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Im getting a new Processor, it's a Sunfire TGP-5 it will process all the leading movie sound formats like Dolby prologic II, 5.1 Dolby digital, 7.1, DTS, DTS EX, DTS neo 6 ect. My question is WHY??? what Im leading up to is that almost all the movies on DVD are in 5.1 Dolby digital, and there are some older ones in DTS, so what good is having a processor that will decode all the formats, when the only one thats really available is 5.1 dolby digital? I once read that all the new movies have all the newer formats in them, but 5.1 Dolby digital is the main one. I have a feeling that Im all wrong on this, and if so PLEASE explain it to me.
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Hi Paul,

Each format has its pros and cons but to make it simple there are many movies that only offer DD 5.1 but with a receiver capable of decoding 7.1 surround you can add another pair of speakers to your room. This is an advantage if you have a large room or a strange sitting arrangement. Most newer receivers can take a 5.1 signal and exstrapulate the audio to use the added channels giving you the 7.1.
The other thing is the DTS has a a higher bit rate and usualy sounds better. The newer BluRay format also has even better audio features and fully uncompressed audio giving you even better sound if your system can handle it.
 

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Im getting a new Processor, it's a Sunfire TGP-5 it will process all the leading movie sound formats like Dolby prologic II, 5.1 Dolby digital, 7.1, DTS, DTS EX, DTS neo 6 ect. My question is WHY??? what Im leading up to is that almost all the movies on DVD are in 5.1 Dolby digital, and there are some older ones in DTS, so what good is having a processor that will decode all the formats, when the only one thats really available is 5.1 dolby digital? I once read that all the new movies have all the newer formats in them, but 5.1 Dolby digital is the main one. I have a feeling that Im all wrong on this, and if so PLEASE explain it to me.
Thanks Much,
Paul :huh:
It is better to have a piece of equipment that is versatile than having formats that can't be decoded. Do you agree with me?

It is true Dolby Digital is/was the leading compression format used as a standard by many studios, but I don't agree with you about DTS. So many tracks are encoded in DTS and we see more and more of them. The problem is standard DVDs most of the time do not have the storage capacity to make for both formats available on disk, so you generally have one... Nevertheless, it is true it is hard to find a track encoded in DTS ES, I must have one or 2 movies in my collection, but if you're keen on owning some of these movies, do a google search with something like :"list of movies in DTS ES", you'll find them.

If we now speak about Blu-ray, PCM and DTS MA are on many movies as well as Dolby digital +/DD, and due to the increased storage capacity of BD, I believe we will see many of them simultaneously.

Prologic II and Neo 6 are to be used with 2 channel materials. They transform them into up to 5.1 or 6.1 in an attempt to "immitate" DD or DTS.

Bottom line: having many decoding options IS a good thing and makes you careless if the movie will play in your setup or not...So you should be happy :)
 
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Thanks so much for clearing this up fpr me, and yes Im very happy, and excited about my new Sunfire TGP-5. I still have my laserdisc player, it's in mint shape, and I have many laserdics as well, alot of my lasers are in DTS, and I always thought DTS sounded better than DD5.1. I just wish there were more movies in DTS, to use Blueray do you need a different DVD player? I thought Blue ray was only a video format, I did'nt know it had better audio as well!!!?? I really appriciate all this info.
Thanks so Very much Guys,
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Blaser,
Thanks much for the info I just ran a search for movies in DTS, and I discovered I have about 40 of those movies and never knew they were in DTS. Why is it when I put one of those movies on, my processor always defaults to DD5.1 anyway Im about to start watching all those movies again.
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It is only because it automatically choses track no.1 (generally DD). You have to switch to DTS if you want by pressing the audio button, or run the DVD setup before the movie. chose audio and subtitle.

Blu-ray movies require a Blu-ray player, and yes there are even more sound formats theoretically better than DVD
 

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Blaser,
Thanks much for the info I just ran a search for movies in DTS, and I discovered I have about 40 of those movies and never knew they were in DTS. Why is it when I put one of those movies on, my processor always defaults to DD5.1 anyway Im about to start watching all those movies again.
Thanks so Much,
Paul
Have a look at the "Language" or "Options" menu's on these DVDs as you would have to select the DTS audio track otherwise it will default to DD or even worse on older DVDs Prologic.
 

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I am sure you'll be happy with THIS and THIS
 
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Oh yeah, thanks much Blaser, infact Im gonna print all that info, there's so much I have to learn, sometimes all of this seems so overwhelming.
Paul :bigsmile:
 
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