Is pirate radio helping DAB?

BBC Radio 4 FM on a portable radio around here is spoilt by breakthrough from a pirate which I think is called Riddim Radio. RR appears to be spilling out everywhere and it sounds somewhat overmodulated. I complained by the BBC website expecting an email or a call in response but basically nothing than the standard reply stating I might not get a reply.

I know this is a bit conspiracy theory like, but pirate radio must be pushing more people to DAB. So it makes sense that the BBC or whoever is now responsible – is it OFCOM? – don’t bother to shut down the pirates.

Didn’t work with me; I bought a internet radio, a lovely Squeezebox Radio, which was installed in minutes. It gives me access to Radio 4 via iPlayer at a decent bit rate – 128kbps AAC – access to Radio Paradise and other great internet radio stations and all my stored music.

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Ticket rip-off?

I’ve just received my tickets to see The Gaslight Anthem at Southampton Guildhall. Three good value tickets at £16.50 standing turn out to be not so good value after the £8.25 service charge and the £3.25 processing fee has been added. How is it acceptable for the extra costs just to buy three tickets to be over 23%? I’m not sure if the extra 23% goes to Southampton Guildhall, Live Nation or Ticketmaster .co.uk but whichever they should be embarrassed by the lack of transparency, the rip-off nature of the style of advertising.

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Naim adds to Ovator range with S-400

Naim today launched the Ovator S-400 loudspeaker the smaller sibling to the first in the Ovator series, the S-600. The design brief of the S-400 was simple: To take all the elements of the S-600 loudspeaker and to produce a smaller model more suited to smaller rooms but which would not compromise the essential musical communication of the S-600.

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Chord Company adds Ethernet to Award Winning SuperShield

The Chord Company has added Ethernet capability plus an optimised audio return connection to its multi-award winning SuperShield HDMI cable. It will come as no surprise that the all new cable is now called: the Chord SuperShield High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet.

Chord SuperShield High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet is available in 1, 2 and 3-metre lengths.

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BBC Radio 3 Trials 320kbps AAC Stream

A post on the Naim Forum alerted me to this important BBC trial. How had I missed the announcements? I’d be interested in knowing where the announcements of this trial were made.

Here is the key BBC Blog and here is more information.

I’ve also found that Triode has already updated his wonderful BBCi Player Plugin for the Squeezebox to allow access to this feed.

Please try it, the quality is wonderful. With this quality for Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music and maybe 256kbps for Radio 4 and 7 we don’t need DAB at all.

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New Naim NDX high-end network player

Naim today launched the NDX: Naim’s first dedicated network player. Designed and engineered to integrate into Naim’s range at a similar quality level as Naim’s innovative multi-award-winning HDX hard disk player and CDX2 the top selling high-end CD player, the NDX is performance upgradeable in stages as the owner demands.

The NDX is performance upgradeable by the addition of a XPS or PS 555 power supply and/or Naim DAC.

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