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19th June 2006 17:10  #1

Kozinski Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 235
Freeview 5.1?
Hey chaps this is with regards to UK.

Does anyone know of any 5.1 or Dolby Surround Freeview Digital Set top boxes?

Would love to get one, but have turned up no concrete answers on the web.

Cheers

19th June 2006 17:32  #2

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
I think the more specialist brands like Humax do them.

That said, I don't think any channel broadcasts on Freeview in 5.1. The whole system is so full to bursting point that broadcasters are paying as much as £20 million per channel per year even for the low quality streams.

19th June 2006 18:06  #3

Kozinski Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 235
I didn't think any broadcast in 5.1 yet - do they do it in surround though? i.e. 4.0?

19th June 2006 18:38  #4

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Yes, I think they use Dolby Surround, although bear in mind, if you are moving from analogue and are used to Nicam stereo then you may notice that audio quality is actually lower on Freeview.

19th June 2006 19:34  #5

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
I'm pretty sure the best you get is stereo but if you've got an amp that'll do Dolby Pro-Logic II, it'll do a decent job of converting the stereo feed into a surround mix.  I've got my freeview box connected to the surround and the footie sounds best on it - commentary through the front and crowd noise at the sides.

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