BA introduces surround sound on long-haul flights

Passengers flying long-haul with British Airways (BA) using either their own headphones or those offered by the airline will now hear 3D surround sound when watching Hollywood films using the in-flight entertainment (IFE) system.
“3D 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,” explained Richard D’Cruze, BA’s IFE manager. “We’re always looking for new ways to make flying with BA even better so when we heard about 3D sound, we were determined to bring this latest innovation to our customers.”
3D takes the original 5.1 surround sound mix and creates a stereo encode which can be used on any IFE system, making it sound as though the action is happening all around the passenger.
The first movies to feature 3D surround sound on BA flights are Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. While not every movie is adapted to the new technology, BA plans to add more films with 3D sound in the coming months.
British Airways has also started to roll out a new range of headphones for customers in every cabin offering better sound reproduction and greater reliability. Passengers in First, Club World and World Traveller Plus will benefit from improved noise cancelling technology, while those flying in World Traveller can use new silicone tipped earbuds which they can take home with them.

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