back to article ITU rubber-stamps '3D' audio format

Big-screen TV fans – actually, vendors and media outfits – will be celebrating at the prospect of yet another audio standard. The ITU has given clear-for-takeoff to the new standard, ITU-R BS.2088-0, which glories in the title “Long-form file format for the international exchange of audio programme materials with metadata”. …

  1. Terje

    I may be missing something here but did they actually specify an uncompressed format?

    1. Warm Braw Silver badge

      >I may be missing something

      Actually, there's not much to see. It's basically an existing WAV file with some revisions to support files larger than 4GB, discrete audio snippets (object-based audio) and metadata (XML).

      It's intended for use in exchanging audio programmes between broadcasters - not for broadcasting to listeners.

    2. Trigonoceps occipitalis

      Not sure but I bet there's no oxygen in the wires.

  2. Ru'

    Surely even uncompressed,multi-channel audio requires way less bandwidth than UHDTV too.

  3. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    The new spec looks awful. Like the old QuickTime/MP4 container, it requires two passes to assemble so it can not be streamed live. It's not clear why they bothered with broadcast metadata. I also saw no mention of compression, phasing/placement metadata, and all that good stuff needed for high quality surround sound to work. Their sample has two tracks of PCM stereo plus six tracks of PCM 5.1. Ouch. That's not how 5.1 works.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Give me a mono speaker witn one driver, perhaps a Tannoy coaxial....

    1. John Robson Silver badge


      A single driver cannot be coaxial - because it has nothing to be coaxial with....

      Of course it would also be a massive compromise in terms of frequency response - a decent multiple driver coaxial mono speaker with good crossovers is a nice bit of kit though ;)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Mono

        It seems that 'driver' (in the singular) is occasionally, though wrongly, used to describe a single unit comprised of two co-axial voice coils*, possibly because Altec Lansing themselves described the combined unit as a single 'speaker'. **



        1. John Robson Silver badge

          Re: Mono

          And it is a single speaker - it just has more than one driver.

          In the same way a battery is usually composed of multiple cells.

          A disc is made of many platters.


  5. thomas k

    To be popularly known as

    Bullshit audio.

  6. Elmer Phud


    They'll all want 'Stenders, Corrie and Merde-ale in fekking 3D sound --- and t'internet will die.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yay audiovisual tech, bringing us the same worthless t**s but with higher detail!

      Yeah, first thought upon seeing this story was that my appreciation of the misery-fest that is EastEnders will be improved *immeasurably* when I can hear their shouting-masquerading-as-serious-drama/acting from behind me as well. Just like my enjoyment of Jeremy Kyle will be infinitely more when I can see the pimple on the face of the participant being held back by security in glorious 4K.

      And Michael Bay's next film on super-duper-ultra-139TB-Gamma-Ray disc will impressively sear my corneas because of its overuse of the dynamic range gimmick, rather than simply because it was filmed and edited to look like a disjointed f*****g mess as is presently the case.

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  8. Tromos


    Long-form file format for the international exchange of audio programme materials with metadata

    International? What if I just want to use it locally?

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: Useless

      What, you mean subtitles for the heathens in the next village?

  9. Newsman2015

    Umm... this sounds like plain old surround sound to me. What's new here?

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