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DTS or Dolby 5.1??

Angus
07-20-2006, 01:34 PM
which is better?

Bigloww
07-20-2006, 02:11 PM
There is quite a bit of discussion on this here and other forums. IMO, I would prefer DTS over DD 5.1. The difference is slight with my equipment, but allot of people in favor of DTS say it is more noticeable with higher end SS sytems that support both. DD 5.1 is much more dominant on the DVD market compared to DTS. But when I have the option, I choose DTS. I won't bore you with bitrate, compression, and lossy mumbo jumbo, but let your ears be the judge. ;)

Quote " The Dolby vs DTS debate is a classic insoluble debate in home theater forums. The two audio codecs, Dolby Digital and DTS, are compared and users argue that one or the other 'sounds' or 'is' inherently better. Consensus is rarely reached. This is a home theater forum equivalent subject for Godwin's law".

This is a bit dated, but still explains it fairly well..

http://www.audioholics.com/techtips/specsformats/dolbydigitaldts.php

stchman
07-20-2006, 03:50 PM
There is quite a bit of discussion on this here and other forums. IMO, I would prefer DTS over DD 5.1. The difference is slight with my equipment, but allot of people in favor of DTS say it is more noticeable with higher end SS sytems that support both. DD 5.1 is much more dominant on the DVD market compared to DTS. But when I have the option, I choose DTS. I won't bore you with bitrate, compression, and lossy mumbo jumbo, but let your ears be the judge. ;)

Quote " The Dolby vs DTS debate is a classic insoluble debate in home theater forums. The two audio codecs, Dolby Digital and DTS, are compared and users argue that one or the other 'sounds' or 'is' inherently better. Consensus is rarely reached. This is a home theater forum equivalent subject for Godwin's law".

This is a bit dated, but still explains it fairly well..

http://www.audioholics.com/techtips/specsformats/dolbydigitaldts.php
DTS is less compressed than DD. Less compression means better sound. There are 4 methods for putting sound on a DVD:

PCM (pulse coded modulation) - basically CD audio 80mins 700MB
Dolby Surround - not sure of size per time
DD 5.1 - about 350 MB for 3 hrs
DTS - about 580MB for 3hrs.


Insist on DTS as it provides superior sound.

maicaw
07-20-2006, 04:43 PM
which is better?The part of that link in post #2 that wasn't pasted is probably the clearest answer So What Did We Learn from This?
In my opinion there are very apparent sonic benefits of DTS over DD especially on audio systems which are refined enough to appreciate the differences. I really enjoy listening to many of the 5.1 DTS audio cd's currently available but wish they had a larger selection. Many of these DTS CD's /DVD-A discs produce excellent and eveloping multi channel surround. This is partly the reason why Dolby and Meridian introduced a new high resolution format know as DVD-Audio.
It has been interesting to observe the impact of DVD-Audio over the past year. ... It seems that DTS still holds quite an edge in this respect that it has become the most popular selling music surround format to date. The main problems I hear on DTS is that with the discrete channels so easily manipulated - the incompetence of many recording engineers turn some the remixes into a chaotic mess - with instrumental solos sometimes missing or covered up by surround enhancement that distorts the performance to where the the simple stereo track is better sounding musically. -Black and White Night is a good example of DTS remix gone bad. - on the other hand - don't forget SACD remixes such as the E Power Biggs original 1974 Bach Fugues on the 4 Frieburg Cathedral Organs is a trip if your HT system can handle all four powerful organs playing at the same time - and you have understanding neighbors - and/or the classic Pink Floyd SACD for contemporary tastes

PFC5
07-21-2006, 06:23 AM
Besides the increased clarity I hear with DTS over DD, I like a more active rear sound stage myself and DTS seems to have this. It may be the way the engineers master the soundtrack, but I like the surrounds more active.

Probably one of the movies that shows the most impressive differences between DTS & DD is Gladiator. DTS-ES is about 10db louder than the DD track and the clarity difference is very easily heard. Maybe it is a bad DD track, but the difference cannot be missed.