Originally Posted by 5harkology
I have only sampled my copy of Top Gun, but I did notice that the DTS track was more satisfying (for the brief sampling).
I'm curious, how are you able to output TrueHD via your HTPC?
Nero Showtime 4 (Nero 8) with the BLuray plugin AND the multichannel plugin allow it decode DTSHD and TrueHD and send it out analog out.
Unfortunately, it will not pass along the bitstream untouched like PowerDVD can, but it will decode and send it out analog. There is a noticeable performance hit when TrueHD is selected as my sound card cannot handle it so it is all done by CPU and Nero's software decoders.
Alot of people who use Nero, do so because of this reason - the audio. It is the HTPC alternative audio-wise to the XA2/A35. Most folks who get their drive with PowerDVD OEM end up using that package and never check out Nero.
The other two advantages that Nero has in conjunction with AnyDVD is that is will play stripped EVO files. So I can rip Top Gun down to just its VC1 file (EVO) and get rid of all the rest. If you want, you can also use Nero Vision to then burn the EVO to a pare of DVD-9 disks for playback in a SA player (Or a PS3 HDAVC file).
But I just keep them on a media server that I have in the house that can then output it to any computer on the server.
I think in many ways it is actually more convenient than SD DVDs in that the EVOs can be kept in an all inclusive file that is easy to work with. I usually put the SDs in ISOs which is a little more complicated to work with.
[b]I noticed the DTS-HD did sound better but then realized I was comparing it to the DD+. It seemed about the same as the TrueHD. I decided to go with TrueHD as this seems to be the more popular of the two.
Strange thing is Nero calls lists TrueHD as 6.1 channel while it list the DTSHD as discreet 7 channel. Interesting.