Dolby Digital vs DTS: X – Which is Better?

Last article we saw which is better among Dolby Digital, Atmos, Plus. If you have already read that post then it’s perfect time to jump on this one.

Dolby Digital and DTS:X are the popular surround sound formats That have an ability to bring up more realism to entertainment.

The Dolby Digital and DTS:X are audio compression technologies that allow the movie makers to reproduce the sound in home theatre speakers and in cinemas as well. 

Dolby Digital 

It is also referred to as ‘Industry standard’. It delivers the cinematic surround sound experience with its multi-channel audio codec technology. They first introduced this system in the movie ‘Batman Returns'(1992).

Later it saw several updates and now the Dolby Digital supports upto 7.1 speaker channels and HD surround.


  • Produce high quality sound
  • Has many channels of surround sound
  • Increase the potential of the speakers
  • Enhance the listening experience
  • Reduces the required data and optimize the audio quality
  • The dynamic range of special effects


  • Much lower compression than the DTS
  • It is not capable of working on all drivers
  • Not compatible with audio CDs
  • The dynamics may be affected by the compression

Digital Theatre Systems (DTS:X)

The Digital Theatre system is introduced in the year 1993 in the movie Jurassic Park. Later, the system is updated and current, it supports formats such as DTS-High Definition and 7.1 channels.

DTS provides you a lossless format. DTS is flexible. It does not require any overhead speakers.

You are allowed to adjust sound objects manually so that you can crank on the soundtrack and which makes it easier to hear dialogues over the loud effects.

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  • Experience rich sound quality for music and movie.
  • Compatible with all kinds of drivers
  • Has automatic equalizer
  • Provides scalable features


  • Limited software
  • Does not have a ‘Live’ feature

Similarities between Dolby digital and DTS

Both form the leading surround sound systems in the entertainment world. There are many similarities between them.

Surround sound

Both of the systems have the capacity to deliver surround sound codecs.

They both have a separate channel for the subwoofer and have small surround speakers. They both have channels such as 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1.

Data deletion

Both have the capacity to remove useless data and deliver optimum sound effects with fewer data.

Burning CD/DVD

The better quality does not take much data with these two systems. These features also favor streaming applications.

Dynamic range

Both systems have a better and dynamic range of sound systems. They also feature a multi-dimensional sound system.

Difference in output

While listening, they do not seem to have any difference. Still, this is a foundational argument among audiophiles.

But still, now, the is no physical difference found in the sound quality without considering the technicalities.

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Dolby Digital vs DTS:X

Both of them deliver a fantastic surround sound experience for your entertainment purposes.

Compression levels and Bitrates

Dolby Digital compresses the audio to 640 Kilobits/s for the Blu-ray discs. For DVD, it has a slower bit rates ie upto 448 kbits/s.

DTS offers less compression than the Dolby digital and has higher bitrates upto 1.5Mb/s and for DVDs, it has a bitrate of 768 kbps.


DTS has the ability to work on all drivers including the slower drivers. It has the capacity to equalize the bass to match the driver.

Therefore the DTS is made to be compatible with the lower end drivers. Dolby requires a high quality and durable driver to work.

But it promises to deliver the best quality of surround sound output.

Hence, looking at cost, the Dolby becomes more expensive when compared to the DTS systems.

Live feature

DTS lacks the live feature. For better sound quality, live video streaming applications require ample quality.

The Dolby digital has the ability to produce sound quality on live video streaming applications.


DTS provides you a higher butrates that ensures a more realistic experience. Although, some audiophiles rate Dolby than the DTS considering the factors including signal to noise ratio and speaker and channel calibration.

The question itself is ambiguous. Whether it is DTS or Dolby digital, you can always experience absolute cinematic experience in your home with the good-quality components, with the quality set up.

About Sachin Verma

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