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BBC to add HD Radio

It was reported in the Daily Telegraph today that BBC Radio 3 will be available as a 320kbps AAC stream from December.

This follows the very successful trial during the Proms

More BBC stations to follow in the new year evidently

And here is a link explaining, in a bit more technical depth, about the Proms experimental streams

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 hopefully BBC 6 Music and maybe 256kbps for Radio 4 and 7 we don’t need DAB at all.

The BBC are looking for feedback on this short term trial for the last week of the Proms, so don’t delay.

New Naim UnitiServe

May 6 2010 High-End Show, MOC, Munich. Two, very successful — as evidenced by the recent Queen’s Award for Enterprise — years on from Naim’s launch of the standard-setting award-winning HDX hard disk player, Naim is launching UnitiServe a compact digital audio player and server.

Deliveries will begin July 2010.

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Multi-award-winning Naim HDX gets SLC SSD

May 6 2010 High-End Show, MOC, Munich. Naim confirms, in an aggregate of abbreviations, that the multi-award-winning Naim HDX is to be offered with a 16GB Enterprise grade, Single Level Cell (SLC), Solid State Drive (SSD). This totally silent drive will contain the operating system and includes space for future upgrades. This and the performance upgrades are an upgrade option for existing HDX owners.

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Times Online reports younger music fans deaf

The Times Online reported recently that younger music fans are beginning to prefer the sound of MP3s to better quality sound.

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Jonathan Berger, Professor of Music at Stanford University, California has theorised that young people are getting used to the sound of MP3s to the point where they are beginning to prefer the  sound. For the past eight years his students have taken part in an experiment in which they listen to songs in a variety of different forms, including MP3s. “I found not only that MP3s were not thought of as low quality, but over time there was a rise in preference for MP3s” Professor Berger said.

Professor Berger says that the (presumably lower bit rate) digitising process leaves music with a “sizzle” or a metallic sound.

Google let me down when I was searching for the original paper or quote from JB.  Just wonder if he actually said MP3 as most iPods are loaded with AACs?  However, does it matter? At 128kbs both sound pretty rough.

Seems us older music fans should play as  much vinyl as possible.