Surface noise on movie soundtracks?

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Shawn McCann, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. Shawn McCann

    Shawn McCann Auditioning

    Jan 18, 2003
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    Why do reviewers use the term 'surface noise' when discussing movie soundtracks? I always thought 'surface noise' was something inherent in phonograph records, picked up by (and often caused by) the needle navigating the record groove.

    Is it really an appropriate term to use when discussing movie soundtracks?
  2. Stephen PI

    Stephen PI Supporting Actor

    Jan 31, 2003
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    Most reviewers aren't audiophiles and don't always use the correct terminology like you do. When they describe surface noise I think they are referring to the analog noise inherent in any analog magnetic, or optical source or any other pre-digital sound format.
    This really isn't the best suited forum to pose this question and you will probably find better responses in the audiophile section of the HTF.

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