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I'm just curious because I'm thinking of going to this as my setup, but at the same time I don't want to be missing out on (obviously) a big selling point of Blu-Ray/HD-DVD.


For those of you who have heard a Blu-Ray on both PowerDVD and a stand alone player (such as the PS3 which can decode everything internally,) how drastic is the difference between the two? Am I REALLY going to notice a large difference, or is this a bit over-exaggerated? I would imagine it's still a large step up from dolby digital/DTS, even with the high def audio down sampled. I'm just curious as to how sever it is. Thank you.
 

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It is going to depend greatly on your setup, and your ears. To me, I can't hear the difference. Even downsampled, TrueHD is a huge step up from standard DD and DTS. Hell, even the higher bit rate DD tracks on a Blu-ray are a huge step up from DVD.
 

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Yep, its going to depend on your sound setup. Going from 24 bit to 16 bit isn't really a huge differecnce.
 

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Best consumer equipment can barely resolve 16 bits, anyway, and that's under perfect conditions, before you start considering the listening room and other factors. The unanswered question is if PowerDVD implements the downsampling algorithm properly (with dithering), or in other words, if it presents even 16 bits correctly.


And yes, like the previous posters said, it's going to depend on the audio setup. If your equipment is nice enough to discern between DD/DTS and lossless, then even your DD/DTS is going to sound better than lossless on most people's setups. So just enjoy it and don't worry about marketing stuff.
 
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