PS4 Is the First Device in the World to Include New DTS-HD Master Audio|7.1 Decoder

DTS, Inc. announced with a press release that PS4 owners have something extra to look forward to from their new console in terms of audio fidelity, as the PS4 is the very first consumer electronics device in the world to include the new and shiny DTS-HD Master Audio|7.1 decoder.

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sigfredod1822d ago

A not expected cherry to pimp up the cake, great news

shoddy1822d ago

Greatness await.

Not for me cause I already got it.

RyuCloudStrife1822d ago

Greatness is plugged onto my TV via HDMI

UltimateMaster1822d ago (Edited 1822d ago )

Sony = Masters of Sound

Conzul1822d ago (Edited 1822d ago )

Oh good.
Now hope they patch in local media libraries like ps3 had. Take advantage of this juicy new tech.

Maybe give us .flac support.
grumble grumble

Autodidactdystopia1821d ago

Now all you need is a DTS-HD Master Audio|7.1 capable system and 7.1 channel surround to use it :D

LOL_WUT1821d ago

Sony is always thinking ahead gotta give them points for that ;)

Thehyph1821d ago

Man, flac support would be killer.
It would probably eliminate my desire for a tube based power amp to go with the record player in the living room.

Volkama1821d ago

The PS3 had better sound decoders than the 360 as well (DTS).

I love my sound loud and surroundy but unfortunately my ears are not up to the task of recognising the differences in quality between the various 7.1 options available.

Still, probably great news for people with better tuned ears than me :)

Kleptic1821d ago

Isn't this sort of redundant though? you could easily get DTS-HD out of a PS3, as it could stream Linear uncompressed PCM audio via HDMI to any receiver (as long as the receiver had more than just HDMI switching)...which was completely 'lossless'...if your receiver could receive that type of audio, there literally was no better sound option available...if your receiver could decode DTS-HD (which nearly any modern receiver can), it could create that out of the uncompressed audio stream sent from the PS3, too...but there wasn't any benefit to that other than deliberate imaging created by the studio for that movie or whatever...

DTS-HD is still compressed, just much less so than typical discrete (even 7.1 channel) types...

Just pointing out, the PS4 decoding it is great...but very few receivers can take a linear PCM signal, but not decode DTS-HD its a feature, imo, that doesn't apply to as many people as you would think...If you built a 7.1 channel system within the last 3 or 4 years, you probably already have the means to do this with even a PS3...I've been using DTS HD for blu ray with my PS3 and a harmon kardon receiver since 2010...

triforce791821d ago

WiiU has a dedicated sound processor who cares it's called DSP....

triforce791821d ago

WiiU does 8k textures so there....haha

Thehyph1821d ago

And just like that, Kleptic chimes in and I rescind my previous comment.

Digital complexity!

Back to my high end analog dream. Lol

zippycup1821d ago

hate you all i don't have one and probably wont get one till January if im lucky i need to sell a kidney or something

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Riderz13371822d ago

Yup. Truly a next gen system and an obvious jump from last generation consoles.

hollabox1822d ago

I'm confused here, unless its DTS MA HD 7.1 at 96 kHz this format is nothing new. Hundreds of movies out already that support this format, my blu ray player supports this format to my Sony receiver.

TI_211821d ago (Edited 1821d ago )

@hollabox The way I understand it is that there is a 7.1 audio codec based on the DTS-HD MA codec for internet streams at 512 Kbit per second. Though it isn't completely lossless.

I'd expect them to use it with Gaikai, and other services like Netflix might support it in the future as well.

So the decoder is capable of decoding this streaming codec as well as all other DTS codecs which aren't streamed.

hollabox1821d ago

@ TI_21
Thanks! Internet streaming playback makes more sense, but why call it DTS with the bit rate being only 512 Kbps? Regular Dolby Digital playback is 640 Kbps, even Vudu 7.1 track playback is at 640 Kbps. I'm use to seeing 5 plus Mbps playback on my receiver watching Blu-Rays, and 640 Kbps on Vudu. From the looks of it, nothing really to get excited about.

triforce791821d ago (Edited 1821d ago )

WiiU has 5.1 and 7.1 digital who cares plus it can send audio to gamepad which is of the highest quality all at the same time.....

Oh wiiu does 8k textures look here's my proof Fast racing neo is using them for ultra realism....can ps4 do these textures ?????

Ive seen geforce gpu's struggle with these textures ???

PrimeGrime1821d ago (Edited 1821d ago )


You seem to have resolutions and textures confused. Having high textures has nothing to do with 4k-8K resolutions.. and to answer your question, yes if you knew the difference between textures and resolution you would have known the PS4 does have games with textures that high. It is sad when you don't even know what the hell you are talking about.

Correction, you have seen high end GPU's struggle to display 4K resolutions, not textures.

Way to take Shinen's comments completely out of context.

No one ever brought up the Wii U either nor did anyone dismiss that it has those audio options but you obviously don't know how audio works either.. Just because two devices have 7.1 audio does not mean they are using the same audio drivers or chips which makes all the difference in the world not just the number. Different drivers and different chips can lead to better sound and lead to more efficient ways in how that audio is handled.

Why do you think multiple types of 7.1 audio cards even exist? Easy, because some sound better than others.

Not saying the PS4 is going to sound that much better as it won't be a massive difference just saying you don't know what you are talking about, so why bother trying to act like you know?

TI_211821d ago

@hollahox Don't know. Maybe the codec is efficient enough to stand it's ground at that bitrate. If so the required bandwidth could be reduced which is always a good thing.

Near lossless doesn't sound too shabby, though it's obviously a marketing term.

AndrewLB1821d ago

Incorrect. I've had a DTS HD-Master audio and Dolby TrueHD decoder in my PC for years AND in my blu-ray player AND Harman Kardon 7.1 receiver.

What would be NEW would be if the PS4 had the capability to ENCODE these HD audio formats from games and send it to a receiver.

TI_211820d ago (Edited 1820d ago )

@AndrewLB I just read the original release for investors.
DTS-HD Master Audio|7.1 is a new technology by DTS, they actually trademarked it with the |7.1 suffix. So the decoder in the PS4 is the first one to support that new technology, whatever it is. I guess the VOD-stream codec itself is called that.

Here is the link:

Super confusing X_x

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boeso1822d ago

Greatness is sat in a warehouse freezing its tits off.

SnotyTheRocket1822d ago

Four more weeks for me. Didn't pre-order (FOOL, but I reserved a new batch at the source. DEC 16th BRUV.

Eddie201011822d ago

I have noticed that the audio sounds really good coming from the PS4.

MikeGdaGod1821d ago

i'm looking to purchase a new sound system during Black Friday...any suggestions?

PSX041821d ago

overall it's a Sony device that mean the device whatever gender have the most technology ever

Magicite1821d ago

sony has always delivered best video and audio quality

deecee331821d ago

Most audio receivers from 2007 on can decode the DTS and Dolby HD formats. Nice feature but hardly a necessity for anyone with a system capable of taking advantage of these formats. It's cool that they used a high enough spec audio processor to do it, though.

TAURUS-5551821d ago

RIP xbox1

i didnt expect a contest tbh cuz sony always wins. MS had no chance with their crappy products.

Beastforlifenoob1821d ago

Good I can listen to skrillex while playing games.... I only listen to the dubstep remixes of songs... ok you can dislike this comment now but i am the biggest dubstep fan in the world... from indies to skrilldog.

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ajkula1821d ago

he surely is in europe like me...
so 29th nov!

hesido1822d ago

I hope I can find an amp that outputs DTS-HD, AND also has a low latency mode. My samsung home theatre adds 110ms in the bypass mode, worse than the TV set. I'm forced to connect cheap PC speakers to get 0 latency to play music games.

kneon1822d ago

How about just sending the audio to the receiver and have the video go straight to the TV, that's what I do.

hesido1822d ago

Thanks, that's what I did actually. The model I have is really bad. Measurements done using singstar, previous LG turned out to be 60ms (still unplayable for drum sections) with a direct connection. Had sold it to a friend and got the Samsung as the LG didn't have Dolby Surround (but only Dolby Digital). Really bad purchasing decisions one after another.

Kleptic1821d ago

Most decent receivers with HDMI switching allow sound mode delay, where you can control the delay in sound processing to match the response time of your display...its usually needed for movies when audio sync is slightly off...

games are a little weirder though, as it won't help input'll only sync audio with video...

so i agree...for games, i've never done anything but a direct connection from the gaming device to display...worst case is run an audio line from the display back to the receiver...I have to do that for lossless audio from a PS3, as it only has one HDMI output...luckily my TV has lossless audio switching, so i can run an HDMI back to my receiver carrying the PCM signal...lossless audio is/was too much for optical lines iirc...

Skynetone1822d ago

my amp cost me 1200 and i bought 9 speakers for it, the sound is amazing its like having a live orchestra, i thought it couldn't be beat for sound quality that's until i bought a 300$ set of headphones and it puts my system to shame, my advice if you really want the best of the best in sound quality go check out a good set of head phones

Dasteru1822d ago (Edited 1822d ago )

Proper Hi-fi headphones, not those cheap toys commonly refered to as "Gaming Headsets"

Something like Sennheiser HD 598/600s, Shure SRH-840/940s, Denon AH-D2000, even Audiotechnica ATH-M50s which are only about $150 are substantially better than ANY gaming headset.

Also make sure to get a decent portable amp to properly power them, do not plug them directly into the console or tv.

Good headphones will always give better sound for the money as they do not have to deal with room acoustics.

strigoi8141821d ago (Edited 1821d ago )

if you want you can buy a Astro mix amp + AudioTechnica M50= audiophile love

RedDevils1821d ago

AudioTechnica is the best even my cks1000 is freaking awesome for an iem

kingPoS1821d ago

The audio quality on that headset may be true, but it not quite the same same as having room shaking bass. There's no replacement for the physical sensation you get from a good pair of speakers; you know this.

Gateway MT6706 2008

AndrewLB1821d ago

At least someone around here understands what's good in life. :) I've been a head-fi'er for years now and absolutely love my headphones. They're Sennheiser HD580's powered by a LittleDot MkIII+ tube amplifier with vintage Electro-Harmonix gold pin tubes, and Cardas cable. I'm currently looking at buying a solid state amp soon, probably the Schiit Asgard. LoL. If you don't know about Schiit, you'd better get your Schiit together!!!

I suggest you read the entire site. It's hilarious. All amps are made in USA and outperform amps costing 4-5x as much.

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purp13m0nk3y1822d ago


You could hdmi to the TV for video and use an optical cable from the PS4 to your amp.

DeadMansHand1821d ago

That is exactly what I do. Sounds great. Although, using my sony pluse elietes plugged right into my controller is not to shabby either.

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Boody-Bandit1822d ago (Edited 1822d ago )

My new speakers should arrive 11/22. I can't wait to hear them with the PS4. Now all I have to do is pick out a new sub. Already have the DTS HD receiver. New generation new toys all around.