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    Default Dolby Digital vs DTS

    Which is preferred by most, anything other than DD or DTS? I have no experience with anything other than regular ole' Dolby Surround or Dolby Digital. Is DTS that much better? There seems to be so many formats these days it's confusing, well to me anyways.
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    The newer formats leave the old DD in the dust. HD DTS master audio is where it's at today from blu-ray. Of the 2 you mentioned,I prefer DTS when available, but the newer formats are head and shoulders above them.

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    Those are DVD formats. Hopefully, you have a Bluray by now. On Bluray there is no difference, since both are lossless. On DVD, DTS can have a little bit more information, which can sound a bit better. If you have the gear to hear it.

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    I don't have a Bluray. So I am not going to see the benefits of DTS with a standard DVD player? Not even DTS music DVD's?
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    I definitely prefer DTS on DVDs. The dynamics seem to always be noticeably better to my ear than Dolby Digital.
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    I think Dolby Digital tends to be more compressed (640kbps) vs DTS (1500kbps). Also, I believe Dolby Digital is limited to 48khz vs 48 / 96 khz that's possible on DTS. So depending on what you're watching, DTS may sound better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    I don't have a Bluray. So I am not going to see the benefits of DTS with a standard DVD player? Not even DTS music DVD's?
    I usually prefer DTS to DD with a DVD player, especially with music DVD's.

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    Definitely DTS when available. Neither are as good as the new lossless formats, but DTS sounds better than DD.
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    Dolby is the industry standard that all is measured by. DTS is also a industry standard just newer then Dolby.
    Years ago when DTS came out , then tended to boost the rear and sub channels a bit giving a false sense of "better". Later they used a better compression technic which tended to sound a bit better then Dolby Digital.
    If you want proof in the pudding , just watch Gladiator in DD then DTS , you will notice quite a bit more info in the DTS track. Another good one is Pearl Harbor followed by Saving Private Ryan.

    Personally I like DTS over Dolby as it to me sound cleaner and more dynamic.
    Now when you go Blu ray , things tend to level out. Most movies are coming in DTS MA over Dolby True HD which is strange but backed by popular demand, Studio's are going with DTS for the replay tracks.

    As noted , the better the system the more you will notice the differences between the 2.

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    The biggest issue is that few DVDs come with DTS. I check every Netflix DVD, and when I get a DTS DVD it is like a present. As mentioned, with BlueRay the point is moot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    The biggest issue is that few DVDs come with DTS. I check every Netflix DVD, and when I get a DTS DVD it is like a present. As mentioned, with BlueRay the point is moot.

    Okay that answers my last question. A regular DVD player will play DTS, but it's mainly on music DVD's right? And most Bluray are DTS or higher?


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    If you want proof in the pudding , just watch Gladiator in DD then DTS , you will notice quite a bit more info in the DTS track. Another good one is Pearl Harbor followed by Saving Private Ryan.
    Kinda like the big difference I seen between ProLogic and DD years ago. Cool. Damn I need a Bluray player now! lol Sucks being broke.
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    DTS all the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    A regular DVD player will play DTS, but it's mainly on music DVD's right?
    You would need to check the packaging.


    And most Bluray are DTS or higher?
    Probably, 99.9% of BluRay's are lossless. It does not matter if they use Dolby or DTS compression. When uncompressed you have the same lossless file.

    There will be some Blurays that have the original lossy DVD soundtrack, but they are in the minority. I hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    Okay that answers my last question. A regular DVD player will play DTS, but it's mainly on music DVD's right? And most Bluray are DTS or higher?




    Kinda like the big difference I seen between ProLogic and DD years ago. Cool. Damn I need a Bluray player now! lol Sucks being broke.
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    DTS here too. I like the NEO6 Cinema or Music listening mode on my Onkyo AVR
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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    Damn I need a Bluray player now! lol Sucks being broke.
    You might need a new receiver/processor to go with the Bluray player, too
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbooker82 View Post
    DTS here too. I like the NEO6 Cinema or Music listening mode on my Onkyo AVR
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMara View Post
    You might need a new receiver/processor to go with the Bluray player, too
    Yeah, I don't quite have the budget for home audio as many here do. From looking at your gear, especially you! :tongue:
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    You could pick up a used avr like one of the pioneers in the FM here for 3-4 hundred and a cheap bdp is only another hundred. Whats your idea of a budget HT because it doesn't get any cheaper than that for that quality bro. Think of what you could sell to finance the upgrades.

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    lol...I am trying now to sell stuff for upgrades! Most likely gonna buy Paul's B&K Reference 10 as soon as I receive payment on 1 guitar I sold.

    And then the wife busted me last night. So no point in having stuff shipped to work anymore I guess. lol
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    Also, thoughts on a Yamaha HTR-5590?

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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    Also, thoughts on a Yamaha HTR-5590?

    "It delivers high power to six channels and provides DTS ES, Neo 6 and DTS ES Matrix 6.1 decoding as well as Dolby Digital 6.1 and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding."
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