dolby digital is a lossy compression, and not a very good one ... it worked well for the time it came out, but now .... well, it\'s old! DTS sounds better .... and the market is turning more and more towards DVD-A (MLP encoding) and SACD (DSD encoding) ... well, at least for high resolution audio, or multi-channel audio.
of course, DD is still the standard for film, etc.
but for demoing purposes (not sure exactly what your intent is) ... it is better to have 6 seperate wav files so we can load them into our sequencers.
Just to be contrary, I\'ll take three stereo wavs [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
One thing I\'ve never understood is why people would want the .1 part. Each playback system has its own subwoofer cutoff frequency. I would prefer to get five full bandwidth signals, HPF for the five mains, then sum and LPF for the subwoofer.
How does the 5.1 producer/engineer know what crossover frequency my system has, or what my physical speakers require?
I guess it makes sense for movies, where you use the sub as a special effects channel for explosions, but for music the .1 seems a bit weird. Then again, I\'m more of a 2.0 guy at heart.