How many channels and what formats do you want to see on DVD Audio discs?

DVD audio standards are still up in the air, but promise (hopefully) to come down soon. For our inaugural question, we want to know what you prefer: fewer channels and longer playing times, or multichannel high-quality sound with shorter playing times.

How many channels and what formats do you want to see on DVD Audio discs?
2 channels: 16bit/44kHz
2% (8 votes)
2 channels: 24bit/96kHz
40% (204 votes)
5.1channels: 16bit/44kHz
1% (5 votes)
5.1 channels: 24bit/96kHz
26% (133 votes)
5.1 channels: Dolby Digital (AC-3)
7% (35 votes)
5.1 channels: DTS
6% (31 votes)
Mix of Formats
11% (58 votes)
Open Standards
6% (31 votes)
Don't Care
1% (6 votes)
Total votes: 511

Carlos Lozano's picture

Highest resolution stereophonic sound!

Willis Greenstreet's picture

I really don't know what is best at this time. I think that too many axes are being ground at this time.

Paulo Pires's picture

...640KB should be enough for everybody... Bill Gates in the 80's

Hal Clark's picture

Priorities from my perspective: 1) solve the jitter problem for audio on DVD 2) choose a sampling rate that syncs with the video rate rather than an arbitrary 24x96 spec, even if there are theoretical translation losses in the mathmatical approximations of the conversion 3) minimize compression [to lossless, worst case] for formats greater than 2 channels intended for high quality applications 4) use high data rate primary channels and compressed effects channels 5) put 2 formats on a single disk for compatibility with basic systems [happens even in the best homes]; possibly provide synchonization of high bit rate primary channels as second format that allows choice of primary channel data source in high quality applications [put the cost burden for time buffering on the more expensive systems]

1classdoc's picture

If you get DVD ,go all the way.thats what i did!! and i love it!

Karl Richichi's picture

Well any dvd with 5.1 sound is fine. Just no DIVX please.....

Jeff Kelly's picture

I am not intereested in large storage, that has never been a real seller quality sound has always been the driving force for audiophiles.

pk's picture

24 bit is essential for a high quality sound recording. 96kHz is a bit unnecessary, but it won't hurt to have it.'s picture

But the Sony/Philips system seems to be the best

Christopher Bartel's picture

There is a place for varied formats in the DVD environment,music and video alike. So why not use it to its fullest extent.

Terry S.  Lee's picture

Although I could not find any Dolby Digital music recording but I had a chance to listen to DTS music cd and it is wonderful. I hope DVD audio will be available to DTS standard.

Julian I.  Spring's picture

I would like to see an increase in Bandwidth and overall quality by moving to a 5.1 24bit/96Hz audio format.'s picture

I heard the Eagles on DTS at the SanFrancisco HIFI '97 show. It was extremely good music for the equipment used. And the scan frequency should be 88.2 to allow a single master without extreme effort to master CD 44.1. 24 bit is good, but won't be commercially viable for too long.

Dan Rust's picture

The audio track of any movie is 50% of the experience, so do everything possible to ensure that at least 50% of my movie watching experience is worth while.

david m.  brooks, III's picture

Actually the best format would be a mix, with the decoder smart enough to know what it is getting. But new high quality recordings should be mostly produced in the multi-channel high bit, high sample rate format.

Glenn Hoeppner's picture

Why would anyone want longer playing times? I'm hard pressed to find a CD that uses the maximum time. On the other hand I only want a higher sampling rate if it's taken advantage of. It'd be nice to see a rock/pop CD that was as well done as Dire Straits Brother's in Arms Album.

Craig Copeland's picture

I am interested in the very best 2 channel sound quality I can get for a given amount of money. DVD as I understand it has great capcity however and if it takes inclusion of various formats on a disk to make the marketing effort commercialy viable so be it to get at least some improvement over the 16/44 current red book standard. However it is accomplished I think it would be a big big help to have any new DVD music disks be playable on current CD players at 16/44 and also have the new DVD players be able to play the 16/44 CDs. Using these two approaches would sure make the transition to higher quality DVD sound less painful for the end users.

Andrew Herndon Jr.'s picture

DVD audio won't find its way ino my system if it isn't in 5.1.

Igor Zamberlan's picture

My second choice would be open standards. I don't trust the industry to come out with a 5.1, 24/96 standard with a lossless compression. And I think that, here in Europe, the average listening room is too small for a 5.1 installation - an audiophile one, I mean.

M.  Adamic's picture

Who cares about more channels when we can reach the sky with only 2?

Methee Nakapan's picture

Fine, if it sounds more realistic.'s picture

I really prefer the sound of vinyl. If the new DVD audio discs would bring the warmth and depth into the sound on the new DVD audio discs, this would be great. I'm sure in certain recordings one could want extra channels of sound, however the true live concert going experience can only be created if there is enough data bit imformation to match the vinyl versions. True the current CD is improving, but so are the Classic repressings of older recordings. If the new DVD will match the discs, I would be very happy. Until then, I try to stick with vinyl. Seth Lubin Brooklyn, NY

Michael Margulis's picture

2 ch 24bit/96kHz; 5.1 ch 24bit/96kHz

T's picture

2 channels is enough for me.

S.  Figiel's picture

If people want to know what does 24 bits at 96Khz sounds like, they should listen to a vinyl recording!, it's already available...

John Galway's picture

test by John Galway for Mary Platts

Marco Prete,'s picture

The sheer logical beauty behind the idea of stereophonics can't be beat.

Matthew Peterson's picture

Sound quality must come first.

George Bahrynowski's picture

More than two channels will kill high fidelity as we know it.

James Henry's picture

The reason that I'm excited about DVD players is that they offer superior video and sound-quality, both being in the digital domain and having a high capacity.