Posted August 18 2008 - 02:01 AM
| I've been following that thread closely. Film Mixer is a very knowledgeable and well respected member of AVS so I pay attention when he comments on these types of things. After reading his findings it seems that the TrueHD track isn't really much of an improvement over the DD+ after all. |
If I remember correctly the same claim was made about people not needing anything more than Dolby Digital back in the day. While I would agree that DD+ is a step forward over standard DD. I would not go as far as saying that lossy DD+ is just as good as Dolby True HD lossless. Back when it was only DVD and it was DD vs DTS, I choose DTS ever time. And so when HD came around I was ready to just buy DTS-HD MA just because. I purchased my HD-DVD player I was ready to see what lossless was going to offer us all. It ended up that more titles on HD-DVD where in Dolby Digital Plus instead of lossless. I have allways felt DD was not all that good and had its flaws. DD+ does sound better but to me there is still something missing. After I purchased my Blu-ray player I started listening to titles with PCM and Dolby True HD. IMHO Dolby True HD is a noticeable improvement over DD+ even with the use of DN. And while I can not currently listen to the full bore DTS-HD MA the core DTS track still IMHO sounds better than DD+.
I used to hate buying DVD's with a DD track, but today with HD video and lossless audio. When I go to buy a title if I see PCM, DTS-HD MA or Dolby True HD I know I will be getting the best audio available. I obviously can not say at this point how much better the Dolby THD track is over the DD+ version on HD-DVD because I have not heard it. But I have a feeling that Pat's review is going to be spot on regaurding the audio track. So far on the titles that I can listen to both DD+ and Dolby True HD, I prefer the Dolby True HD every single time.
Blu-ray has the space and does not have the data rate restriction of HD-DVD, we should get lossless on all our Blu-rays. Now if they want to also put original mono tracks and or a lossy track for backwards compatibility, I have no problem with that. I for one will be buying the Blu-ray version of Transformers and I doubt the HD-DVD version will ever get played again. And while I am sure that to the above mentioned film mixer at AVS, the DD+ track sounds just as good. I am sure that there is another film mixer out there that will say that the DD+ mix does not hold up to the Dolby True HD track. And since Michael Bay was so anamate about this movie getting a Dolby True HD track, it feel that he must have heard both DD+ and Dolby THD tracks. It will be very interesting indeed once the Blu-ray goes on sale on 9/2. Not everyone hears sound the same way so it will be interesting to see how many perfer the DD+ mix and how many perfer Dolby True HD.
Now there are some HD-DVD titles that have DD+ tracks that I will not be replacing. Titles like You Me and Dupree, Dirty Dozen, Enter The Dragon, Blazing Saddles and the Break Up will not get upgraded to Blu-ray. Hell it is to exspensive to replace everything and I think most of us would agree that upgrades are reserved for titles that are the most important to us. And since The Matrix trilogy has Dolby True HD already I will have to skip the Blu-ray release. But I will replace titles like Bourne Identity, U-571, King Kong and Transformers with DD+ tracks with Blu-rays that have Dolby True HD or DTS-HD MA tracks.