This is the most important thread to guide Blu-ray owners as to which discs to buy and which to pass over. Discs released at low disc rates are prime candidates for re-release in the future. Its an expensive game for consumers to get caught up in. For example how many times has Terminator III been released on SD-DVD?
Sony even followed up on this quality-come-late gimmick with their own SD-DVD Superbit releases. These discs though DID look better...
So here we are with Blu-ray where many discs have the audio truncated from the studio master (24 bits) to 16 bits. And the video released on BD-25 discs.
Now however most of the BD50 discs are knockouts. Especially the AVC encoded ones, with their lossless 24 bit studio master audio being preserved.
paidgreek gave the following response about Sony's past practice of truncating the audio to 16 bits then having the audacity to claim it was mastered lossless:
Question Posted by reincarnate
"You answered my question several months ago as to why Sony was truncating the studio master audio tracks to 16 bits. You said that with several languages on the soundtrack, that lack of disc space was an issue. Is is still an issue with lossless compression and BD50 discs?
Or is it because certain players are unable to decode the lossless formats? Please clarify as we consumers want all studios to release at the 24 bit industry standard. The esteemed Bob Stuart of Meridian did a study and determined that 20+ bits was necessary."
Answer Posted By paidgeek
---------------------"Beginning with newer titles and whenever possible, SPE will provide the original 24bit soundtrack with lossless encoding. If space or bandwidth contraints require it, we may encode at 20 bit, or in some instances 16 bit. This will be handled case by case based on a number of factors."
This is great news (using all of the 50GB of data capacity efficiently) and I again thank Sony and paidgreek.Speaking now from experience, high bit rates DO make a noticeable improvement in the audio and video quality.
I will use your list in conjunction with the Kris Deering's reviews over at Secrets:http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/main.htmlhttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=2552