LFE and Dolby Headphone

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  1. Jonathan T

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    My other post is just gone so I'm posting again.

    Ok, when watching a movie in 2 channel only, does the LE get mixed in? I'll be watching movies with a pair of Beyerdynamic DT770s and a headphone amp I built. THe DT770 is the king of headphone bass, it delivers more bass (It's stikk tight, fast and deep though) than anyother headphone out there. And I want to be able to take advantage of that and listen to the LFE.

    Ok, now for Dolby headphone. What exactly is it? Are there any sound cards that support it? What does it do? And, does anyone have a site or a list of the movies that have/support Dolby headphone?

    Thanks.
     
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    Pearl Harbor supports Dolby Headphone. When you select it from the audio setup menu, it outputs the faux surround to the headphone jack.

    I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 580's that are rated down to 12 Hz and they kick butt for late night listening.

    My Yamaha amp already has surround headphone built into it so Dolby headphone does me no good. I tried it on Pearl Harbor and could not tell a difference. I think the amp has to support D Headphone and mine does not.

    With headphone listening, the LFE should get mixed in. My Yamaha has a seperate setting for headphone LFE level vs. speaker LFE levels.

    Headphones have been a life (marriage) saver for me. I have a 7 year old who goes to bed at 9 or so and the amp is off limits after that.

    Enjoy.
     
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    The DT770s are rated from 5 to 35,000hz = or = 3db.

    I will be watching on my computer. So my sound card will be doing the decoding. In analog form it will go to a custom amp and then to the headphones. My guess here is that the sound card needs to support Dolby headphone. I won't be using any preamps, no recievers no DVD players. Just my DVD-rom drive, my sound card, my interconnects, my META42 amp and my DT770s.
     
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    LFE si droped when .1 channels are downmixed.
     
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    I listen to DH on my Denon AVC-A1SR with a Beyer Dynamic DT-531 headphone. The Denon has a DH decoder onboard. It's a very nice feature for late night listening. The first time I used it I lifted my headphone to check if there wasn't any sound coming from my speakers. Remember it can never replace a good speaker setup.
     
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    When you plug in your headphones, every reciever I've ever seen automatically switches to stereo. You do need to select the preprocessed track on the DVD to get the 100% intended effect, but any reciever with it onboard should process the 5.1
     
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    When I plug my headphone in I have to select DD on my remote and it switches to Dolby Headphone.
     
  11. Jonathan T

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    I know a good speaker setup will punish any headphone setup. But I don't have the money or space for a good HT and 2 channel music system. I'm only 15. So, for now, I'll stick with headphones. Plus, my brother doesn't like music, don't know what's wrong with him.
     
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    Ok Jonathan welcome to the world of hometheater! When I was your age I spended most of my hard earned cash on audio gear. I know it's not easy to buy a setup with very little money. You always have to choose[​IMG] . That's why I bought it in steps. In the end you will get there, it just takes a little longer.

    Best regards,
    Armand
     
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    >>Ok, now for Dolby headphone. What exactly is it? Are there any sound cards that support it? What does it do? And, does anyone have a site or a list of the movies that have/support Dolby headphone?
     
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    Yes, and ones by Acustic Research. But don't get me wrong I've heard the Sony MD5000s and they sound very good, so does Dolby Headphone. (You're right the echo does go away after awhile.) I'm not knocking these products, it's just that I think that Yamaha offers more bang for your buck right now.
     
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    I like the MD5ks but wish they come out with a model that transmitted digitally as I can hear hiss on quite scenes.

    FYI, the new Sony MD8000 also decodes DPL2 and AAC.
     
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    Mark wrote: >>SC sounds almost identical to DH but SC doesn't drop the LFE so the bass is far better than DH, and it doesn't have the echo chamber effect which was the only drawback of the Pearl Harbor DH track. Also SC decodes DTS while DH does not.
     
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    Correct! When you select Dolby Headphone on a DTS track it says DTS + dolby Headphone. It really is a nice feature. You can also chance the room size when listening to it. I think it's really nice when you want to keep the relation with your neighbours intact.
     

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