Question about DVD-Audio compatibility.

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  1. TonyH

    TonyH Auditioning

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    Hi,

    I'm thinking about buying the DVD-Audio version of Bjork's Vespertine CD but I have a few questions first.

    1. Will I be able to play the 5.1 track on my DVD player or do I need a DVD-Audio player?

    2. Can I play this DVD in a regular CD player or would I have to buy the regular CD to play in my car?

    Great forum BTW.
     
  2. PatrickM

    PatrickM Screenwriter

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    Tony,

    The answer to question 1 is yes you will be able to play this on your DVD player that is not DVD-A compliant. Almost all DVD-A's have a Dolby Digital 5.1 track at least and sometimes a DTS one as well.

    The answer to question 2 is no you cannot play it on a regular CD player. The player must be a DVD player of some sort for it to play.

    Patrick
     
  3. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden Producer
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    Here's a related question. What bitrate, typically, are the DVD-Video compatible DD5.1 mixes encoded at? Does it vary?

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  4. TonyH

    TonyH Auditioning

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    Thanks PatrickM.

    I know I'm going to buy it, since I've downloaded the entire CD and already know that I love it, but I'm just not sure which format to buy.

    As much as I want to experience Vespertine in 5.1, I listen to most of my music in my car, at work or sittin at my computer at home. Rarely do I listen to music sitting on my couch.

    Oh well, I'll think about it some more.
     
  5. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

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    Ken, I don't know what bitrate(s) is/are used for Dolby Digital tracks on DVD-Audio discs. I imagine it could vary. All I do know is that the Dolby Digital tracks are nowhere near as good as the DVD-Audio tracks. I have yet to hear a Dolby Digital track on a DVD-Audio disc that rivals a quality Dolby Digital music DVD like James Taylor Live at the Beacon Theater.
     
  6. Philip Hamm

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    Agreed, it will not sound great. If there's a dts track that will be pretty good, but the DD tracks I've sampled were not very impressive.
     

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