are the different audio formats used on a DVD?
What about DTS?
DVD can store audio in a range of formats. The most
popular is Dolby Digital ( AC-3 ) because it offers
good quality, surround-sound and small file sizes so
you can comfortably have several audio streams.
Briefly, the most popular audio formats are:
- PCM - Uncompressed stereo audio, 16 or 24-bit. This
offers the highest-quality, but
the large file-size means multiple streams can restrict
- AC-3 - Aka Dolby Digital. Compressed to enable you
to fit more on the disc, a bit like MP3.
Offers surround-sound with good quality, and the possibility
of multiple audio tracks.
- DTS - Another compressed audio format. Many people
feel that because of it's higher data rate,
DTS sounds better than AC-3. Not all players support