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I'm interested in listening to both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD sound formats, just need suggestions on which music or movie software discs I should demo.
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Do a search in this sub=forum for BluRay and you'll find many suggestions.

For me, anything with Steven Wilson on BluRay is reference quality material for my six-figure system. Favorites are "Grace for Drowning" album and the "Anesthetize" concert.

If you can dig much more 'avant-garde' trippy stuff, his collaboration with the singer from Opeth on "Storm Corrosion" is stellar sonically, but requires a great system and listener attention, background music its not.

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^^^^

+1 on the recs

Wish every artist was as good as SW in ensuring the end product sounds fantastic
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. "stellar sonically, but requires a great system and listener attention, background music its not.

Huh??? How is it "stellar sonically" if it requires a "great system" and "listener attention"??? That disc sounds expensive and boring!

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Huh??? How is it "stellar sonically" if it requires a "great system" and "listener attention"??? That disc sounds expensive and boring!

Stellar sonically means the following to me:
Basic recording and reproduction
- Has excellent dynamic range (big difference between soft and loud portions)
- Really clean recording with no excessive EQ or compression
- Well mixed, as a multichannel recording, is the soundstage well presented
- Are surrounds used well
- does the soundfield extend beyond the speakers

Musical elements
- Interesting and engaging composition (which is why prog rock is my fave, followed by classical)
- Deep layering of sounds
- Wilson composes and records extensively layered sounds and with his use of broad dynamic range, you need a revealing system to hear it all

Listener attention is required to hear the richness of compositions and recordings in classical and prog rock genres. Not so much for crap like top-40 wink.gif

I'm sure it's boring to some, but many of of us on AVS care deeply about good systems and treasure great recordings to enjoy them with.

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Stellar sonically means the following to me:
Basic recording and reproduction
- Has excellent dynamic range (big difference between soft and loud portions)
- Really clean recording with no excessive EQ or compression
- Well mixed, as a multichannel recording, is the soundstage well presented
- Are surrounds used well
- does the soundfield extend beyond the speakers
Musical elements
- Interesting and engaging composition (which is why prog rock is my fave, followed by classical)
- Deep layering of sounds
- Wilson composes and records extensively layered sounds and with his use of broad dynamic range, you need a revealing system to hear it all
Listener attention is required to hear the richness of compositions and recordings in classical and prog rock genres. Not so much for crap like top-40 wink.gif
I'm sure it's boring to some, but many of of us on AVS care deeply about good systems and treasure great recordings to enjoy them with.


Gotcha! Makes sense. I hope you didn't take offense to my post? I didn't mean to sound sarcastic... ;-)

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I'm interested in listening to both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD sound formats, just need suggestions on which music or movie software discs I should demo.

To start with, there aren't many 5.1 movies that actually have good music.

Explosions, yes.

Airplanes or cars coming out of the rear speaker(s), also yes.

Serious mid-bass to blow the windows out, also yes.

But real music? Not many.

My short list (alphabetically) of movie blu-ray discs with DTS-HD sound: Alice in Wonderland(Depp), Moulin Rouge(Kidman), Pride & Prejudice (Knightly), The Phantom of the Opera, 25th anniversary (an opera that's a bit like a movie), with the amazing chapter 22 encore.

Owner reviews on amazon are IMO your best bet on figuring out if you might actually like any of them.

My own AVS comments on them are here: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1386539/panasonic-dmp-bdt500/420_60#post_22107189

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Nine Inch Nails - Beside You In Time is in Dolby True-HD. This is a concert film, one of the best.

http://halo22.nin.com/

For an audio only blu-ray, check out Jethro Tull's Aqualung. It's DTS-HD MA, but you have to buy the box set to get the blu-ray. It could be had for much cheaper when it first came out.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Aqualung-Blu-ray/31832/

I also second the Steven Wilson recommendations above.
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