WARNING: Steel yourself, this is valid
I know everyone knows about the two DVD-Audio releases of ANATO and The Game, so I won't go into discussion on those two.
But I thought of something interesting: With the advent of Blu-Ray in the near-future, do you think that Queen (or Brian and Roger) would re-mix their albums in high definition surround sound?
I'm not saying that the current DTS 96/24 technology sounds bad - in fact, it sounds awesome on a full-blown surround sound system!
But I thought I would post some technical specs for something coming up in the very near future, specifically Blu-Ray, and to begin with...
DTS 96/24 and normal DTS both use the same bitrate of 1.524Mbps, so there's not too much special anything about the 96/24 version of DTS, other than it using special algorithms in the data to tell certain home theatre receivers/decoders to enhance the audio using special filters (as far as I know; I've never officially read DTS Entertainment's specs on the technology itself, as I don't really like reading specs for anything, let alone a manual even, so I'm sort of exaggerating here).
And with current DVD standards, Dolby Digital can only go up as high as 448kbps, which is nowhere even near DTS, and certainly much more compressing than DTS (hence Brian's decision not to include Dolby Digital options on Queen's DVD releases).
Well, that's going to change with Blu-Ray (and HD-DVD as well, if I am not mistaken, though I refuse to support the DVD Forum on their HD-DVD technology, since it is practically already inferior to Blu-Ray).
Newly released specs / white papers have recently listed the required and optional audio formats for Blu-Ray (while virtually no specs exists for HD-DVD, so I can't comment there).
While DTS and Dolby Digital are included, there are new versions of the two that have been developed specifically for high definition audio to go along with the high definition video (which itself can be encoded with any of the 3 HD codecs created for the format itself!), along with the PPCM (or MLP) technology which I believe was previously limited to DVD-Audio.
The specs for the new (and current) Dolby Digital and DTS codecs are as follows:
DTS - 5.1 (48/24 & 96/24) - 1.524Mbps
DTS-HD - 8 channel (48kHz & 96kHz) and 6 channel (192kHz) - 24.5Mbps
Dolby Digital - 5.1 - 640kbps
Dolby Digital Plus - 7.1 - 4.736Mbps
Dolby Lossless - 8 channel (48kHz & 96kHz) and 6 channel (192kHz) - 18.64Mbps
LPCM - 8 channel (48kHz & 96kHz) and 6 channel (192kHz) - 27.648Mbps
And that concludes the list.
So basically, to highlight a few points:
-DTS will still rule when it comes to sound quality and performance, due to their higher bitrate (as opposed to Dolby; it strikes me as strange that Dolby didn't make their specs higher than DTS, as they are rivals with DTS Entertainment. Huh)
-Dolby now introduces a frequency higher than 48kHz for the first time in any of their codecs and products (previously, the only frequencies for encoding were 32, 44.1 and 48 kHz)
-These will be backwards compatible with current home theatre systems by special down-conversion, so as to not turn people off (who don't want to end up buying a whole new system all over again)
And how this could apply to Queen is that, since Blu-Ray is almost ready to come out later this year, Brian and Justin Shirley-Smith could mix their future 5.1 surround sound releases in even higher definition, and not just that, but also in 7.1 too, which would personally excite me.
And not just that, but along with DTS, they COULD also employ the Dolby Digital Plus and the Dolby Lossless codec options as well, so that people WON'T have to gripe about not being able to play their DVD's because of lack of Dolby Digital options.
Of course, at the same time, since we KNOW how much Queen Productions like to recycle things over and over again, they could, while they're at it, re-releas