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Movie vs Music DSU
One thing that likely slips most people's attention is that there is a choice to be made regarding the mode that DSU will use to process the original tracks, as one needs to pick whether to apply DSU as ‘Movie’ or ‘Music’.
My experience so far shows that for 2ch sources, selecting ‘Music’ DSU is the way to go, as it creates a nice front soundstage and re-directs a lot of sound to the center, and depending on source mix phasing, the surround effects can be pretty amazing.
When playing back 5.1 music discs, like Steven Wilsons masterpieces, such as ‘To the Bone’, I find that using DSU ‘Movie’ mode is best, as it does not try to re-mix the already fantastic job Steven does in placing sounds and vocals in the various channels, and what it seems to focus on is delivering a more enveloping soundstage, mostly by using the tops in very subtle ways, with very nice results.
And for concert video, like the recently released Steve Hackett band & Orchestra Genesis Revisited Live at the Royal Festival Hall (on BluRay with DTS-HD MA 5.1), DSU ‘Movie’ is also the way to go. Again, subtle use of the tops increases the sense of being at the venue and in the music.
What are your experiences with DSU and various source materials?