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Soundbars: Difference in surround-sound decoders?

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Peter McM

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Posted January 24 2012 - 02:07 PM

I've amassed some Best Buy gift cards from the holidays and am looking to put them toward a soundbar/subwoofer for my DLP. I've narrowed the choice between the Sony HTCT550W and Panasonic SCHTB520. BB's specs list both as capable of decoding Dolby Digital and DTS, but Sony also mentions Dolby True HD, Dolby True Mono, DTS 96/24, and DTS HD. I'm confused by all the extra terms. Does this mean if I have a Blu Ray mastered in, say, TrueHD, it would sound better on the Sony?
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#2 of 2 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted January 24 2012 - 04:18 PM

TrueHD and Master Audio found on BluRay discs are indeed better audio formats than the older Dolby Digital and DTS. I don't know much about soundbars but a quick look makes me think that Sony is much better than that Panasonic.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.