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Hey Lush about that thread on LD vs DVD Audio quality you had almost 3 years ago, I converted lossy dvd tracks to Flac using Foobar 2000 & they sound equal to laserdisc tracks. i posted links to the flac files in this thread at avsforum.
my name is Dingane Walker on that thread
Foobar2000 stribs the dialnorm/drc metadata
Dialnorm was truly a bad idea. The compression algorithim used on dvd is actually higher than the one used for the theater. They added dialnorm for consumer use
Hey LuSh, check out this link: http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Dolby...PCM?page=2%2C0
Dolby Digital is a lot better than we think it is. Dolby knows the secrets, but won't tell us how to get maximum fidelity from our DVD's
Ever wonder how a DD 320kbps 5.1 track can sound like a DTS HD Master audio track in a movie theater?
I read online that Dolby Digital is Heavily Encrypted. I guess DD sounding so low in volume is Dolby's Anti-Piracy measure to combat Piracy. When a DD file gets encoded, all the levels of the master soundtrack go unchanged. Dolby knows what they are doing. I think it's a decoder issue not so much about the bitrate. Dolby has the hardware & the software to fully resolve DD tracks, but they won't release it to consumers.
I'm at my computer right now & I'm switching between DD 5.1, DD 2.0 & DTS tracks on DVD & listening to their LD PCM counterparts, & a lot of the mixes are the same.