What the difference between DTS and DVD-A?

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  1. Matt Odegard

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    Is their a difference? I was looking at the Eagle's Hell Freezes Over and I think it said DTS. Is this just as good as DVD-A?
     
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    Matt,

    Welcome to the forum. In our Primer you will find much of the information like the one you're asking for, e.g. here.

    In short: DTS is an audio format for film music, has specific surround- and other spatial channels and is compressed.

    DVD-A is for audio only and is not compressed. A real audio-freak wouldn't want to listen to compressed music. Only during the watching of movies. Not if it's not necessary.

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    It is my understanding that DTS CD format essentially became DVD-A. The HFO DVD/CD is still one of the best done DTS mixes I've heard.
     
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    No. DVD-A is, as I said, lossless and while DTS fought to be used for DVD-A, they failed, and rightly so since their format is very lossy indeed. MLP (Meridian Lossless Packing) is used on DVD-A and theoretically should yield a result identical to the fully uncompressed masters.

    DTS CD is sort of a "fake" CD that tricks a cd player into playing it, and requires a digital output to feed the data to a dts decoder. It utilizes the same DTS that is used on DVD video. I beleive DTS was trying to come up with a lossless format for DVD-A but they didn't make it, Meridian had it in the bag.

    Again, there is tons of confusion here as I just realized when I did a couple quick searches. I found one site (http://www.targetpc.com/hardware/aud...ats/dts_audio/) that was just flat out wrong. Perhaps outdated, but perfect evidence that one shouldn't take ANYTHING online as the hard-fast truth unless from a clearly official source. (not even me [​IMG] )
     

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