Magnulus 2007-10-22 03:56:13
OK, being how there are probably alot of audiophiles and technophiles on
Is there really any qualitative difference between Dolby Digital and DTS?
Audible quality that you can hear aside from the mixing technician’s skill?
I generally consider myself a good listener, although I can, as most
adults, only hear sounds up to about 16-17 KHz and I consider 192KBPS MP3’s
or WMA’s to be just fine for demanding listening, but I can’t for the life
of me figure out what’s the big deal with DTS. We upgrade our receiver from
a basic Dolby Digital receiver (with very few options) to a Prologic II/DTS
receiver (RCA), mostly because I was tired of picking up a DVD (often
through Amazon or elsewhere) and finding it was DTS only, and having to
resell it- so I wanted to try out DTS to see if there was any difference
(and also broadcast and older movies with Dolby Surround indeed sound better
with Prologic II).
I have two version of Jurassic Park and I listened to them- one Dolby 5.1,
one DTS. They both sounded good- but I’d be hard pressed to call DTS
better. It sounded different- OK, maybe a tiny bit better, somehow (but see
below). The sound had obviously been mixed slighly differently than the
Dolby Digital 5.1- there was a louder bass in many places, the dynamic range
was much higher (despite setting the DVD player to use compression), but the
audio quality (when people were speaking or music was playing) did not jump
out and scream “better”. The 3D imaging of both was great, although the
Dolby seemed more average with less action and movement.
One big drawback of DTS seems to be a lack of dynamic range control… so
you either crank up the sound and get very lound action, or you crank it
down and get quiet dialog. I tend to like quieter better- I try not to
routinely listen to sounds more than 85 decibels maximum, to preserve my
hearing (I also mow the grass or vacuum wearing earplugs) and to avoid
disturbing others unduely. Playing DTS on my computer is even worse. I
tried watching Blade once on my PC with DTS and the dynamic range was just
too much (my PC has Monsoon 2.1 speakers and they can be really loud and
harsh if you drive them high enough).
Steve k. 2007-10-22 09:36:44
Are you sure you have the right JP DTS? There was an error with the the
original release in the LFE of the DTS track.
It has been re-released. No change in packaging. The only way to
detect the newer disc is on the inner ring of the DVD. Should read
“D2R2”. If it does not, you have the bad disc.