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DTS, Inc. launches a variation of of its HD codec named DTS-HD Master Audio Essential


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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Sanjay Gupta

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Posted November 22 2008 - 06:59 AM

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DTS, Inc. launches a variation of of its HD codec named DTS-HD Master Audio Essential

Thursday, November 13, 2008

DTS-HD Master Audio | Essential

DTS, Inc. launches DTS-HD Master Audio Essential for Blu-ray, which provides the same quality high-end sound that consumers have come to expect from DTS-HD Master Audio. The main difference between DTS-HD Master Audio Essential and DTS-HD Master Audio is that Essential does not support DTS Neo:6.
For standard-def DVD only, DTS-HD Master Audio Essential products do not currently support
DTS | 96 /24, ES, ES Matrix, and Neo: 6. However, DTS’ backwards compatibility for content playback, makes it possible for you to automatically enjoy your standard-def DVD entertainment experience with DTS Digital Surround. DTS Digital Surround offers over twice the resolution of other standard-def DVD formats.
If you desire to playback the full DTS technology feature set with a DTS Master Audio Essential player for either high-def or standard-def content, you can simply change the audio setup mode in your player to stream out over HDMI and let your DTS-HD Master Audio receiver decode the DTS | 96 /24, ES, ES Matrix, and Neo: 6. Please reference your player user manual for details on audio setup.

Is it just me or this another product that seems to have only one reason for it's existence, ie. to further confuse an already confused consumer. As if there was a dearth of absolutely redundant codecs, DTS adds to the list of other such codecs, such as Dolby Digital +, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio.
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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Clinton McClure

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Posted November 23 2008 - 02:20 AM

What's next Sanjay, caffeine-free DTS-HD Master Audio Essential plus iron? Posted Image

I've been a longtime supporter of DTS but this really doesn't make sense. If they think the change is necessary, why not just do it silently? We really do not need another codec name added to the packaging.

#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Bob_L

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Posted November 23 2008 - 06:07 AM

Am I wrong, or does this appear to be a hardware-licensing issue? Perhaps a way to extend manufacturers the ability to include a DTS-compatible player-based technology in their Blu-ray players that doesn't cost as much as full DTS backward-compatibility?