Originally Posted by AnthonyP
It does not conflict with my world view. Do you think a better PQ and AQ will make a really bad movie good? These are reviews, if the guy is judging the movie, then PQ/AQ have nothing to do with it. If the guy is judging the actual quality of the encoding then giving a higher grade to lossy is insane. The issue is some people are using A thinking it proves B
Chill out dude. This is a enthusiast site. Don't take it too seriously.
If the guy is judging the actual quality of the encoding then giving a higher grade to lossy is insane
No he is doing his job as a reviewer.
On the subject, a reviewer is not comparing a lossless to lossy version of the same encode. He is subjectively evaluating how the soundtrack renders sound and how it enhances the movie experience.
Since DD+ on a HD DVD soundtrack is superior in most cases to anything that ever appeared on a DVD, it is quite possible that a modern DD+ codec can render a superior audio experience quite nicely and that a soundtrack in DD+ that matches the movie and is well mastered can be a more impressive and better sounding experience than a not so great sounding piece of soundtrack and lousy musical score that is rendered in PCM.
Its seems that your blind faith in PCM because it is on Blu-ray may make you forget the fact that the reviewer is seeing how the sound fits the movie experience. He's not just saying a PCM track is always better. He comparing content, not codecs.
In this case, despite your gnashing of teeth , the modern yet still lossy codec may be more than adequate to sound great for a movie soundtrack.
A poor musical score or sound design that his done in a lossless codec or PCM soundtrack on one title is not always superior to a well done academy award winning soundtrack more than adequately rendered in DD+.