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it can be done, right ? or do I miss something (imposed by the dvdforum ? it could "shadow" the 5.1 dolby ?)


from a PCM dolby surround to a 192kbps dolby surround/stereo, there's an ENORMOUS loss of musicality, of details, of that "great audio feeling" that laserdiscs offered.


I just noticed for instance GARDENS OF STONE being announced by Columbia, in 2.0 only


I don't ask for remasters in discrete 5.1 necessarily ( I reall don't ) but a much higher data rate at least, and let the receiver-processor do his job of decoding it into prologic. DPLII with 192kps is a joke.


another useless ranting :D


PS: besides, mono tracks sound better in PCM too.


a quick list:


AUDIO (assuming digital only outputs, as most dvd players have poor analogic outputs )


untouched masters: LD !

dolby 5.1 - AC3 : less dialnorm issues on ld

DTS: LD ( full rate always ) but non issue to me. half rate is quite good enough (uncorrect dialnorm, cooked down discs, 192kbps are bigger issues !)

dolby surround: LD !!!!!!!

mono: LD !!!!!

distorsion: dvd ( because the masters seemed to have often been checked )


VIDEO ( assuming the discs are viewed in via the best possible paths and are well mastered)


details: dvd !!

depth: dvd !! (goes with S/N)

resolution: dvd ! ( especially anamorphic )

video S/N : dvd !!!

compression: ld !!! ( :D )

colors: dvd !

blacks: dvd !!

contrast: dvd !!

fluidity: now on par

continuity (sides): dvd :D

edge enhancement: ld !!!! :D
 

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It can be done no problem. Most authoring houses don't unless you specifically tell them too. If the music is really that important however you might as well just go for a full PCM track.
 

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a full PCM track would take too much space. from 192 to 448kbps, there is a big audible difference. music "that" important ? isn't "sound" "that" important ??


sometimes I wonder how many people watch their dvds with the sound turned off :D


the vast majority hasn't experience laserdisc, that's also true :D ( US household penetration: 2.5% )
 

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There are some of us not equipped to decode 5.1 or DTS, I downmix the aformentioned numbers to PCM surround, which is decoded by my sennheiser unit.



I have told all why I must wear earphones in the oldies place I unfortunately live in. Take at high as you want but I have to set my DVD players to down mix, in order for Sennheiser to work to give me a Dolby Pro-Logic 5 sounds from headphones!



I have called the 1-800-recoton number to be snail mailed literature on a 5.1 Dolby Surround from 900 MHz. Wireless headphones price $279 as seen in the June issue of Sounds and Visions magazine. This set is about 50% of what the Sony wireless headphone outfit costs. I have personal experience of owning Recoton products.



Pictured in advertisement next to page 96

in Sounds & Visions if any of you 'I have to have my loud speakers' want to read about the new device seen, it won't spoil your hairdoo or perms guys. lol :)
 
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