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Discussion in 'Music' started by Ken Stuart, May 10, 2003.
Wouldn't "DVD-Music" be a clearer name for the average consumer than "DVD-Audio" ?
The term DVD-Audio is pretty self explanatory, I don't see how changing it to music would be more clear.
It wouldn't be clearer for spoken word audio like comedy titles. (Firesign Theater's Boom Dot Bust for example)
There are discs that are "DVD Music," which are performances presented in Dolby Digital or DTS.
To clarify, I'm referring to the fact that the average consumer doesn't have a good grasp on what the word "audio" means.
And for those who do know what it means, when they hear "DVD Audio" they usually think of the sound portion of a movie DVD, ie the DD or DTS tracks.
If you do a web search for "DVD Audio" (using an engine that drops dashes), you'll get more hits about the sound tracks of a movie DVD, than you will get about DVD-Audio.
The whole SACD/DVD-A reality is confusing enough without ambiguous naming to start with.
SACD is a better name because the use of "SA" before the "CD" part, ie as a prefix, automatically implies a special type of CD. The eye can still find the "CD" part but it sees "SA" first.
A "DVD-V" has audio tracks, and a "DVD-A" often has video tracks.
The nomenclature (on the DVD-A side) is sorely lacking in clarity.
I don't mean to sound elitist, but if someone doesn't know what the word audio means, I don't have a lot of sympathy for them. We're dumbing down our society enough without having to restrict a new format by naming it DVD-Music when the format will be used for more than just music.
It's a non-issue. It's like fretting over the fact that many people think DVD means "digital video disc".
Sorry, however when I 'hear' DVD-Music, I think of a Music DVD.
Concert, video, movie, whatever...
Not that DVD-A is great, or anything!
Unless, DVD-V came first. Then DVD-A would have been a natural progression. Instead of a blunder!
I think it's a great idea, and it sounds obvious now.
Put "DVD-Music" in the music section of the store. I like it!
Now that I have a DVD-A player, I have a more visceral understanding of the issues I've seen discussed in this forum, and I'm pretty sure that no average consumer is going to be able to setup (or understand) a system that can properly playback a DVD-A 5.1 mix.
I also don't think any are going to care, frankly.
PS As regarding nomenclature, I think that the name of this Forum exhibits the same problem in reverse, i.e. it should be the Audiophile Area. For example, which comment are you more likely to see here:
" I love their use of B minor chords. "
" I love their use of 96khz sampling. "
This isn't a musician's forum. There are plenty of those on the net if you want to find them. "Music" is a perfect name for this area. If you want "Audiophile" go read what the wack-jobs at www.audioasylum.com write.
I think most people here keep the music/hardware thing in balance. I.e., they like messing with audio equipment & want to hear their music reproduced as accurately as possible, BUT realize all that is secondary to enjoying the music itself. For me when I buy a CD, good sound is a nice bonus.....and that's it.