Originally Posted by comfynumb
It is nice to have your media on a hard drive it dedicated server. But what if you didn't own the discs to get it there and had your movies on someone else's server in Timbuktu? I started using Vudu and yes I like the service, but the quality is not as good watching their HDX movies. They are getting closer but what really suffers IMO is the audio, there's no DTS-HD master audio. There's a night and day difference with blu ray audio.
In the US we have very poor bandwidth which is why the streaming services are unable to send all the digital information stored on a Blu-ray disk. Then there are the Comcasts of the US standing there ready to charge extra for that amount of bandwidth.
This leads me to the question, is it possible for the quality to be as good if it's not physically burnt onto media?
Of course it is. All you have to do is handle the same amount of digital data that's on a Blu-ray disk either as a stream or as a download for controlled later viewing.
So for it's not, to me it sounds generic.
But it is. That's exactly what's happening when we make bit perfect copies of Blu-ray disks to store on our home systems.
I do not think it is possible to put music/movies into electronic parts and have it sound the way it was recorded.
If you mean a live performance then you're correct. If you mean a digital recording like those found on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray, then perfect copies are easy.
Discs don't even do this as far as music is concerned, good vinyl is as close to the actual (master) recording that I've ever heard.
Unfortunately, each step away from the master recording used to produce vinyl records results in a loss of analog information. Each playing of a vinyl disk results in a loss of analog information. Each left over particle from the manufacturing process produces pops.
I've tried the best movie and music downloads and my physical media puts them to shame.
There are lossless music tracks available for sale via download that will match or better any CD recording. That's not the issue. You can store those downloaded music tracks and copies of your CDs as perfect reproductions. The movie stream have been heavily compressed by the service providing them. There is nothing to stop perfect streams other than the poor shape that the Internet infrastructure is in to handle such a big new load.