Dolby Digital 5.1 Vs Dolby Surround 2.0 on normal TV

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Marius, Jul 8, 2001.

  1. Marius

    Marius Auditioning

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    Hi,
    I have a DVD player without a built in DD decoder (Pioneer DV-525). I don't have a home theatre system so I watch DVD movies on my stereo TV.
    Some DVDs (for example Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) have 2 English soundtracks (in this case called Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Which will give best sound on my TV (ie. without a DD receiver). What is Dolby Digital 2.0 surround usually included for in the DVD)?
    Thanks
     
  2. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    The DD 2.0 surround track is included for people with your type of hardware setup (i.e., stereo playback only, no 5.1 capability). On discs that have only a 5.1 track, your DVD player downmixes the track to 2.0 "on the fly". A studio-produced 2.0 track will usually sound better, but you're free to try both and let your ears be the judge.
    M.
     

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