Define noticeably better ?
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Hi guys -- I'm not sure if there are Blu-ray audio disks. I guess I don't have any comparative experiences between the audio quality between:
1) DVD (video of Live in Paris); not DVD-A
2) Blu-ray (video of Live in Paris)
3) DVD-A (obsolete? but better than SACD per Eldatford -- for the uninitiated like me -- why is DVD-A better than SACD?)
I would guess that DVD-A and SACD would contain better audio (since they contain DSD -- I don't think DVD and BR contain DSD audio unless it's a special option on select titles?).
So, I think I just answered my own question :) Sorry -- I'm still learning about this stuff.
DVDA is not DSD. Just straightforward 24/96 for multichannel and 24/192 for stereo. (IMHO DSD is all Sony hype).
The bandwidth provided by DVDA can be used in different ways. Many DVDA include a lot of video... discussion of the music etc.
The audio mix can be selected at playback... "Stage" or "Audience".
I have both SACD and SACD and both can sound much better than a CD depending, as always, on the mix. However, my very best discs happen to be DVDA.
I have yet to be impressed with SACD, but DVD-A is brilliant. I'd say CD and DVD-Video are on par. I know DVD-Video has the extra word length and sample rate, but DVDs never sound much if any better than CDs to me. Maybe it's the material.
I'm not sure I can tell the diff between SACD and CD.
I'd put DVD-A up there with vinyl. Maybe above.