Re: Internet radio - first impressions
- From: "Nigel Cliffe" <me@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 07:31:56 +0100
DAB sounds worse than FM wrote:
I treated myself to an Internet radio last week.
There is a choice of about 7,700 stations worldwide. Bitrate seems
to vary from about 30 kbps to 128 kbps. This is not MP2 - either
Real or WMA so not numerically comparable with DAB. Sound quality
is pretty good and the good stations sound better than DAB. A
feature I did not expect is that were a station offers a 'listen
again' option you can access these directly on the radio.
Care to comment on the audio quality of listen-again features, particularly
BBC output ?
I would certainly recommend Internet radio for anyone interested in
listening to obscure and distant statiions.
Or for people that want higher audio quality, ....
I would qualify that statement quite carefully as "potentially higher audio
quality, depending on the quality of the source transmission".
I've been contemplating getting an Internet Radio myself. But, its main use
would be convinient access to BBC Listen-Again feeds.
I've been trying them with the home computers feeding into my HiFi systems
and haven't been particularly impressed; on listen-again music is muffled
and lacking in dynamics and precision (eg. Radio 2 Fairport Convention
I've been listening using both a 1 year old Toshiba laptop via WiFi, and a
Shuttle SB51 (2.4Mhz Pentium 4). My broadband is a solid 4Mbits. The Hifi
systems are either AudioLab A8000 + Monitor Audio speakers, or Creek 4040 +
Gale Gold speakers (ie. decent mid-range from some time back). The sound is
pretty much the same, indifferently poor quality, through any combination.
I'd need some convincing to spend over £100 on a radio to get that
indifferent quality of sound.
A similarly priced alternative, for me, would be a DTT hard disc recording
box, and set it to record any BBC radio output that I might possibly want to
listen to in the next few weeks. The disc capacity for recording audio
should be many hundreds of hours on any DTT box.
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