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Can some one tell me the sound quality of video cds. Are they streo? How do they compare to VHS? Is it good enough for db suround sound? thanx

-- Thomas Stover (, January 08, 1999


The sound depends on the company releasing the movie. Many video cds that are from the studios originall are basic stereo. Some studios do find a way to encode the audio tracks in AC-3 or even Dolby Surround. however they prefer to stick to basic stereo as PCs and normal households can afford to handle that particular audio channel.

-- Rutger Stevens (, January 08, 1999.

I have done a comparison of something recorded from television to both tape and video cd. The VHS copy, made on a Hi-Fi VCR, had a bad background hiss and the stereo effects were bland. I also captured the same thing directly from the television into my computer, encoded it in MPEG, and made a Video CD of it. It sounded gorgeous, almost CD quality, with terrific Dolby Surround.

To make a long story short, Video CD sound is much better than VHS.

Of course anything is only as good as it's components. Hope this answers your question, I tried to make it as simple as possible, but I think I failed.

-- Eric J. Katowitz (, January 11, 1999.

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