Originally Posted by Steve Burke
I can make the claim that 99% of the time BD has better audio fidelity than DVD. For me that is close enough to 100%.
Unfortunately I cannot make that claim for laserdisc audio fidelity vs BD, because the number is probably closer to 80% (BD 640K or worse DD only discs). No matter how you justify it, 80% doesn't round to 100%. And I would still like to find out the jitter performance of BD players compared to laserdisc players.
Its easy to throw statistics around but what matter is what you actually watch. Most releases I will never watch let alone own.
Here are releases for april. I see 6 that I may own (in green) and 8 that I may just rent (red). Out of those on my list there are 8 with lossless audio (4 each red and green. So that would make 57% of my ownership for april. That really isn't bad. And while a few select titles may have a badly put together 640K DD track, they are not that much worse than an LD that may
Seeing that this is a BD versus LD and not LD versus DVD, I would give the hat to BD. I can live with a slightly less rich sound on a DD/DTS track in order to get Lossless on the half of the ones that I will watch or own.
As I said earlier about the stats. Stats don't really tell the whole story because each movie is unique and will not benefit from better sound as much as another.
April 29, 2008
27 Dresses (Fox)First Knight (Sony)The Golden Compass (New Line)
Motley Crue: Carnival of Sins (Warner Music Group)
Mozart: Die Zauberflote (Opus Arte)Ocean's Eleven (Warner)
Ocean's Twelve (Warner)
April 22, 2008
National Geographic: Six Degrees Could Change the World (National Geographic)One Missed Call (Warner)
The Orphanage (New Line)
Six Degrees Could Change the World (Warner Brothers)
April 15, 2008Alien vs. Predator/Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (Two-Pack) (Fox)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (Fox)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (Image)Commando (Fox)
Mariah Carey: The Adventures of Mimi (Image)
A Passage to India (Sony)Predator (Fox)
April 08, 2008
The 6th Day (Sony)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Sony)
Space Ace (Digital Leisure)Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Sony)
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (Sony)
Yukikaze (Bandai Visual)
April 01, 2008
10.5 Apocalypse: The Complete Miniseries (Echo Bridge)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) (Fox)
Artie Lange's Beer League (Echo Bridge)
Behind The Yellow Line (Celestial)
Blackbeard (2006) (Echo Bridge)
Category 7: The End of the World (Echo Bridge)
Coyote Ugly (Walt Disney)
The Curse Of King Tut's Tomb: The Complete Miniseries (Echo Bridge)
Hidalgo (Walt Disney)
Justin Timberlake: Live at Madison Square Garden (Sony BMG)The Last Sentinel (Echo Bridge)
Unbreakable (Walt Disney)
Now I know this is just one month of releases, but I have found in my HDM collection which around 80 so far that about half do have lossless. The other thing that we need to consider is the technology playing these discs. Isn't todays hardware better than hardware from 5-10 years ago? Just as analog film can offer more video detail in the film itself but often fails compared to HDM in real world use, the digital mediun can only give you so much whether it is digital or not (it still has to be processed into analog sound for your ears). hdmi offers more bandwisth than optical and coaxial and is required for DTS-HD and DD+ which many do include instead of lossless, but are downconverted for sending through the legacy digital connections.
.... and I don't know about you, but I don't like flipping disks.
So DD+/DTS-HD, DTS-MA and TrueHD are not going to be able to put out via optical or coaxial. You can use HDMI, but unless you have a receiver that decode the latter two codecs, you will not get their full sound range. The only option really is to use the analog outs to the receiver if you don't have a relatively new receiver so it is really dependant on the player.
If you are playing BD via anything but HDMI to a onkyo 605 or something or using the analog outs with a player that can decode them( and even many players can't decode them) you are not getting BDs full sound.
My first HDM player was an HD-A3. I thought it sounded fine even though it downconverted to DD. I upgraded my HTPC to BD/HD DVD playback. The lossless tracks really blow away now as I am using a program that can decode them and send them out via analog to my receiver.