DVDs in DD-EX and DTS-ES

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  1. Duke H

    Duke H Stunt Coordinator

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    Wow! I just picked up the new remaster of "Highlander." It is in an aluminum sheath, and has 2 discs...one is the movie, the other is a disc of Queen videos, music, etc. Anyway, here's the cool thing...IT'S RECORDED IN DTS-ES AND DD-EX! I'd never heard DD-EX, but now that I have, let me tell you...it is incredible! Not quite as good as DTS-ES, but almost as good. The difference between DD-EX and DD is more noticable than the difference between DTS and DTS-ES...probably because my Yamaha HTR-5560 (RX-V630) can't do DTS-ES discrete-only matrix. It does decode both DD discrete and matrix, however, and there is a substantial difference with the 6th channel added. What other movies are in DD-EX?
     
  2. Duke H

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    Oh, another thing. I forgot to mention a few more things. The 2nd disc is music only. Not bad sounding (thanks to DTS-ES), but there are only 3 tracks. Also, the disc is THX certified, and has the whole "THX audio and video calibration" menu included on the disc. I personally think the whole THX thing is a joke and a scam, but for those of you who like in, here you go.The remastered picture is really good, but on a few scenes, the quality is a bit grainy-like VHS. All-in-all, though, it's a good buy. You can get the regular edition (single disk, dd-ex, dts-es) at Best Buy for $9.99. Worth the $10.00 just to hear DD-EX in action. I'd say the same for DTS-ES, but there are several titles out in that format already. But back to my original question....what other movies are out there in DD-EX (aka THX-EX)? Thanks.
     
  3. Adam Barratt

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    Click here for an extensive list of Dolby Digital Surround EX and DTS-ES Matrix and Discrete 6.1 discs available.
    I believe the second disc of the Highlander: Immortal Edition is a conventional stereo PCM CD, so isn't a DTS-ES recording. Also, there is no discrete variant of Dolby Digital Surround EX; a discrete back-surround channel is available only from the DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 format.
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    You might want to check out the airship race in "The Phantom Menace" - it goes right around your listening room in EX.
     
  5. Duke H

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    Thanks Doug and Adam,

    Adam, I believe that DD-EX discrete is a reletively new format. The Yamaha 5560 decodes EX discrete. There is more info about the format. Check out the post under Receivers/seperates/amps titled, I believe, New Yamaha Review. Jason Caudill talks about it more in depth.
     
  6. Troy LaMont

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    Duke,
    Dolby doesn't have a discrete EX format at present. Only DD-EX which is a matrix 5.1 surround format.
    You may have confused it with DTS-ES Discrete.
    What part of Ohio are you from? I just hosted a HT meet at my house on Saturday. I'm in the Cincinnati area. We try to get together around every calendar quarter.
    Troy
     
  7. Duke H

    Duke H Stunt Coordinator

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    Troy,

    I live in central Ohio, around Columbus. I'm about 2 hours away. If you want, you can send me some info about the HT meets. I wouldn't mind the drive.

    Adam and Troy,

    My appoligies. I looked up Yamaha's definition of DD-EX, and they actually state that it is created out of a 5.1 signal. The Yamaha decodes Matrix DD-EX and DTS only. I heard that the 630 was set up to decode DD-EX discrete, but I'll have to check my source to make sure I'm not mistaken. Wasn't DD-EX licensed to THX for a while? THX-something?
     
  8. Troy LaMont

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    Duke,

    I'll put your email address on my contact list.

    Yes, it used to be referred to as 'THX Surround EX'.

    Troy
     

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