Originally Posted by Hayate Kurogane
I understand why the knee-jerk, principled reaction to Aniplex not including the 5.1 English audio for Read or Die, or not including the 5.1 English audio for Baccano!, is one of negativity and disappointment. But I can't really find it in myself to be that upset about it when those elements are of questionable benefit as they exist, and can be reproduced on the spot to about the same level of quality with a piece of equipment many of us already have in our homes.
Agreed wholeheartedly on everything except your mention of Read or Die. The lack of 5.1 for the OVAs is no real loss as the 5.1 tracks on Manga's disc are definitely upmixes (and not very good ones at that-- I wonder what you analysis of Manga's 5.1 upmixing would be like) but I still think we're missing out on ROD the TV. The Japanese/English 5.1 audio on Geneon sound like the real thing, and Pioneer/Geneon rarely if ever did 5.1 upmixing. And then there's the 384kbps encode on the English mixes, but that's a slightly different discussion.