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Naim launches streaming preamplifier – NAC-N 172 XS

NAC-N 172 XS the first network enabled streaming preamp from Naim. The ideal starting point for audiophile streaming: flexibility and performance in a slimline package.

The NAC-N 172 XS is Naim’s new network-connected streaming preamplifier, combining the convenience and choice of the streaming revolution with traditional Naim engineering techniques. The NAC-N 172 XS is a network player and preamplifier in one. It adds a new type of streaming device to Naim’s product portfolio.

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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.

Squeezebox Radio

Squeezebox Radio - internet radio definitely not DAB

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.

It sounds great, a nice tone as my parent used to say and is easy to use.  The one downside is the crazily high priced battery pack with remote control pack available as an accessory.  However I’ve found a website with advice on how to make one so I’ll do that if I ever get some spare time.

Win a NaimUniti System with Radio Paradise

During the month of October 2009 Radio Paradise www.radioparadise.com (one of the most popular internet radio stations in the world) is running a promotion where one lucky listener can win a NaimUniti all-in-one audio player and a pair of Naim n-SAT speakers.

Radio Paradise (RP) is a commercial-free listener-supported radio station.  Listeners supporting the station during October are automatically entered into the draw to win the NaimUniti and n-SAT speakers.

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FIP Radio

Can’t take any credit for finding this station as it was a suggestion from Paul Messenger.
FIP is a somewhat idiosyncratic radio station also available on the interweb. Only 128kbs mp3 but it doesn’t sound too bad at all.

Good music without too much talking and not that distracting for me anyway, as I don’t understand French

www.radiofrance.fr

Radio Paradise

I’ve become a bit obsessed with Internet radio station Radio Paradise www.radioparadise.com recently.
It seems to be a smallish operation, almost family run. What they do well besides play great music is have style.
Go visit their website and have a look around. See how the playlist links so well to Amazon in whichever country flavour you fancy.
It’s a listener supported station, so no ads, but of course that means they are looking for contributions from listeners.
The music is mainly what the music industry used to call Adult Orientated Rock by the way.
I have to say that I like almost everything they play even though I haven’t heard more than 50% before.

And did I tell you about the 128k AAC and 192k mp3 streams as well as the standard 128k mp3.

I prefer the sound of the 128k AAC stream – it’s remarkably good sound quality for a internet radio station.

I’d be interested in your views