Originally Posted by dfchang
Sorry if this has been brought up before but I am a bit confused and need some help.
1. I want to confirm but DTS and WMA are going to sound softer than DD 5.1 right? I have a Pioneer 94TXH and when I change the setting in the HD-DVD addon to anything other than DD 5.1 there is a noticeable drop off in volume.
2. What exactly is the advantage of WMA vs DTS? I know both are 1.5Mbs so there is less compression over DD 5.1 but what is better. Most AVRs apparently do not handle WMA but the Pioneers happen to do this so I don't know whether I should use WMA vs DTS?
And how does all of these menus interact?
For instance, we have DD 5.1, DD stereo, and WMA on the top Xbox dashboard. Then we have DD 5.1, DTS, and WMA on the step-down HD-DVD drive menu. Finally, we have the audio options on the audio menu on the HD-DVD disc itself. Do I need to match up all of them or will one take precedence or what? Suppose I choose DTS on the disc menu but choose WMA on the HD-DVD player and DD 5.1 on the dashboard. What happens?
It's all a bit confusing so I'd appreciate any clarifications on this.
Thanks for your time
Okay, I'll try to explain this.
The settings in your Xbox 360 Dashboard's audio options (the "System" blade) affect game and standard DVD playback. Select WMA if your receiver supports it, which it sounds like it does.
The settings you can pull up while watching an HD DVD affect how the Xbox outputs the information it's getting from the disc. Since the Xbox 360 isn't capable of outputting the Lossless audio, it has to downmix the audio codec (TrueHD, Dolby Digital+, whatever) and choose a new method to output. Select DTS, unless your receiver supports WMA Pro....which it does....in which case you select WMA Pro.
Finally, the HD DVD's own menu with audio selections. Here you can select either standard Dolby Digital, or Dolby TrueHD, or DD+, or whatever. Select the highest option available, TrueHD if its there or whatever else...anything is better than standard Dolby Digital. Your Xbox will take that audio signal and downconvert it to DTS or WMA Pro, depending on what you selected in step 2.
Hope that helps!