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 Post subject: Stereo to DTS
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:28 am 
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Is there any way that we can do mp3 to DTS without much loss in quality. I've been trying for it from many days


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo to DTS
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:31 am 
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Unfortunately, this is not likely to give very good results. You would be going from a lossy 2-channel format to another lossy 6-channel format. If you're very lucky, you might be able to mask some of the deficiencies with a good mastering VST, but it might also just amplify them.

You can easily try SPEC with an MP3 source because the file player accepts this format. If you still have the CD sources, the best solution however would be to rip them again to wav or flac.


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo to DTS
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:32 pm 
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Agree with Fan51. While an mp3 will sound just fine on some headphones while going for a jog, running through SPEC will very quickly reveal the deficiencies of even a 320kbps mp3 file. I would simply not recommend it ever.


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo to DTS
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:05 pm 
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ok. own experience, we recommend you make an image from the cd, but if the source is mp3, you can return it to wav and some vst (ej. rock amp legend of nomad ) give back to something of quality.

SPEC simply the best....


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo to DTS
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:36 pm 
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choquito2 wrote:
ok. own experience, we recommend you make an image from the cd, but if the source is mp3, you can return it to wav and some vst (ej. rock amp legend of nomad ) give back to something of quality.

SPEC simply the best....


With all due respect, Choquito, I disagree with your recommendation. While a mastering VST may pump up an mp3 file a bit, it will be a rare case where it completely does the job. My opinion is always that source matters and will make a huge difference in both sound quality and separation when converting. I often even look at different versions of the same album when deciding what to use when converting to see what does the best job.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:35 pm 
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River161 wrote:
choquito2 wrote:
ok. own experience, we recommend you make an image from the cd, but if the source is mp3, you can return it to wav and some vst (ej. rock amp legend of nomad ) give back to something of quality.

SPEC simply the best....


With all due respect, Choquito, I disagree with your recommendation. While a mastering VST may pump up an mp3 file a bit, it will be a rare case where it completely does the job. My opinion is always that source matters and will make a huge difference in both sound quality and separation when converting. I often even look at different versions of the same album when deciding what to use when converting to see what does the best job.


I agree completely. Source matter more than the media type in many cases. I have several CDs that converted worse (both from audio quality and 5.1 effects) than MP3. Of course, I am not talking about MP3 of the same disk, those would be inferior in sound quality due to compression. All I am saying is that original master recording quality is of paramount importance. If it was recorded badly, it will be just as bad on a CD. But some MP3 shine - vivid, detailed, every instrument and voice are clear.

So, checking different versions of the same song (regardless of format) makes perfect sense. An MP3 version may sound better than a different ISO of a CD.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:10 pm 
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BrugioBuoanarotti wrote:
River161 wrote:
choquito2 wrote:
ok. own experience, we recommend you make an image from the cd, but if the source is mp3, you can return it to wav and some vst (ej. rock amp legend of nomad ) give back to something of quality.

SPEC simply the best....


With all due respect, Choquito, I disagree with your recommendation. While a mastering VST may pump up an mp3 file a bit, it will be a rare case where it completely does the job. My opinion is always that source matters and will make a huge difference in both sound quality and separation when converting. I often even look at different versions of the same album when deciding what to use when converting to see what does the best job.


I agree completely. Source matter more than the media type in many cases. I have several CDs that converted worse (both from audio quality and 5.1 effects) than MP3. Of course, I am not talking about MP3 of the same disk, those would be inferior in sound quality due to compression. All I am saying is that original master recording quality is of paramount importance. If it was recorded badly, it will be just as bad on a CD. But some MP3 shine - vivid, detailed, every instrument and voice are clear.

So, checking different versions of the same song (regardless of format) makes perfect sense. An MP3 version may sound better than a different ISO of a CD.


I guess you never say "never," but I'll go ahead anyway: mp3 is never going to sound better.

However, where I do agree here is that you want to look at different sources sometimes. There certainly be variations between vinyl rips, CD, "studio master" type mixes, etc., which will affect both sound quality and separation. I've also found albums where different formats actually have different mixes of some songs on them. There was a Madonna album where I found that once.

I very much like "studio master" hi-rez stereo sources, but those aren't available for every album. I find that the vinyl rips that are often found on certain corners of the internet vary much in terms of the person actually doing the rip, etc., but they're often very good.


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