Faux DVD-Audio Coming To United Airlines 777 Flights 
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Written by Bryan Dailey   
Tuesday, 22 October 2002

Silverline Records, Dolby Laboratories and United Airlines have teamed up this holiday season to bring 5.1 Surround Sound music to all passengers on overseas 777 flights this November and December.

Utilizing the airlines in-flight entertainment system, passengers will be able to listen to a selection of tracks from Silverline Records repertoire of DVD-Audio discs. Although the audio feed will only be a 16-bit simulation of DVD-Audio, Dolby’s Headphone technology will be used to create the surround sound effect. Dolby Headphone uses an advanced algorithm that processes multi-channel as well as two-channel content to create a surround sound listening experience with a standard pair of headphones. Dolby Headphone has been already used successfully on in-flight movies and this is the first time the technology has been used for in-flight music.

Tracks included on the "Rhythms of the World" in-flight DVD-Audio program are "Small Axe" and "Don't Rock The Boat," by Bob Marley and The Wailers, Ziroq’s "Que Pena," and "Tierra Del Sur," The Dubliners’ "The Wild Rover." Other tracks include Ken Boothe’s "It's Gonna Take A Miracle," the Wailing Souls’ "Face The Devil," and Astrud Gilberto "Gingele."

Critics to this out of the box marketing idea say that downconverting 24 bit surround sound music to 16 bit stereo isn't exactly giving the listeners the best example of what DVD-Audio can do. Perhaps Silverline might want to offer a sampler disc for people to take home with them and play on their DVD-Video players so they can hopefully hear 24 bit audio and or lossy compression 5.1 surround sound. It will make for a far more impressive demonstration.

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