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How to Convert MKV DTS Soundtrack to AC3


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Are you annoyed at MKV with DTS (Digital Theater Systems) audio that cannot be played on your Samsung smart TV, LG smart TV or Apple TV? Do you want to play MKV video with DTS surround sound on media players like VLC, Windows Media Player and QuickTime player? Do you want to convert MKV DTS to MKV AC3 and keep 5.1 channels? If yes, just follow this article to convert MKV DTS to AC3/AAC with the best DTS to AC3 Converter.

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Part 1 Quick Guide - Convert MKV with DTS to AC3

Step 1. Import MKV DTS files

Click the "Add Files" button to browse your computer and select the target MKV DTS files. Click Open to import it to the program.

Add Media Files

Step 2. Choose output format

Since you only need to change DTS audio to AC3, you can still save your video in MKV format but set AC3 as its audio codec.

To choose MKV as output format, please go to "Output format" > "Format" > "Video" and choose MKV.

Select MKV as Output Format

To change DTS to AC3, please click the "Settings" button in the right corner and then set Audio Encoder as AC-3. If you want to convert DTS to AC3 5.1 channel, just change the channel to "6".

Select AC3 Audio Encoder

Select 5.1 Channel

Step 3. Convert MKV DTS to AC3

Click the "Convert" button to start converting DTS to AC3. The time of the process is dependent on how large your files are. If they are large, you can let the program run in the background, so you can do other jobs with no distractions.

When it is done, click "Open Folder" and transfer the files to your TV for playback.

Convert DTS to AC3



Part 2 Differences between DTS and AC3

What is AC3?

AC3 stands for Audio Coding 3. It is a format created by Dolby Labs for use in a Dolby Digital audio on DVD, Blu-ray and other digital video formats. AC3 format contains up to 6 discrete sound channels. The most frequently used 5 channels are dedicated for normal-range speakers (20 to 20,000Hz) and 1 channel for low frequency (20 to 120Hz) subwoofer effect. Specifically, they are left front, right front, center, left rear, right rear and 1 ultra-low track called 5.1 channel which is the standard surround sound audio most commonly used in commercial cinemas and home theaters.

What is DTS?

The abbreviation DTS is the short form of Digital Theatre Systems. DTS, like Dolby Digital, is a lossy (compressed) surround sound format capable of discrete 5.1 and 6.1 channels of surround sound. DTS surround can flow via a standard digital cable unlike today's higher-resolution formats that require an HDMI cable.

AC3 vs DTS

Actually, the sound quality of the two more or less similar and more dependent on the output device. Many audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts argue that DTS surround sound formats can deliver higher quality sound than corresponding Dolby formats, with improved dynamic range, better subtle detail in audio content, and improved signal-to-noise ratio. Here are their main differences:

  • Sound quality of DTS is slightly better than AC3.

  • DTS is usually louder than AC3.

  • AC3 takes up much less space, but DTS is perceived by most to be higher quality.

  • AC3 is widely used as the standard sound track of DVDs, Blu-ray, HDTV programming and game consoles, but DTS is relatively limited.

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