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Old 12-28-2007, 01:16 AM
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Default Running optical on hd-a2, advantage to pick true HD track or DD+?

Just wondering for the hd discs that have both TRUE HD and Dolby Digital+, does one give me better sound vs the other, I know that it all gets down converted to DTS(1.5mb) on my Yamaha REceiver and sounds very good, but wondered if one was a better choice to down convert for optimal sound quality? Only thing I did notice is on TRUE HD, the sound level is lower then DD+ on the down convert to DTS. Thanks everyone!
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:26 AM
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i have a 360 and still using dd and dts and it sounds way better than standard dvds!!! my thig is it all depends on the person that is mastering the sound!!!
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Old 12-28-2007, 02:36 PM
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i have a 360 and still using dd and dts and it sounds way better than standard dvds!!! my thig is it all depends on the person that is mastering the sound!!!
I agree, but since the hd-a2 does 1.5mbs down convert, there may be a reason to pick true Hd over DD+..Anyone out there?
I know the new hd-a3 can only do half the sampling rate, which sux for the hd-a3 if your only using the optical link, makes the hd-a2 a better player IMOP...
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I always choose the highest quality audio available on the menu.

I run optical on my HD-XA1 so my setup is similar to yours audio-wise. I personally notice an improvement when choosing TrueHD over DD+. Things just seem a bit more lively and engaging.

Even though the TrueHD is down-converted, it makes sense to me to start with the best quality codec and down-convert than to choose a lesser audio codec in the first place.

There is my 2.

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I always choose the highest quality audio available on the menu.

I run optical on my HD-XA1 so my setup is similar to yours audio-wise. I personally notice an improvement when choosing TrueHD over DD+. Things just seem a bit more lively and engaging.

Even though the TrueHD is down-converted, it makes sense to me to start with the best quality codec and down-convert than to choose a lesser audio codec in the first place.

There is my 2.

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I do the same, always start with the best codec. I have a fairly low-end system, but am happy with the results I get.
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iontyre, noticing your 20 year old kenwood mains made me chuckle a bit.

I have some old Sansui speakers that are now about 23 years old and they sound awesome. I don't use them at the moment (I had to get something smaller for the living room so the speakers wouldn't take over, hence the Athena WS-100's) but look forward to deploying them in the master bedroom.

I have to roll my eyes whenever somebody crows about how great their new Bose ultra-tiny, super small mega-cube speakers sound when they seem not to notice the fact they get no substantial mid-range from them.

Give me the warmth of 20 year old speakers anytime!

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I used to do the same before I upgraded my reciever. It just makes sense to choose the highest quality codec when downconverting to DTS.
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Typically the True HD downconverted will sound better, especially if the DD+ is 640kps which it more then likely is (Most Warner Titles are).
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iontyre, noticing your 20 year old kenwood mains made me chuckle a bit.

I have some old Sansui speakers that are now about 23 years old and they sound awesome. I don't use them at the moment (I had to get something smaller for the living room so the speakers wouldn't take over, hence the Athen WS-100's) but look forward to deploying them in the master bedroom.

I have to roll my eyes whenever somebody crows about how great their new Bose ultra-tiny, super small mega-cube speakers sound when they seem not to notice the fact they get no substantial mid-range from them.

Give me the warmth of 20 year old speakers anytime!
Thanks. I was going to replace them with Polk rti4's using my accumulated Father's Day/Birthday/Christmas money, but decided they weren't so bad and bought more HD DVD's instead. They have nice 10" woofers in them and I actually get descent bass, which I would probably have missed with the rti4's. Until I can afford a discrete sub I will probably just stick with the old Kenwoods...
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:52 PM
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I am in this same situation with the A2. To me, the Dolby Digital Plus codec sounds better down converted than the True track. I thought maybe that was because of the receiver I have, which is a 6 year old JVC with just DD and DTS.
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