VHS - better than DVD?

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  1. richard plumb

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    Just curious really.
    Is VHS capable of reproducing a better prologic soundtrack than DVD? VHS is an analog format, so the effective 'bitrate' could be very high, compared to a DD2.0 soundtrack of only a couple of hundred kbits/second.
    Is it possible for VHS to sound better than a DVD prologic track? Or are there other factors that come to bear?
     
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    Nope, Nope, Nope!
    Dvd's are ALOT better!
    1. Dvd's are "Cleaned up" allowing for better sound..
    2. VCR's have more moving parts, and that's bad.
    3. Dvd's are often encoded in Surround Sound, tapes aren't allowing for better sound.
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    There are only 2 good reasons why VHS is better than DVD.
    1. Cheaper
    2. Pretty much every movie is available on VHS and not on DVD, Which I hate.
    but being a DVD fan, I do not care about those factors, well maybe about not every movie (mainly 80s') being availabe, I want more 80's slashers.
    DVD all the way none the less.
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    Would you rather listen to a tape or a cd?
    I know that I've gotten rid of all my tapes and don't even own a tape player. Same concept.
    DVD will always be better.
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    VHS Hi-Fi tracks can sound better than DD2.0, at least at the low bitrates that the studios use. They can't sound as good as PCM though, at least not in my experience.
    Many mass-produced tapes don't track well enough to get this performance.
    If you want 'better than DVD' sound, laserdisc is your best bet.
     
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    quote: There are only 2 good reasons why VHS is better than DVD.
    1. Cheaper[/quote]
    Actually, in the rental market VHS tapes are more expensive. A VHS tape cassette is more durable than a DVD disc, has a longer rental life, and thus costs more.
    I believe that from a materials/production perspective a VHS tape also costs more than a DVD disc (not transfer/content production/mastering).
    Though not VHS, other tape formats are far superior to the lossy compression of DVD. DVD's are mastered from digital videotape.
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    Whatever the theoretical sonic benefits may be, the difference in video quality more than makes up for it in DVD's favor. And has been noted, DVD's can carry uncompressed PCM digital audio, which can sound very good.
    So your header should have been "Hi-Fi VHS- better than Dolby Digital 2.0?". In which case, the answer would be: "Possibly, but who cares?" (You would also have to define what you meant by "better".)
     
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