My sound system supports all audio formats and was curious which mix is the best quality/experience. When watching movies, I typically run DTS-HD MA.
- Default vs Dolby Digital 5.1 vs DTS Surround vs PCM 5.1. My reciever works with all these formats, but I am curious which mix is the best experience if you have a high end home theater speaker system.
- As for range, what is the difference between Default and Maximum. Is default the ideal range set by Naughty Dog? Or is it just a mid point between Maximum and Midnight?
- Center Speaker: What technically determines Small vs Large. For example, I set my center channel frequency to 120Hz if that means anything in this case.
I know audio can be subjective, but I prefer to use the highest possible quality settings and wanted to know what Naughty Dog recommends. Is default settings the best possible quality? Or is it an average setting that covers the average household speaker.
I have a 7.1 system. I find that DTS 5.1, Small Center, and Default Dynamic Range are best. In terms of Dynamic Range, it is best to turn it off if you want the full range of sound from any particular audio encode.
Cambridge SoundWorks Ensemble II with both the Powered and Slave 12" sub-woofers. Center Channel is the Center Channel Plus. The surround and surround back speakers are the Surround 5.1 speakers from Cambridge SoundWorks as well. I got them all in 1997 or so, but they sound the same as the day I got them. The only speaker set to Large in our set up are the Front speakers.
Using a 13 year old SONY 5.1 Out of a Box system, which has DTS. Sounds just great.
You should trust ther sound designers to have their audio tuned to be quite good on most systems at default settings. I do tend to turn up my subwoofer for scare based games. But there doesn't seem to be a need to change anything. There isn't a lot of "real world" noise. But you can find you may need to tweak voices/ambient. for example, old people like me have a haerd time hearing voices against rain/water, so in those early scenes I had to turn on subtitles...
Center speaker size. Large usually means it can handle below 80hz on the low end. Look up your speaker model to check. The dynamic range should not be default for best quality. You want full which might sound a bit more quiet but that means there is a bigger range between the softest sound and the loudest sound. Default might be like this. On scale of 1 to 10 with one being softest sound you might hear 4 through 10. Using anything other than full dynamic range is using an audio compressor to bring up the softer sounds. This is a slight dent in sound quality if you have good gear.
Very simple here. Dolby Digital and DTS are compressed audio formats meaning they are in a way like mp3 but multichannel. PCM is the sound unaltered and uncompressed and is the best quailtiy of the surround formats. Dts would be second and Dolby Digtal last as it has the lowest bitrate of the three.
Wiki about dynamic range compression.