BBC Proms 2016 in surround sound


Tonight sees the First Night of the BBC Proms 2016, with music from Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Prokofiev.

As usual, it is available in the UK via radio, TV and the online iPlayer service. There is also an online surround feed. This provides a 320 kbps link in 4-channel surround and is higher quality than the usual FM and DAB channels.

We experimented with the surround feed during the 2015 Proms. Our set up consisted of a pair of Jordan Aurora 800s for front channels and Eikona Reflex 7s for the rear.

The signal was fed from the Chrome browser (recommended by the BBC) on a desktop computer via HDMI to a good quality AV receiver. Despite the modest amplification, the sound quality was stunningly good. The surround effect was particularly striking during the interval. Whereas the normal FM/DAB/iPlayer feed is switched back to the studio, the surround feed mics remained live, giving a tremendous sense of the atmosphere in the Albert Hall.

The unbeatable coherence of the Jordan full-range approach helps enormously, with no unwanted phase anomalies to reduce the quality of the listening experience.

Tune in to the BBC Proms and give surround a try. We’ll be interested to hear what you think of it.

This link will take you straight to the Proms surround feed which includes a link to surround FAQs.

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