Originally Posted by JLL
It doesn't matter if you
can benefit from it. It's about bringing a consistent experience for the buyer, and many people care just as they care about everything else in the movies. That's why they have invested thousands of dollars on their home cinemas.
Why not please everyone when it's possible? Lossless sound doesn't mean that people with audio equipment not capable of handling lossless are missing anything, but the opposite does.
And no, not all movies are perfect demo material regarding their soundtrack, but at least let that
be the deciding factor as to which soundtrack the HD version will get - instead of letting the length and complexity of the movie decide.
What does that have to do with anything? Soundtracks are not originally 128k mp3s.
That is the point. There is no point offering Lossless audio track encoding from a 128k mp3 quality source master. Especially for the purpose of brining a consistent experience for the buyer, as you have pointed out, only the limited number of enthusiasts will be able to enjoy lossless audio when properly presented.
Most enthusiasts setups can tell when 128k mp3 quality track is being offered as lossless audio encoding and the lossless option is useless and is just merely a space filler. However, most users will not, even when the audio quality is worthy and presented as lossless.
The way Blu-Ray offers lossless is mostly a PR spin without delivering quality these audio encodes are supposed to bring to the HDM. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, but it's not something that is worthy of boasting as a blu-ray strength that does not deliver anything extra. I'm sure there are few HDM titles that lossless option is a must, but there are more HDM titles that Lossless is useless. I wish that every HDM audio track released are worthy of the full lossless offering, but that is not the case. I guess, anyone can offer lossless audio track despite being worthy of of the technology.
BTW, most of the argument about long movie & lacking lossless audio on HD-DVD is just a fanboy talk.
I think the title Troy, over 3 hrs long movie, came with TrueHD lossless audio track on HD-DVD. I think Blu-Ray version did come with extra multi-channel PCM track along with TrueHD audio because not all Blu-Ray players can decode TrueHD track. I can't see this as a strength because HD-DVD players do not require multi-channel PCM tracks to get lossless, but only blu-ray players do. Actually, the main reason for blu-ray to push lossless (mostly in the form of multi-channel PCM) is because many standalone players are not capable of decoding Hidef audio encodes like DD+, TrueHD, and DTS-HD.