It seem most new systems play both, so mark each DVD case as to which was mixed better for future playing.
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I notice that quite a few of the DTS DVD's I have actually do have the high 1.5Mb sampling rate. To me, they sound better than DD at 384K. I also have some DVD's that have both a DTS and DD soundtrack, with DTS running at lowe bit rate. It still seems DTS sounds a touch better, but not as good as high bitrate DTS.
I have the DTS version of dances with wolves, as well as the CD, MD and SACD of the soundtrack. Comparetively speaking, the MD sound is the least great, but I do not have any high end MD players, so that could have something to do with that. Next the DVD, then the CD. But, if you compare the DVD soundtrack with the SACD sound track... Wow what a difference. Again, the equipment I use for SACD playback is waay more expensive than what is used for DVD, but I sure wish the DVD sound could be as good as the SACD sound.
Whenever I have a choice with DVDs, I use DTS.
DTS uses appr 1/4 as much compression as Dolby Digital. As such, it should sound much better, more natural and have greater impact or "slam" if the rest of the system is up to the challenge. In my opinion, there is no comparison between DTS and AC-3. The only problem is that there just isn't a ton of material available that it DTS as far as i know. Sean
The words 'no-brainer' apply, IMHO. My spouse and I jump for joy when a DVD is DTS encoded. Very few 5.1 soundtracks are in the same galaxy sonically as DTS. For example, listen to the DTS copies of Bone Collector, U-571, Titan A.E, and.. I rest my case. We need a major drive to get more DTS titles! And while they're at it, 1.85 format enhanced for 16:9 would be nice on ALL DVD's so we wouldn't have to look at those !*&$#@ black bars. Whew! I feel much better now.