DTS today announced plans to begin shipment of the first DVD-Audio music recordings produced by its company-owned DTS Entertainment record label, by late February.
Each DVD-Audio title will be marketed as a ‘DTS Music Experience,’ and will include MLP multi-channel and stereo tracks for DVD-Audio players, plus a DTS ‘Master Quality’ multi-channel soundtrack and a Dolby Digital stereo track (for compatibility with all existing DVD-Video players).
‘The new DVD-Audio format provides the storage capacity to simultaneously deliver multiple high-resolution 5.1 and stereo soundtracks’, said Jon Kirchner, DTS president and COO. ‘Backward compatibility to the DVD-Video format brings these music recordings directly into the homes and automobiles of millions of DTS Digital Surround enthusiasts.’
The first DVD-Audio titles scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2001 include a series of 96/24 classical titles from ILIAD, the pop/rock album Toy Matinee (produced by Patrick Leonard), Steve Stevens’ Flamenco A Go-Go, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Additional titles include 5.1 audio mixes from up-and-coming pop/rock stars such as: The Gluey Brothers, Studio Voodoo, Pacific Coast Highway and Larisa Stow.
The first discs should start arriving in retail stores in time for a street date in late February.