Originally Posted by CAVX
Reading all the negative comments about DTS, sound dropouts and bomb, and I have to say that I have had more issues with DDTrHD soundtracks than DTS HDMA. I think AVATAR (DTS HDMA) went into a glitch once only because I kept pausing and rewinding to get decent screen grabs. I got this continuous noise out of all 7 main speakers, but it was not really loud. I stopped the disc, ejected, reloaded and all was good again. Yet with DD, I have had more sound drop outs from so many titles, I've lost count and it seems it does not matter if I reload the disc. If the disc glitches it will do so at the same place every time.
My THX Calibrator disc still won't play the trailer right through without dropouts.
I have also had way more issues with ddthd in my setup, but only with new releases from the past couple of years. As your equipment ages things get changed with the codecs that require updates to the equipment. Something not all manufactures will keep up on years after you buy it. Fortunately I did my homework and got a denon avr which has been great and was one of the only virtually free of issues units out at the time. I have the 1909 which is I think only the 2nd year they were supporting hd audio codecs that require decoding. My Sammy combo player is even older and did get updates up until a couple years ago, but sadly for reasons unknown to myself and others on the forum for that unit has been neglected for quite some time with a handful of titles that still won't play running any released firmware. There are workarounds for most of the issues. I have to use internal player decode with some newer ddthd titles and a couple studios releases that ate dts-hd ma require playback at 24fos, but that is my normal mode. One day I will have to get the tosh a35 out of the closet for hd-DVDs and switch bd players, but I hope that day is years off. My avr was patched with the latest code when I got it flashed to address another issue which denon discovered and fixed long ago. My only mistake was not opting for the 2309 which I could update myself but it was more $ than I wanted to spend at the time and was way too much avr for me at the time also.
Regarding the comment a few posts ago about a replacement program I assume that is referring to the sw discs themselves. This really is not a disc issue but a case of AVRs and players not keeping up with changes to the formats. It's obvious that is the case since my equipment has been static for a couple years and these issues with ddthd and dts-hd am only started happening recently. My bet would be changes and updates tot the audio authoring software used my various studios etc.
Lpcm would be a better choice, but then the studios can't fill up the discs with crap we don't need much like the days they stopped putting dts on DVDs a few years ago to make room for that same or similar crap thinking that would keep folks buying more DVDs. Personally forced previews, bonus content outside of deleted and extended scenes, bd live, bonus view and other crap turns me off from buying movies and making me want to just download a mkv and enjoy the movie without all the bs.