Galaxy Quest DTS vs DD

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  1. Dan Rudolph

    Dan Rudolph Producer

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    I currently have the DD version of Galaxy Quest. I understand it was replaced by a DTS version at some point. I was wondering if the DTS mix is significantly better and if it's worth the trouble to trade up.
     
  2. Adam Barratt

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    There are two versions available, one with Dolby Digital 5.1 and one with DTS 5.1 (1509kbps): both have identical features.

    I can't say I noticed any significant differences between the DTS and Dolby Digital versions of Galaxy Quest, (which is a little unusual for a DreamWorks release). I wouldn't recommend getting the DTS if you already own the Dolby Digital version. If you can, try to rent or borrow a copy to compare for yourself.

    Adam
     
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    The old arguments about dts apply here. IMO it sounds 'fuller', with a more pronounced LFE channel and livelier rears. I can't be any more specific than that I'm afraid! It's full bitrate dts though, and being a seperate dts release I wouldn't be surprised if the master used is EQ'd differently than the DD one. It has the same extras as the DD release as well.

    Edit: Adam beat me to the punch!
     
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    I just got a copy [dts format], never seen the film. Hope the audio is aggressive [​IMG]
     
  5. Malcolm R

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    What's with all these DD vs. DTS questions? Does no one ever read any of the dozens of reviews available on-line that offer comparisons?

    Here is an excerpt from the DVDFile review regarding Galaxy Quest:

    Comparisons of the Dolby Digital and DTS were quite revealing. While the Dolby sounded great, the DTS in every way opened up the soundtrack for a livelier experience. Bass response was deeper and more solid in the DTS. Imaging between the channels is also improved in the DTS version while the Dolby seems more channel specific. This is especially noticeable in the surrounds where effects flow gracefully from the front to the rears in the DTS version while the Dolby version is more clumsy with effects either audible in the front soundstage or the rear, never really smoothly transferring sound info like the DTS does. This is a top-notch soundtrack that the DTS excels at hands down.
     
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    I used to have both discs and I didn't think there was a dime's worth of difference between them. Furthermore, I don't think either disc sounded nearly as good as the theatrical presentation I saw several years ago. I don't think alot of effort was put into the home video versions, presumably because the film didn't exactly burn up the box office. Best wishes!
     
  7. Luis A

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    I owned both at one time, and prefer the DTS version. But honestly depending on what HT system is made up of you may not notice a difference. At the time I had compared them I was using ML Aeon fronts, Cinema center, and Scenario rears with B&K ref 220M's pushing the front 3, and a ref 2220 for the rears. With that system it was a near a dramatic difference. The DTS version was far superior, but even if a DTS version had never been released I coulda lived with the DD version too.[​IMG]
     
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    I have the DTS version, and I generally get DTS versions of DVDs, not because of the superior tech spec (as some have argued), but they sound more "spacious" with my setup and my ear, and in most cases, "extra" is not that big a deal" (if I have to choose between the two).

    All that said, in the case of Galaxy Quest, I don't think there is much of a difference between the DD and DTS, if at all (I did watch the DD with Netflix).
     
  9. Tim Glover

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    I thought Galaxy Quest did pretty well at the b/o? It took in over $70 million. Not bad for a movie spoofing a Star Trek genre that isn't making any $$.

    The dvd is really cool and even has a dedicated Thermian Track!!![​IMG]

    I once owned the DD version; sold it...bought the dts one. It's just more alive sounding with tighter bass and a bit more air on the top end. Enjoy! [​IMG]
     
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    Malcolm, I prefer to do my own listening. Just as I prefer to do my own thinking.

    Adam
     
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  12. Luis A

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    I agree John. I would love to see a GQ sequel.[​IMG]
     

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