Surrounded

May 22, 2004

dolbySurround sound format recommendations usually go something like this: they say, “What should I get?” then I say, “You should get *insert name*.” Then they ask, “What about *insert name*?” Repeat this until it ends in, “Well you don’t know what you’re talking about.” This is why I rarely recommend formats. It gets tiring trying to sway someone away from spending 2K plus on a surround receiver, who’s optimal format is supported by a handful of discs. Or proprietary standards like EX.

Honestly if left to their own guises, manufactures would likely release a “new” format every other week. Why not? What better way to keep the coffers full than confusion and format wars? Ok, maybe that’s a little harsh but, regardless I think I’ve got a page to steer people toward and that’ll help. No real revelation here but it has, drum roll, a flash animation that’s just about fool proof.

The odd thing is, it’s probably been sitting there for months and I’m a little off my game in noticing. I think it’s safe to say that Pro Logic IIx is the format’s format. Or rather, I dare say, argument proof? I’m asking for it with that one but, it works for me. Dolby states “Pro Logic IIx is the first and only technology to process any native stereo or 5.1 signal into a 6.1- or 7.1- channel output”.

Here’s an excellent in depth article on Dolby Digital and DTS.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Surround Sound


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