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Midnight Oil "Capricornia" DTS-ES

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texquad

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Picked up Midnight Oil's new one "Capricornia" on DTS-ES
over the weekend and it's a wonderful sounding disc.
I don't have DTS-ES, but there are some nice panning effects and the like. Good music, great mix, I recommend it to any multi-channel rock music lover.
 

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So glad this is out! Will begin the process of ordering it and adding an earlier album to my wish list elsewhere on this site.
 

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Is there a trick to playing this ?

All I get is digital 'static' from my Pioneer 588A and my PS3.

I even tried making a CD copy of it to see if it would play... same thing, static.
 

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There is a known issue with this one. The gap preceding the first track is too long and many players don't get a lock on the DTS signal. Try searching on Capricornia here there should be some info. As I recall you need to trim a few seconds off the first track and burn a new copy.
 

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I clipped a few seconds off of the beginning of 'Golden Age' with Goldwave and re-wrote the disc... plays great now.

Thanks again, BananaSlug. I owe you a beer !
 

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There is a known issue with this one. The gap preceding the first track is too long and many players don't get a lock on the DTS signal.
Come on, at the price of a DTS CD, they couldn't even manage to TEST their bloody disc ?!?

At last it works well on my Pioneer DV-595. Not the best DTS CD ever, not the worst either. I'm not so sure about the actual sound quality, the album in itself has a quite muddy mix.
 

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Just picked this one up and I love it! Great music and a very discrete surround mix - drums/bass/lead guitars upfront, lead vocal in center channel, and rhythm guitars/backing vocals rear. Love the opening track, "Golden Age" (very different from Beck's "The Golden Age" :ROFLMAO:).

I decided to rip the 6.1 tracks (DTSParser -> Foobar2000) even though I don't actually have a rear center channel in my main system, and was surprised to find that the extra channel actually carries quite a bit of isolated discrete information. It turns out that the DTS-ES encoding is subtractive rather than additive - it actually removes the center-panned content from the rear channels and places it in its own speaker.

Towards the end of "Golden Age", there's a section where the lead vocal come solely from the rear channels ("I can see a purple patch of jacaranda..."). - when played in standard 5.1, it's suspended between the left rear and right rear. In 6.1, that vocal is isolated in the rear center speaker and completely absent from the left and right rears.

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My only knock on this disc is that the sound quality could be better - not sure if it's in the mix or the mastering, but its got a sort of muddy/compressed sound. It is fairly loud and the front channels have that "haircut" look, suggesting they were limited to some degree.
 
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