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I finally got around to burning all the DVDs to files, so that I can get rid of all the plastic media once and for all. Most DVDs have several audio codecs available (2 channel stereo or 5.1 Dolby). I have a standard HDTV and do not have a Dolby 5.1 setup.

Should I burn the DVDs with the 2 channel stereo audio codec, given the situation? Will the audio quality be worse?

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There will be no quality loss with your current setup, but IMO you should keep the 5.1 - disk space is cheap and your player will downmix it, and you can take advantage of it if you ever do get 5.1-channel audio hardware.

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If you're not truly an audio buff, stick to the 2 channels. It is more than enough for your movie nights and family entertainment. There isn't really a noticeable difference.

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Yes, if it is, you will not notice the difference, as you do not have the equipment required to hear the difference.

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