Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin
If you really think you have answered Darin's question, would you mind quoting yourself so the rest of us can see exactly what the answer was?
With pleasure!Darin's question: Audio masters are mostly 24/48 from what I've heard, yet Warner has been limiting the audio to 16/48 for lossless tracks for releases like "The Departed". In your opinion, should Warner do that when there is plenty of space and bandwidth on the Blu-ray disc to use the original bit depth of the audio, instead of cutting it down from the original, like on the HD DVD version?My Answer: Well first of all, I've been very satisfied by the sound of CDs for many years, and they are 16/44.
In case Darin wasn't the only one who understood the answer - it means I don't think that Warner HAS TO use the 24/48 soundtrack on the releases, since 16/48 is still better than CD quality, and has three times the channels/data as well. I don't think that Warner is "limiting" the audio in any way by including a 16/48 lossless soundtrack, as this is a HUGE step up on what has been the norm for DVDs to date. My very first audition of the TrueHD soundtrack on POTO blew me away, and I still feel that way.
If Warner WERE to release the 24/48 soundtrack on their discs, would I be happy? Absolutely! But I'm still happy that the 16/48 tracks are lossless as they sound fantastically open and clean in comparison to DD+ - and that is NOT a slur on DD+. It's a huge improvement.
As the formats become more mature, I'm sure more studios will start to use 20 and 24 bit tracks in their releases - but 16/48 is a huge improvement which sound absolutely fantastic. Quibbling about the extra bits at this point, IMO, shows a lack of appreciation (or maybe even comprehension) of just how better this already sounds.
As an aside, I think it is rather ludicrous that some BD folks like Darin beat up on Warner like they are crippling the formats by releasing 16/48 lossless tracks - when almost ALL the L-PCM audio soundtracks released by other BD studios are ALSO "only" 16/48. It just seems a rather hypocritical and contrived complaint in the light of that fact and does a disservice to those users of either format who do not take the time to appreciate just how stunning these lossless tracks are.
Hope that makes it clear.