How To Actually Use Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD

1/22/08 - Ben Drawbaugh of EngadgetHD writes:

"With HD DVD and Blu-ray also came the ultimate audio options in a time when convenience trumps quality in most of the audio world. While SACD and DVD-Audio are all but a bust, audiophiles can turn to HD DVD and Blu-ray for the ultimate audio experience. But even if you aren't an audiophile, it's still worth it to many to take advantage of the master quality audio available on the HD discs that you've already paid for."

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Torch4666d ago (Edited 4666d ago )

But one thing is still not clear to me:

Although I understand that the PS3 doesn't support DTS-HD (at least not yet), will all Blu-Ray movies be able to play optimal, maximum-quality/channel audio via Bitstream (provided of course, that the receiver supports DTS-HD), or is it movie-dependent?

bombzombie4665d ago

Who ever put a disagree on this guy's question...CUT IT OUT! Stop being childish.

In response, that's a good question. The most likely answer is find in this highly informative article.

As with any audio, the most important thing isn't the specs. Generally speaking, a watt is a watt and a decoder in one unit is a decoder in another. The most important thing that anyone can do before engaging in the theoretical about what codecs can do what it to ensure that you have a good speaker system, good speaker placement and adequate power to drive the speakers. Beyond that, room treatments and sufficient connections (16ga speaker wire, shielded sub cables, the basics, etc.) are a good next step.

I find far too often people touting HDMI 1.3a/b and various codecs trying to get bitstream out of a Sony home theater in a box. Unfortunately, many of these prepackaged $500 systems wouldn't do justice to Dolby Digital let alone Dolby True HD and DTS-HD MA. I had an RX-V11 which I just sold to a friend and replaced with an Onkyo 805. For my room, it was pure overkill to have 11 channels. Even with 7 channels, I often find that a well-recorded track in Dolby Digital can outshine a poorly recorded track in True HD or DTS-HD MA.

Further, I started off with Mirage's OmniSat speakers...while in themselves very adequate and capable I found I was lacking some realism. I switched over to Martin Logan's electrostats. These are far more convincing. It sounds like a gun shot actully went off in the room....Norah Jones voices really seems to hover in space. Now, I'm not saying that everyone should blow the wad that I did on Martin Logans....for some that is just not within their budget. But what I am suggesting is that you give some serious thought to making sure that you have the best speakers that you can afford in your home setup before beginning to worry about which codec will do what.

Don't trust me. Trust your ears. Go to any reputable high-end home theater store and listen to their best speakers and several other lines. Listen in Dolby Digital and various codecs. I think you will find your amazed at just how big a factor the speakers are in the sound reproduction experience. Goodluck.