Created in 1993 for the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film Jurassic Park, DTS
surround sound quickly made its way onto Laserdiscs and then ultimately to DVD in the mid-1990s as a popular alternative to Dolby Digital. 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.
DTS was the audiophile’s choice for music surround sound in the pre-DVD-Audio days. DTS Entertainment, the company’s own record label, licensed many music titles, but Napster-inspired fears of piracy of higher-resolution music made getting A-list records nearly impossible. Ultimately, DTS turned its attention away from selling and promoting music.