Sky Arts 2 is currently showing recent (2011ish) opera productions from the Met on Sunday evenings. I've recorded the first 3 (Il Trovatore, Don Carlo and La Fanciulla del West) but so far have only had the chance to watch Act 1 of Il Trovatore. I've recorded off the HD channel with surround sound. So far I have found the sound quality to be rather unsatisfactory: inconsistent, occasionally occluded and with odd balance. I have reasonably good equipment (an Arcam processor and B&W satellite speakers), and other HD surround programmes sound fine on it. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Should I perhaps forget the surround sound on this occasion and take it in stereo? If the rest of the broadcasts are like this I may decide not to waste my time or my disc space, and delete the lot.
Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.