Yes, that is one Baaad Boy !!
There is also a 4-bay unit that would be bad mutha!
I was considering it, but I really didn't have the room for it in that part of the attic, and it was a lot more money, so I went with the 2-bay unit.
Ideally, I would mount an antenna with higher elevation, and have it motorized, so that I could pull in -all- of the low power stations, as they broadcast from the East and the West...
In my case, my main goal was to pull in NFL games, and I could do that by pointing the antenna at the clump of towers in Needham Heights near Boston. It also meant I had all the major networks covered. There is one local station I would like to have picked up that is in a different direction, but it's not worth it for me to get a rotator. Them's the breaks.
As for sound, I too usually just go for stereo, but there are sometimes a few shows that actually mix their 5.1 where it sounds very good. I'm amazed at how good the "THX" ad on some of my DVDs sounded, but then, the 5.1 on the actual film sorta sucked...
When I'm watching a Sports broadcast, I just play with all of the sound options, until I find the one that best delivers the announcers voice. over all of the other "sounds" they're broadcasting...
Yeah the problem with surround sound is, it introduced myriad failures into normal stereo. Overall it is bad for sound. If correctly decoded and played back, it can be a positive. But that is a tiny minority of the viewership. And probably decreasing. I think home theater may be dying in general.
The death of home theater is an interesting topic, perhaps worth its own thread
In my case, I have heard surround sound in a few friend's homes, and just don't like the effect. I guess I don't like being startled by sounds jumping out of the wall behind me. The rumbling of the sub-woofer can be useful but it seems either the media we were watching over-used this effect, or the systems were set up in a way that over-emphasized the sub-woofer. In the ideal world it would be less apparent than it ended up being. In this case the effect was so apparent that my brain said, 'oh that's the sub-woofer kicking in' and just tuned it out. In effect it was a needless add-on rather than a well integrated element of the experience.
Home theater works well when you are doing "appointment viewing" but seems to me to be overkill for the causal viewing that most of us do. I suppose if we all had the money for a separate theater room only used for such appointment viewing it would be a big win, but few of us can dedicate space for that purpose. Besides as human animals we do like to see others reactions to things so going to an actual theater is nice.
The only part of me that misses surround sound is that a few of the classic albums of the 70s have been remastered in 5.1 and I would like to hear them in that environment, but beyond that, I think I'm fine with good old stereo.