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Scott Francis Baker


September 10th, 2008

Bad DVDs @ 01:33 pm

 
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From:vanbeast
Date:September 10th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
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THX has nothing to do with surround sound. It's a certification process related to the fidelity of sound reproduction. I'm not 100% sure but I believe that Return of the Jedi (the first THX-certified film, in fact the film that THX was created for) was stereo.
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From:muerte
Date:September 10th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
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It's also a test for optimum viewing angles and other such things. But it's *mostly* touted for it's sound. The THX "demo" that's on DVDs is all about sound, so to default to 2.0 is poor design.
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From:vanbeast
Date:September 10th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
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THX video stuff came much later, and the THX splash screen with the sweep is specific to THX sound.

The THX "demo" that's on DVDs is all about sound, so to default to 2.0 is poor design.

I still disagree. More speakers != better sound and PARTICULARLY != fidelity... most people only have stereo anyway. Lowest common denominator makes the most sense for people creating mass-market media (depressing but true).

Imagine how you'd feel if you popped a DVD into your laptop and only discovered 4 minutes in that it defaulted to 5.1 and so you were missing 90% of the dialog, foley, and bass?

Scott Francis Baker