Originally Posted by mhunt13
Just want to be sure I'm hearing the audio properly on Peoria OTA stations ....
I get 5.1 channel audio on 31.1 (CBS) and 43.1 (FOX), I have noticed only 2 channel audio on all the other stations. I think 19.1 (ABC) had 5.1 audio a ways back, but have since stopped. Of course, the 5.1 audio is on the network programs only.
I run my audio through a 5.1 Sony AVR, so do like the nice sound when it happens.
Anyone have a different audio experience??
i can't look right now, but as far as local programming goes, it doesn't matter.
31 and 43 are not 5.1 native, they just take the 2.0 or 1.0 audio and funnel it through a matrixer to create fake 5.1, or funnel it to the audio encoder that is set to output 5.1 channels, filling the other 3.1 with nothing. i've found the matrixing problematic as sometimes it doens't switch off for the network feeds which means you don't get real 5.1 from the network - WBUI out of Decatur was that way for a while.
and i almost guarantee there is not local HD, just digital widescreen, which will be an improvement from the old analog 4:3 source, espcially if the station had to upgrade all of master control from the stone ages. we'll see more HD as the major market channels dump their old HD gear to upgrade and we either pick it up, or it lowers the prices on the low end via competition.