So why feel the need to question how and where ?
Hold up pardner… I was questioning nothing. I was merely pointing out that it would be easier for future rips to use the existing DD track off the master disc than to try and convert the DTS track to DD. However, there are valid reasons not to.
Don’t forget… these threads are for anybody who wants to read them, not just the OP. And he’s free to ignore the suggestion if it’s not applicable (as is anyone else). But that doesn’t make it any less helpful to others.
You’ve said your piece… ad nauseam. We’ve heard your opinion several times. This discussion is already filling hundreds (if not thousands) of internet audiophile and hidef pages.
The general consensus amongst the audio professionals is that with proper equipment and properly sourced files, they should sound about the same. And DD has their own test results where DD sounded “better” than DTS in their listening tests (of course DTS said the tests are worthless because they were not run by an independent group).
One major factor is that when a disc is already released in just a stock DD version, they have to make the consumers want to buy a second copy when it’s re-released as the “Special Edition” with DTS. So the DTS track is usually re-mixed to give it some “oomph”. So that DTS track sounds better, not by the nature of it being a DTS track, but simply because it was mixed to “sound better”. They could have re-mixed the DD track to “sound better” too, but they generally don’t. In those cases, you’d be better off converting the DTS track to DD than you would be using the original DD track off the disc.
If the DTS track has been re-mixed and sweetened, then it should sound better – that’s why they did it. If it’s the stock audio, the DTS and DD should be virtually identical. And converting the DTS track to DD should sound virtually identical.
If the disc was originally released with both DTS and DD, they may not have played with the DTS track’s mix, or they may have played with the DD track as well to give it the same “oomph”.
The whole original point was to release the disc once with DD only, and then re-release it with the “better sounding” DTS track so you’ll buy a second copy. Nobody would have bought the second copy if they left the DTS track sounding identical to the DD track that was on the original release.
And all this is long before you factor in the acoustics of a room, or anything like that. An acoustically dead room can easily kill off any “oomph” that was mixed in and make both sound rather limp and flat and disappointing.
But, there will only be a difference if that difference was _ deliberately _ put there… it’s not an inherent difference between the 2 formats.