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Better for Gaming: Dolby Digital Live or DTS Interactive?

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by spunkyXL, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. spunkyXL

    spunkyXL Master Guru

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    My soundcard has an option for DDL or DTS Interactive, which one should I choose for my 5.1 Setup? I'm mostly using this for gaming.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tinuva

    Tinuva Master Guru

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    Out of interest sake, which card is this? Might help since the card can do it in 2 completely different ways.

    DTS is obviously more advanced but some receivers only support DDL thus you also need to tell us which receiver you use.

    The performance between the 2 should theoretically be the same as both is "real time" technologies.
     
  3. ROBSCIX

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    DTS is "preferred" among many HT enthusiast as it has a bit better compression ratios..etc.

    To note, with many of the modern cards like Prelude etc, analog to a receiver will sound much better in most cases then the same card and receiver using a digital connection. Unless you have a extremely high end receiver.
     
  4. spunkyXL

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    I'm using the Auzentech Xplosion Sound Card with Sony Bravia DAV-HDX275 Receiver via TOSLINK Cable.

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  5. kwak

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    ive done a quick search, and i don't think you can hook up your computer with analog cables because it doesnt look like your reciever has the right connections for that.
    as far as dts vs ddl goes, listen to ROBSCIX, he is probably the best here about audio.
     
  6. spunkyXL

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    Toslink Cable DOES NOT = Analog
     
  7. kwak

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    wtf do you mean with that? i know perfectly well that toslink isnt analog. i was reffering to the comment ROBSCIX made:
    i meant to say that the OP's receiver doesnt have the nessecary inputs to do this, and so he had to use a digital connection. since the only way to get surround over toslink is dolby digital or dts, you need a card that can do ddl or dts interactive(or whatever its called).
     
  8. ROBSCIX

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    @Kwak, yeah but he didn't mention that his system didn;t have analog inputs in the original post. Just a simple questions. I usually mention that anyways to people who ask about digital....
     
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  9. umeng2002

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    Dolby has the better compression ratio. That's why it's data stream isn't as wide as DTS.

    try to do some A/B comparisons.

    Off the top of my head, I'd pick DTS because it doesn't have to compress the sound as much; even though, the Dolby stream is smaller just because it's has a better compression ratio.

    It's like comparing MPEG2 to MPEG4. You can get the same quality out of both, but it's up to how they're mastered.

    Because of that, you have to see of the DTS or DDL sound bad in some situations.
     
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    I will agree to some extent that saying one is better then the other is not quite black and white. When you consider the numbers, The default bit rate for DD is 384 kbps and the DTS bit rate is 1400 kbps. This means, atleast DTS has the ability to sound better then Dolby Digital but it depends one things such as your playback gear etc. One might have trouble telling the difference between the two one lesser quality equipment.
     
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    If I had to choose, I'd say dts.
    dts always sounds more "directional" for me.
    I suppose it depends on the source, the hardware and environment you're in...
     
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    DTS. Always use it when available in my Cinema.
     

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