Most music is created and optimized for stereo listening pleasure, and often does not sound really well in surround unless it was specifically created for that purpose.
But immersive music like ambient soundscapes can benefit greatly when it can be enjoyed in full surround.
In recent years I have re-edited most of the Ambientblog Mixes to full DTS 5.1 surround versions for my own enjoyment (I’m a true sucker for surround ambient!!).
So why not share them with you to enjoy them too? (*)
All files are DTS.WAV format – please read the note below before downloading and playing them!
This is a popular page on Ambientblog, so I guess that there are people out there downloading and enjoying (or at least playing) these surround versions.
I’d LOVE to know, and to hear your reaction if you did. Please use the comment option below.
Click image for playlist details. Click title to download the file.
If you experience download errors with these files, please use the alternative download location.
Important note on using these files:
All these surround files are DTS.WAVS.
You need a surround sound decoder (multichannel setup) to play them.
If you play them on a regular (stereo) system you may only hear a loud (and I mean LOUD) noise that might damage your speakers.
Most home cinema sets include DVD-players capable of playing DTS surround sound files directly from CD/DVD.
This means the easiest way of using these files is:
- download the file and unzip it
- Burn the extracted .WAV file to disc, exactly the same way you burn any audio disc.
Note: this does not need to be a DVD: audio CD will do fine.
Depending on your system, it’s advisable to use the lowest burning speed to prevent writing errors
- Play the CD on you home cinema/surround sound system. Most systems will automatically recognise the signal and switch to DTS surround settings.
Make sure the sound level is low when starting the CD: if you hear a loud white noise the system does not recognise the DTS signal.
- If you hear the mix as expected, turn up the output level for maximum result!
- Enjoy (and let please leave a comment below)
Software Media Players:
VLC Media Player can decode and play DTS-surround files on your computer. Of course you also need a surround (5.1) speaker system to enjoy the full surround sound.
If you play a surround mix on a set with 2 channels, the sound of the back speakers may disappear and so the mix is unbalanced. So if you’re listening with a two speaker setup, simply listen to the stereo version!
Some streaming devices may also be capable of streaming the DTS-WAV’s directly and delivering the signal to your audio system (that does the final decoding to surround). If you’re lucky enough to have one of these, you don’t need to burn the CD, you can simply stream the WAV file to the surround receiver.
From my own experience I know the Logitech Squeezebox (Touch) flawlessly does this – but for reasons beyond my comprehension Logitech has discontinued this terrific audio streamer so it is no longer available.
I assume that any streaming device that can stream uncompressed WAV and is connected using a digital link might be capable of streaming these DTS files, but I’d like to know.
If you have a device capable of streaming these DTS WAV’s, I’m interested to hear know which one that is.
It may be of interest for other visitors too – so please leave a comment below. (Any info on SONOS perhaps?)
Well, to be honest: one of the reasons I hesitated to put them online was the amount of diskspace it takes: to be able to store all surround versions I have made, I have to double the webspace – and so double the cost of hosting.
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