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Is DD5.1 on HBO as good as DVDs?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Tim Kline, Sep 10, 2001.

  1. Tim Kline

    Tim Kline Stunt Coordinator

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    So since I've been noticing a lot of movie channels offering some movies in DD5.1, anyone know if the quality is as good as a DVD would be? My cable box won't support it but I'm about to switch companies (to RCN) and they say that the box has digital output and all, So I'm curious...
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  2. Jim Ferguson

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    It sounds pretty much like DVD DD to me. Discrete surrounds, LFE effects etc.
     
  3. ChrisAG

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    As far as I understand, satellite services broadcast their video in MPEG-2 format, which involves lossy compression (like DVD), but the networks are free to set the compression ratio. The more compression, the more pixelation you get in the picture. The same may be true with the Dolby Digital sound, though I don't know for sure.
     
  4. Don O'Brien

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    Shows up as 384 or 448K on my pre/pro, just like DVD. I have noticed no difference in sound quality.
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  5. Henry W

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    The cable I have is Adelphi (formerly Comcast) digital. The output is called advanced matrix stereo and plays like any of the DVDs I rent. In fact, I often rent some of the same DVDs I see on TV and the sound is pretty much the same. Braveheart even sounded better. I know its not Dolby Digital and I'm not sure what it is but it doesn't sound radically different.
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    I got my High Def setup last week, and I have listened to a few broadcasts in 5.1 sound..... It sounds damn good.... The first real program I watched at length was Band Of Brothers in High Def, 5.1 sound.... The audio rivaled many of our demo quality dvd's...... Full high quality front soundstage, Center Channel Dialogue was crystal clear, and the 4 surround speakers were active as hell......
    Worth checking out!!!!
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  7. Jeff Kleist

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    It's the same exact track, however the cable company may compress it more, and you may experience dropouts
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