PaxEx: British Airways Introduces 3D Surround Movie Sound
British Airways has introduced super surround sound to top Hollywood blockbusters on its long-haul flights. This advance in technology means that anyone flying in any cabin, using either their own headphones or those offered by British Airways, can hear the amazing new 3-D surround sound.
The first movies to use the high-tech audio tracks on the airline’s flights are Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Guy Ritchie’s retro-hit, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Richard D’Cruze, British Airways’ in-flight entertainment manager said: “3-D surround sound adds a whole new dimension to watching your favourite movie, giving greater depth which really immerses you in the action and unfolding drama.
3-D audio is achieved by taking the original 5.1 surround sound mix and creating a stereo encode which can be used on any in-flight entertainment system. Using any pair of headphones it gives customers an immersive audio experience where the action appears to sound as though it’s happening all around them.
While not every movie will be adapted to the new technology, British Airways plans to add more films with 3-D sound to flights over the coming months.