The DTS Neo:6 Surround Sound Processing Format

DTS Neo:6: What it is and how to use it

DTS Neo:6 is a surround sound rendering format designed to enhance the listening experience in a home theater environment. When playing a CD, record or DVD containing a soundtrack that provides only two channels of information, DTS Neo:6 can expand the sound field to 6.1 channels.

What is DTS Neo:6?

Unlike DTS Digital Surround and Dolby Digital, which must be encoded and present in the source material, DTS Neo:6 is a post-processing format. Therefore, it does not need to be encoded in any particular way before it can be decoded to extract the correct channel assignments for the audio mix.

Instead, DTS Neo:6 uses a special chip built into most 5.1- or 7.1-channel home theater receivers to analyze all audio cues from an unencoded two-channel soundtrack mix (usually an analog source). It then distributes the audio elements as precisely as possible into the 6-channel home theater speaker setup.

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How does DTS Neo:6 work?

Typically, a DTS Neo:6 speaker configuration includes six channels (front left, center, front right, surround left, rear center and surround right) and a subwoofer.

If you have a 5.1-channel speaker setup, the processor automatically doubles the sixth channel (centre rear) on the left and right surround speakers so you don’t miss any sound.

If you have a 7.1-channel speaker setup, DTS Neo:6 treats the left and right channels as one, so that the same audio information comes from both speakers.

DTS Neo Cinema and Music Modes

In addition to its channel distribution capabilities, DTS Neo:6 offers two audio listening modes: Music and Cinema. Music mode provides a smooth surround effect suitable for music. Cinema mode facilitates a distinctive surround effect suitable for movies.

DTS Neo:6 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc players

DTS Neo:6 surround sound processing is also available on select DVD and Blu-ray Disc players. If this option is selected, a compatible DVD or Blu-ray player can internally post-process an audio signal from a DVD or CD in DTS Neo:6 format. It can then send this signal to a home theater receiver without any additional action from the receiver.

To provide this option, the Blu-ray Disc player must have a set of multi-channel analog audio outputs. The home theater receiver must have a corresponding set of multi-channel analog inputs. To enable DTS Neo:6, search for this option on your home theater receiver, Blu-ray or DVD player and select Movie or Music mode.

For more details on DTS Neo:6 options for a particular DVD, Blu-ray or Ultra HD disc player, see the user manual.

DTS Neo:6 vs. Dolby Prologic II and IIx

DTS Neo:6 isn’t the only audio processing format that can extract a surround sound field from a two-channel source. Dolby Prologic II can expand a two-channel source to a 5.1-channel sound field and Dolby Prologic IIx can expand a two-channel or 5.1-channel source to 7.1 channel. If your home theater receiver or Blu-ray Disc player includes DTS Neo:6 or Dolby Prologic II/IIx audio processing options, check out all the options and see what you think.

DTS Neo:6 and Dolby Prologic II/IIx can create an impressive surround sound experience. However, they are not as accurate as a 5.1/7.1 channel Dolby Digital/DTS Digital Surround source designed to be decoded. However, these formats allow you to listen to your old records or CDs in an expanded surround sound field.

If you’re an audio connoisseur, you may prefer to listen to music in its native two-channel format, but you can still enjoy your old movies in surround sound on VHS, TV and DVD.


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The DTS Neo:6 Surround Sound Processing Format

DTS Neo:6: What It Is and How to Use It

DTS Neo:6 is a surround sound processing format designed to enhance the listening experience in a home theater environment. When playing a CD, vinyl record, or a DVD with a soundtrack that only provides two channels of information, DTS Neo:6 can expand the sound field to 6.1 channels.

What Is DTS Neo:6?

Unlike DTS Digital Surround and Dolby Digital, which need to be encoded and present in the source material, DTS Neo:6 is a post-processing format. Therefore, it doesn’t need to be encoded in a specific manner so that it can be decoded to extract the correct channel assignments for the sound mix.

Instead, DTS Neo:6 uses a special chip that’s built into most 5.1 or 7. 1 channel home theater receivers to analyze all the sonic cues of a non-encoded two-channel soundtrack mix (usually from an analog source). It then distributes the sound elements into a 6-channel home theater speaker setup as accurately as possible.

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Normally, a DTS Neo:6 speaker setup includes six channels (left-front, center, right-front, left-surround, center-back, and right-surround) and a subwoofer.

If you have a 5.1 channel speaker setup, the processor automatically folds the sixth channel (center-back) into the left and right surround speakers so that you don’t miss any sounds.

If you have a 7.1 channel speaker setup, DTS Neo:6 treats the left-back and right-back channels as one, so the same sound information comes from both speakers.

DTS Neo Cinema and Music Modes

In addition to its channel distribution capabilities, DTS Neo:6 provides two sound listening modes: Music and Cinema. The Music mode provides a subdued surround effect that’s suitable for music. Cinema mode facilitates a pronounced surround effect that is suitable for movies.

DTS Neo:6 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Players

DTS Neo:6 surround sound processing is also available on some DVD and Blu-ray Disc players. If this option is selected, a compatible DVD or Blu-ray player can post-process an audio signal from a DVD or CD internally into the DTS Neo:6 format. It can then send that signal to a home theater receiver without the receiver having to do any additional processing.

To provide this option, the Blu-ray Disc player must have a set of multichannel analog audio outputs. The home theater receiver must have the corresponding set of multichannel analog inputs. To activate DTS Neo:6, look for that option in your home theater receiver, Blu-ray, or DVD player, and select either the Movie or Music mode.

For more details on the DTS Neo:6 options for a specific DVD, Blu-ray, or Ultra HD disc player, consult the user manual.
DTS Neo:6 vs. Dolby Prologic II and IIx

DTS Neo:6 isn’t the only audio processing format that can extract a surround sound field from a two-channel source. Dolby Prologic II can expand a two-channel source into a 5.1 channel sound-field, and Dolby Prologic IIx can expand a two or 5.1 channel source to 7.1 channels. If your home theater receiver or Blu-ray Disc player includes a DTS Neo:6 or Dolby Prologic II/IIx sound processing options, check out all the options and see what you think.

DTS Neo:6 and Dolby Prologic II/IIx can create an effective surround sound experience. However, these aren’t as accurate as a 5.1/7.1 channel Dolby Digital/DTS Digital Surround source that is designed to be decoded. Nonetheless, these formats allow you to listen to your old vinyl records or CDs in an expanded surround sound field.

If you’re an audio purist, you may prefer listening to music in its natural two-channel form, but you can still enjoy your old VHS, TV, and DVD movies in surround sound.

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