DVD-A question about listed formats

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  1. TomK

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    When I am looking at DVD-A's to purchase, ocasionally they say "Recorded in 96 kHz/24 bits". Sometimes a disc will have MLP listed, which I believe I believe to be the DVD-A format. Then there is this which really doesn't say that it is or isn't DVD-A.
    I find it very hard to determine which discs are actually the DVD-Audio format. Anyone have any idea what is real and wht is not?
    Tom
     
  2. Mike Broadman

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    Tom, that link you posted clearly labels the disc as DVD-Audio under the title.

    If a disc is labeled as "DVD-Audio," that is DVD-A using the MLP format.
     
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    This is a bad situation I agree. The DVD-A format supports many different resolution configurations. MLP is optional at lower resolutions. Just because it says MLP doesn’t mean it’s hi-resolution, but it is indeed DVD-A. The disc you mention is 96/24 5.1. Below I listed some rules of thumb for some of the DVD-A labels that I am familiar with.

    Warner uses a “high resolution” logo on their discs. All of their discs are also labeled DVD-Audio. Every one I’ve seen has a 96/24 5.1 mix. Most have a stereo mix as well. I don’t recall exactly but I think some of their early discs didn’t have a dedicated stereo mix.

    Silverline started issuing surround discs before DVD-A was reality, so some of their early discs are DVD-V with DD and DTS tracks. If the disc is labeled as DVD-Audio/Video, then it is DVD-A. All DVD-A’s from Silverline are 96/24 5.1, but they do not have stereo tracks.

    AIX: All discs from AIX are recorded/mixed/mastered in 96/24. Quality is astounding.

    DTS: Be careful of these guys. They are deliberately trying to trick you into thinking their DTS CD’s are DVD-A. If the disc dot not explicitly say it is DVD-A, then assume it is not.

    EMI: not hi-res they are 48/24 4.0 mixes

    Tacet: same as for EMI
     
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    Silverline is terrible with their labeling.

    I do have some issues with their disks, I bought the Beethoven romatic classics disk, and whike it is labeled dvd-a my players dvd-a light does not come on. It also asks me to pick dts or dd, this should not happen. I have doubts weather the disk is true dvd-a, when I check the sample rate it says 48 and not 96 as all other multi channel dvd-a mixes do.
     
  5. Craig F

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    Grag,

    Like I mentioned above, not all Silverline discs are DVD-A. The ones I have seen are NOT marked DVD-Audio. They are marked DVD-Video. New Silverline discs are better marked with the resolution clearly indicated in the upper right corner on the front.
     
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    Craig,

    The case is clearly marked DVD-Audio.

    This one has a 24/96 marking in the upper right corner as well. Do you have to do anything special when the disk is inserted to access DVD-Audio playback?
     
  7. KeithH

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    Greg,

    Every DVD-Audio disc I have ever tried in my Technics DVD-A10 has gone to the DVD-Audio layer by default. In fact, I do not know if there is a way to access the DVD-Video layer on the 'A10. I have one Silverline DVD-Audio disc and have had no problems accessing the DVD-Audio layer.


    Craig,

    My problem with Silverline Records is that they do not include discrete stereo tracks on their DVD-Audio discs. That is reason enough for me to ignore their discs.
     
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    Greg,
    The Silverline disc should automatically play the DVD-A track on a DVD-A player. I assume you have no problem with other DVD-A discs. i.e. your player is not set to "video" mode. I would contact Silverline. They announced that they were going to rerelease all their old DVD-V discs as DVD-A. It may be that you got an old disc with the new package.
    Keith,
    Yeah, I know you like old fashioned 2 channel [​IMG]. But as for Silverline, they are under the 5.1 Entertainment Group. Surround is their gig and they stand by it.
     
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    Craig said:
     
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    Most DTS entertainment releases use 48khz sampling rate on their MC MLP encoded tracks[except Queen's ANATO].
    Telarc's "Celebrating the music of Weather Reports" is 44.1khz[!!],this is the only disc that the DTS track is actualy superrior to me,by a small margin then the MLP track.
     

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