MindCandy Volume 3’s First Review
Posted by Trixter on November 30, 2011
Blu-ray.com gave MindCandy Volume 3 a Recommended rating with 4 out of 5 stars, and I couldn’t be happier. I really respect blu-ray.com’s reviews for their specific coverage of picture quality, sound quality, and extras — the things that blu-ray massively improves on over DVD — so getting a good rating from them means a lot to me. Picture Quality got a 5 out of 5, of course :-)
One of the things we got dinged on was the audio rating (3 out of 5), not because the sound was bad, but because the audio tracks weren’t lossless. I agree lossless audio would have been best, but we couldn’t use lossless because of a technical limitation in Adobe Encore. Encore had trouble dealing with .wav files over 2gig, which was the original RIFF .WAV format’s limitation (the W64 and RF64 extensions to .wav have overcome this, but Encore doesn’t support them). At 3.5 hours of stereo audio @ 48KHz @ 24-bit resolution, a lossless track is 3.6gig. I ran into odd random problems trying to use lossless 24-bit audio, but had no problems at all using Dolby AC3 audio. So I chose the devil I knew.