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Old 10-25-2012, 03:58 AM   #1  
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I REALLY don't like DTS-HD Master Audio. The effects almost always drown out the dialogue. If it was only dialogue that came through the center speaker, it wouldn't be a problem. I don't have this problem with normal Dolby 5.1 or TrueHD. Don't know why I got this with DTS-HD Master Audio. Removing the center speaker sounds a bit better, but I don't like doing this as I keep thinking I'm not getting the sound the right way. I have an Onkyo R391 receiver.

Is there anything that I can do ? I don't have that many discs with DTS-HD Master Audio, but I can't really enjoy those that I do have. The mix differences are way off with DTS audio.
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I REALLY don't like DTS-HD Master Audio. The effects almost always drown out the dialogue. If it was only dialogue that came through the center speaker, it wouldn't be a problem. I don't have this problem with normal Dolby 5.1 or TrueHD. Don't know why I got this with DTS-HD Master Audio. Removing the center speaker sounds a bit better, but I don't like doing this as I keep thinking I'm not getting the sound the right way. I have an Onkyo R391 receiver.

Is there anything that I can do ? I don't have that many discs with DTS-HD Master Audio, but I can't really enjoy those that I do have. The mix differences are way off with DTS audio.
The mix has nothing to do with DTS-HD MA, as a matter of fact the 'core' dts is embedded within. DTS HD-MA is an exact copy of the master recording and as such since it is lossless the same movie if encoded by Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD MA should sound exactly the same. Since you only have a few discs with DTS-HD MA I can only assume you have discs that were mastered poorly or more likely your crossover settings or something in the set-up of your receiver aren't right if much more than words is coming out of your center.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:50 AM   #3  
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Re: speaker models and brand and other audio components it will make a lot easier to provide a more educated response, a lot of HD educated folks here, but none of them have mastered ESP, lol

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Something is wrong in your setup. Ive been using lossless for years, and other than the random movie with lacking audio, Master is usually always a good transfer.
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I gotta agree here. DTS MA is the premier audio route for BD. I'd say about 78% of blu ray discs available to the public are DTS MA. There is a reason for that.
Like the Rizz says, let us know what your using. Actually some older equipment is not capable of decoding it. I suspect this to be the issue.
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I gotta agree here. DTS MA is the premier audio route for BD. I'd say about 78% of blu ray discs available to the public are DTS MA. There is a reason for that.
Like the Rizz says, let us know what your using. Actually some older equipment is not capable of decoding it. I suspect this to be the issue.
From what I have been told the reason the majority of the Blu-ray discs are done in DTS-HD MA is due to licensing costs and the fact that the same encode can have the core DTS track embedded in it saving space not requiring 2 separate audio tracks vs Dolby True HD. Sonically they should be the exact same as they are both lossless- meaning exact copies of the studio master.
The OP's listed receiver is indeed capable of lossless codec playbacks. As Rizz suggested something is certainly amiss in the set-up

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Only problems Ive seen, and I do not have a 7.1 system, is that 7.1 tracks generally require a volume of about 3.0db more on the AVR than a 5.1 mix. not sure why.
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