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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Joe, Nov 21, 2002.
Is DTS 96/24 an option I should look for on the reciever or the DVD player or at all?
What price range are you looking at? Alot of new receivers above $1000 have it anyways, but with a very limited supply of titles, I wouldn't consider it a must have feature.
I heard one song off a demo disc(Queen)and it was impressive. Hopefully, we'll see some support for the format.
Sony DA2ES has that option and it can be bought for $445.
A DVD player needs only to be dts compatible. It does not need to know anything about dts 96/24 or dts-ES to support these formats.
The software is scarce, and the benefit of the format is debatable, but it is a nice feature to have. You may find yourself with 'dts 96/24 envy' in a couple years when the format is more widely supported. The only film that I know of in the format is the region 2 (IK) Tomb Raider. You can download a list of all dts titles (music CD's, movies on DVD, and DVD-Audio with dts tracks) from the dts website. The lists will indicate which have dts-ES discrete or matrix, and which have dts 96/24.
The receiver or processor must have the ability to decode DTS 96/24 and DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, but the player itself only has to have a "DTS Digital Out" logo to pass all DTS bitstreams.
i find it hard to believe that dts 24/96 for a movie soundtrack is necessary at all...i can see it being good for maybe music, being equivalent to dvd-audio, but for movies it seems to me to be unnecessary overkill and wouldnt be noticeable at all vs. 48khz dts. just my HO.
Thanks for the info.
So I was looking at the Rotel RSP-1066 pre/pro but it does not mention support for DTS 96/24. Can any Rotel owner confirm that?
It does not have DTS 96/24 support.
joe, get the rotel. IMO dts 96/24 is a gimmick and is unneccesary for movie soundtracks.
I agree that DTS 96/24 is not really an issue today. I would not base any purchase decision on that feature alone.
But I disagree that DTS 96/24 is a "gimmick". It does sound better than regular DTS. And you don't need to buy an SACD or DVD-Audio player to play it. I do agree that it may never really catch on though...
chuck, i find it hard to believe it would make any noticeable difference on a movie soundtrack. it may make a difference on music, such as the infamous queen dts96/24 cd everyone here keeps mentioning. however, if you use dvd-audio as i do you get the same resolution (96/24) so dts 96/24 is unneccesary for me. not worth it to lose 400 bucks to get rid of my 3802 for the 3803.
Don: I see your point. Movies are artificial sound events. But I think it's worth pointing out that most of us can often hear differences (ie. improvements) between DD and DTS soundtracks on many movies. All that I have heard on DTS 96/24 to this point is the Queen DTS 96/24 disc and the Queen Greatest Video Hits Vol. 1 (disc 1 is DTS 96/24.) Still, to my very skeptical ears, the improvement that DTS 96/24 brings is beyond subtle.
I do agree with you that if one has already invested in SACD or DVD-Audio, then there would be little reason to spend any extra to buy into another new format that has virtually no software. But after seeing how quickly plain-jane DTS took off after so many delays, I wouldn't count DTS 96/24 out yet. (Corporate DTS seems to have a major marketing ability.) Even after DVD-Audio and SACD has had such a big head start...
If this sounds like a DTS 96/24 commercial, I don't intend it to be that way. At this point, I can't recommend that anyone buy/upgrade their equipment just to get it. Not enough software.
DTS 96/24 may become more relevant if JVC completes their DTS support for D-Theater players, and may become part of one or both of the competing blue laser disc movie formats.