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Anyone else want to discuss dts vs. Dolby 5.1 and their experience?

Hohoho. I turned to DTS in the early/mid 90's after a series of demos at the stereophile show in Chicago at the Palmer House. It was the early days - laserdisc, baby, LD. Still have the player (and the *ack* Millennium 2.4.6, which was the hot poop back in the stone age) and a set of the discs, as well.


Gawd Maude, you're older than dirt. Remember why you bought the LD player? I did it because it had AC-3. Long story short: I wheedled Elly into that we should have a LD player and an amp that processed AC-3. After 22 years of marriage I still get That Look when I plead an upgrade. I got a Pioneer LD player and Pioneer amp (now, sadly, gone in garage sales) yet I remember the first time I got the rig working. I promised Elly this woulkd be the last upgrade we needed. I lied.

Difference on LD was noticeable - shockingly so. I think, as a whole, it's smaller now, differential-wise, on DVD, and on some, I can hear no change at all. With my older Maggies the differences (midrange) were startling.

Didn't have dts back then yet my experience matches yours. A confession: once we had the new player and amp I said we needed new – more full range – speakers. I call this incremental hi-fi. At this point I believe Elly perfected rolling her eyes.

DTS tends to provide more definition, more precision, and a smoother sound to my ears. In my current digs and setup there's less difference then ever, primarily as a function of the room and setup (bad, and bad, but demanded by Spousal factor). Jurassic Park in DTS remains one of my guilty-pleasure house-is-empty scenes.

The area of psycho-acoustics is, to me, beyond me. Sure, I've studied it extensively yet for the life of me it's math bound and I am no good at math. Yet, agreed, dts is better to my ears. I have Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and, in dts, it's far better than in Dolby. As I said before, if there's a dts alternative I select it.

The good thing about DTS v DD is there is a difference in sound for most people - and with some sources it's as noticeable as vinyl v CD. If you do a blind test make sure you level match! DTS has always seemed to run a bit hot (loud).

I don't know – someone help me out here – but on Blu-Ray encoded discs is there a dts alternative on the discs they've bought? I am thinking seriously of buying a blue ray player (still at the thinking stage prior to Elly rolling her eyes) and I would suspect the players do offer dts but don't know. Anyone?


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