Is there any regulation on the use of the dts and dolby surround logo?

Discussion in 'High End Audio' started by Caloonese, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. Caloonese

    Caloonese Guest

    I purchased a couple of DVD Audio discs published by a company called
    "BCI". On the box, the "dts", "dolby 5.1 surround sound" etc. logo
    were printed as big as a quarter. Obviously the logos were intented to
    lure buyers who enjoy surround sound and 5.1 music.

    When I played the discs, my amp shows that those tracks are indeed
    present, there are three tracks. One 2.0 PCM stereo, one 5.1 dolby
    surround and the other dts 5.1. The only problem is that on each of
    these tracks, only the left and right channel contains any audio data.
    All the other channels are silent. Technically the discs DO indeed
    encode in the advertized formats, just the contents do not use the
    features of the formats.

    It is like selling you a Mercedes Benz which don't even have an engine.
    The Logo is there, the chassis is there, just no relevant content.

    If some movie maker prints a Black and White film on Kodak Technicolor
    film media, can he claim his movie is in color?

    Is what this BCI company doing even legal? To me, it is obviously a
    false advertisement and deliberate misrepresentation to scam consumers.

    Does anyone know where I can report this kind of fraudulent business
    practice? Would any government agent care? Would Dolby Lab care?
    Caloonese, Mar 19, 2005
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  2. Caloonese

    Harry Lavo Guest

    Is your dvd player a universal or a hybrid? And if so, are you playing
    through the multichannel analog outputs of this machine? If you do, and
    Dolby Digital and DTS are set in setup to download/decode to PCM, you can
    get this phenomenon.

    Make sure you can get multichannel on other disks. If you cannot, then your
    setup may be the cause.
    Harry Lavo, Mar 19, 2005
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    Codifus Guest

    If you bring it to Dolby's attention, I think they'll definitely care.
    BCI is making them look bad. Have you tried looking up better business
    bureaus on the net?

    Codifus, Mar 24, 2005
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