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Is A DualDisc?
DualDisc has both a CD audio* side and a DVD side, allowing
artists to create in exciting new ways using audio, video
and computer content - all on a single two-sided disc.
What Is On A DualDisc?
One side is the full-length CD audio album. The other side
offers DVD content. This may include enhanced album audio,
5.1 surround sound, music videos, artist interviews, behind-the-scenes
footage, documentary films, photo galleries, lyrics, computer-ready
digital song files, and Web links. It all depends on the artist.
Do I Need New Equipment?
No (see below). However, to take full advantage of DualDiscs
that feature surround sound music, you'll need a 5.1 channel
What Is Enhanced Audio And Surround Sound?
The DVD side of the DualDisc offers superior audio. Many DualDiscs
include surround sound mixes that have been specially created
during the recording process. When listened to on a 5.1 channel
surround system, the result is a rich, three-dimensional musical
experience. DualDiscs also include an LPCM Enhanced Stereo
mix of the album on the DVD side. LPCM is an uncompressed
audio encoding format and Enhanced Stereo refers to the fact
that the audio mix of the album on the DVD side is at a higher
sampling rate (48 kHz/16-bit) than that of a CD (44.1 kHz/16-bit).
Where Can I Play A DualDisc?
We recommend using the DVD side if you have a DVD player in
order to enjoy the entire album in enhanced audio and the
additional DVD features. The DVD side plays wherever a DVD
plays - including many gaming consoles and computers. In a
PC, the DVD side acts like a DVD-ROM on DualDiscs that include
computer extras and Web links. The CD audio* side plays on
all but a limited number of CD and DVD models.
How Can I Tell Which Side Is Which?
Each side is clearly marked for play on a CD or DVD player.
What If I Put A DualDisc In My Player Upside-Down?
If you place the DVD side in a CD player, it will not play
- just turn it
over and re-insert.
What DualDisc Titles Are Available?
Beginning in February 2005, a range of DualDisc titles will
across a variety of genres, for both new and catalog releases.
* The audio side of this disc does not conform to CD specifications
therefore not all DVD and CD players will play the audio side
of this disc.
© 2004 Sony BMG Music Entertainment