 or DTS?

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  1. Rob.melone

    Rob.melone Stunt Coordinator

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    For sound intensive dvd's such as Twister and Apollo 13, which is the better sounding format, DD 5.1 or DTS? Both are available. Thank you.
     
  2. Jason Whyte

    Jason Whyte Screenwriter

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    Moving to Software...
     
  3. Chris Atkins

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    It's been my experience that, all things being equal, DTS sounds better than DD. A good recent example of this (again, IMHO) is the 2 disc DD track for FOTR and the DTS track the 4 disc set. Huge difference.

    However, the gap between the two has been closing in the past several years. I have been listening to an increasing number of disappointing DTS tracks and an increasing number of good DD tracks.

    All my opinion, again.
     
  4. RobD

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    The reason DTS seems to have fropped in quality is that DTS used to encode and master all their own tacks until a few years ago. When studios started doing it quite often they did not have such good sound engineers and often used half rather than full bit rate DTS. Apollo 13 was mastered by DTS at full bit rate and is better than the DD version, I dont know about Twister.
     
  5. SteveA

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    Asking if DTS sounds better than DD is like asking if Coke tastes better than Pepsi!

    The answer is a resounding "yes" in both cases!
     
  6. Dave Molinarolo

    Dave Molinarolo Stunt Coordinator

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    I've got the DD version of Apollo 13 and IMO, the sound is quite bland. Really pathetic actually. I detected very little sound envelopment. So if you have DTS and want Apollo 13 for its supposedly good DTS track, go with the DTS version.
     
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    dts.
     
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    The general concensus for Apollo 13 is that the dts soundtrack is better than the DD one (particularly in the music portions) but the PQ may have sufferred as a result of the dts taking up more space on the disk than the DD soundtrack. As for Twister, I detected little difference between the two.
     
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    Dammit. Everytime I read one of these type of posts it makes me want to get rid of my Dolby Digital only Harmon Kardon AVR-75 receiver.
    Am I really missing that much by not having DTS?

    Jeff
     
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    Rob Gillespie Producer

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  12. RobD

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    Recently went from an old Pioneer VSA-E06 (First Gen THX DD) amp to a VSA-AX10I. I thought DTS would make a big improvement, but it is quite slight, general improvement in sound quality and volume is much much bigger with the change. My point is it is only one reason out of a coulple or more that most people would need to change. IMHO Dolby PL2 and DTS NEO6 were much more impressive improvements on the new amp.

    I found the following to sound better in DTS:
    LOTR FOTR (More spacious and refined sound)
    ACDC - Stiff Upper lip (Notably better bass detail)
    Road Trip (Slight improvement to music)
    Gladitaor (A few extra little details can be heard)
    Happy Gilmore DTS LD vs DD DVD (LD much more powerful mix)
     
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    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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  15. Rob Lutter

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    IMHO, half-bitrate DTS (which 99.9% of new releases utilize) will sound the same as Dolby Digital unless you are using some mighty fine REFERENCE equipment (like in the $10k area). Otherwise, the difference is minimal (I'd actually much rather have a PCM track, but that is just me [​IMG] )
     
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  18. RobD

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    Dont normally quote myself but:

     

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