The first European-produced HD DVD will feature DTS-HD Master Audio as the exclusive lossless sound format on the disc.
The release, 2046, was presented at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival to the President of the Feature Films Jury. Laurent Villaume, CEO of QOL who replicated the disc, presented the new title to Wong Kar Wai, the director of 2046.
The audio for the 2046 HD DVD was encoded in DTS-HD Master Audio, which is DTS' newest surround sound technology extension for HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. DTS-HD Master Audio delivers sound that is bit-for-bit identical to the master soundtrack for the next generation optical disc formats, whilst being fully backward compatible with all existing DTS-capable surround sound equipment.
DTS-HD Master Audio is an option in the standards for the new Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD next generation media formats. In addition to delivering audio so pure and accurate it is identical to the master soundtrack and having 7.1-channel discrete sound capability, DTS-HD Master Audio is also compatible with existing generation equipment, and can deliver a significant increase in sound quality when consumers play the next generation discs and players through their current A/V equipment. DTS-HD Master Audio is an extension of Coherent Acoustics, which is the digital codec upon which all of DTS' audio technologies in the consumer electronics space are based, and was designed to be flexible in anticipation of future requirements and applications.