Last night I was lying back flipping through the channels and I caught the begining of the race. No big deal, I did enjoy the pray, but it was the part after "Gentlemen Start your Engines" my surrounds leap to life, they had channeled the radio chatter of the drivers and pits to the rears and it felt like I was right in the middle of pit row. I was wondering was I the only one to experience such a thrill.
I'm just a motor/gear head and if its auto racing I'll watch it no matter the type. I watch BBC Top Gear, Motorweek, Wheeler Dealer (UK show), Overhaulin, Pimp my Ride to name a few. I was impressed with how they used (not sure if it was on purpose or not) surround mix to have the radio chatter filter that way, I have used handheld HT's most of my life and when it first came across my rears I quickly reach along my hip, thinking I forgot to turn in my radio from work. Thats how loud and clear it came out.
The guys at work go to the two Dover, De. races each year and they have their NASCAR headsets so they can tune in and hear what the drivers are saying. One guy also goes to the Richmond races and the Charlotte race in Oct. We would always have fun with them on Monday morning. They'd be like "hey did you see the race" and we'd be like "yeah I turned it on cause I needed a nap"
2 Channel System
Dynaudio Contour 1.8 Mk II
Pass Labs X150.5 (Amp)
Cary SLP-03 (Preamp)
Music Hall MMF 5.1 (TT)
Goldring 1012GX (Cart.)
Pro-ject SE II (Phono Box)
Rotel RCD-1072 (CD Player)
Bryston BDA-1 ( DAC )
Sennheiser HD-600 (Headphones)
Musical Fidelity Xcan V3 (Headphone Amp) _
I have noticed that a lot of your sporting events including Nascar and drag racing have adopted using surround channels as well as their HD picture and I do like it and I think its part to try to get more people to watch it if not for the love of the sport for a cool audio video experience. Nothing wrong with that and the fact that they do it to me would make it more fun and more interesting to watch. I do like to watch the All Harley drag racing event's occasionally and they will sometimes put the engine sounds or the crowd responses in the surround channels and try to make the experience like you were there, while it does not always come off accurately it is fun and a whole lot better than them just sending stereo and not trying to do anything.
yamaha htr5560 receiver (HT)
Nu Force P8 Preamp (2 channel)
Pass Labs X150.5(2 channel)
Adcom 545 mk2 power amp(rear channel amp)
Dynaudio audience 60 mains
Dayton 8" HO custom sealed subwoofer(2 channel)
Yamaha NS-c444 center channel
Emotiva ERD-1 surround speakers
JBL e250p subwoofer highly modified
Samsung 46" LED TV
OPPO BDP-83 blue ray/multi format player
ps-audio NuWave dac (2 channel)
Dell I660 music server running fidelizer windows 8 audio optimizer
PS Audio Quintet power center
One of the fastest growing areas of broadcast is surround sound. They are getting pretty clever in how they are using the soundfield for events such as NASCAR, football and basketball. Even the way they mix baseball games puts you in the center of the action.
Titan Reference 3D 1080p projector
200" SI Black Diamond II screen
Grass Valley Cell based Pro HD A/V switcher
Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 EQ module
Audyssey XT32 Sub module
9 Onkyo M-5099 power amp
9 Onkyo M-510 power amp
9 Onkyo M-508 power amp
5 custom CAL amps for subs
3 custom 3 way horn DSP hybrid monitors
14 custom 3 way horn DSP hybrid surrounds
3 custom 15" sealed FFEC servo subs
4 custom 15" H-PAS FFEC servo subs
THX Style Baffle wall
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with no judgements on the watchability of any sporting event, i will say that live events sound great in surround. some of you may remember that i embrace DYNAQUAD for surround as it works equally well (or poorly as some of you will moan) on ALL formats of audio. fm radio, LP, cd, sacd, dvda, tv sound, open reel and cassette tape, even 8track. it doesnt matter.
when NYPD Blue was on the air, it was fantastic as when they were outside, so were you-sonically as someone on their team was paying attention.
so yeah, football games, racing events, etc sound like youre out there. a great effect.