"DTS Compatible"?

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  1. matt bee

    matt bee Stunt Coordinator

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    I was reading the specs on the Marantz SR7200 and it says this:
    Dolby Digital® (AC-3)5.1/6.1, DTS® 5.1/6.1 Compatible , Dolby Pro Logic®, Pro Logic® II (Movie, Music)
    What do they mean by compatible, exactly, as opposed to the other formats that don't say that?
    Thanks,
    ~Matt
     
  2. Ned

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    Means it can decode DTS 6.1 which is DTS-ES (discrete).
     
  3. Roger Kint

    Roger Kint Stunt Coordinator

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    I believe it can't decode 6.1. Just look at the comparison feature on their website against higher models. If it can do 6.1 (DTS-ES Discrete) it will say so. This one doesn't say so. It's just their way to push their product by saying yes it can *play* all DTS DVDs.
     
  4. ThomasL

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    Matt, what it means is that Marantz is using a matrix decoding technique that doesn't have the official DTS-ES seal of approval. This is most likely a licensing issue - i.e. they were not able to get the official license so they could say "DTS-ES Matrix decoding". It's compatible because , I believe, the algorithm for doing this type of decoding is pretty standardized. That receiver doesn't do DTS-ES Discrete, btw - just DTS-ES Matrix.

    cheers,

    --tom
     

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