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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Percell



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Posted November 30 2003 - 10:17 AM

Just a quick question. I have a Denon 4802r receiver with B&W 603 speakers (surround). I just watch the movie 'X men 2' in DTS. It sounded great, a little more on the bass side, but it really rocked. In your opinion which sounds better DTS or Dobly 5.1??? Thanks!!!

#2 of 6 OFFLINE   ChrisWiggles



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Posted November 30 2003 - 10:23 AM

Lol. That's anything but a quick question. In general, there's no right answer, it's been debated a lot. For specific movies there may be different mixes for one or the other that may make onse sound better. If you mean for this specific flick, then I don't know. But generally, they should both sound great, though I wager most of us choose DTS when it's available, but couldn't tell the difference between the two.

#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Johnny Ayala

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Posted November 30 2003 - 11:32 AM

Chris is right..depends on the movie. I watched Coyote Ugly in both, and have to say that DTS sounded better. But, on other movies, it didnt sound as good, and wasn't available on the disk. Trust your ears, they won't steer you wrong. Posted Image Posted Image
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#4 of 6 OFFLINE   Dave Nibeck

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Posted December 01 2003 - 05:53 AM

DTS plays back a little louder. This will give the psychological effect of sounding better (and make it near impossible to do a/b comparison). DTS is the only format that provides a discrete rear center. I generally select DTS when available and have spent little time trying to figure out if it sounded any better.

#5 of 6 OFFLINE   Vince Maskeeper

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Posted December 01 2003 - 06:49 AM

The theory of DTS, initially at least, was a less compressed (digitall speaking) digital carrier- more bandwidth meaning better quality...

However on DVD, the original DTS codec has been made into a "lite" version using about half the data rate as theatrical DTS.

Some still prefer the DTS codec to DD, although in many cases I really think the differences are subtle at best. The fact that DD is a 15:1 data compression and still sounds as good as it does is a wonder of modern science Posted Image

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#6 of 6 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted December 01 2003 - 07:53 AM

It comes down to the particular soundtrack and who/how mixed and mastered it. Given a choice, I will always select the DTS track first. Is it really better than the DD version? Who knows....

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[quote] DTS plays back a little louder. [quote]
This is not unilaterally correct, again, it depends on the master/mix.
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