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Old 5th February 2008, 02:37 AM   #1
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Default how to get best "radio", from PC-amp-speaker

I enjoy my music from FLAC files of my CD collection, but I want some more variety of music.

I can get FM music and am reluctant to spend $ on outside antenna due to limited inherent fidelity. Tried 128-256bit internet radio but am not impressed. Cox cable TV radio section also does not seem hi-fi (but only played thru HDTV).

Is there a way to get a good "radio" perhaps with use of PC, etc.

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Old 5th February 2008, 04:55 AM   #2
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Hi,

Streaming "radio" is hideous quality. I was very dissappointed even with the "Hi-Def" streams

Weather you use a radio PC card or tuner, you will need either a cable connection (if your cable provider supplies FM on its pipes) or an external antenna.

In some cases an external antenna can be better, depending on the quality of the cable provider's signal and channel assignment.

Tuner quality is important too. PC tuning cards are not classic Technics or Marantz analog tuners in quality.

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Old 5th February 2008, 05:20 AM   #3
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Most cheap TV cards for the PC have FM reception...
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XM radio any better?

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Old 6th February 2008, 12:28 AM   #5
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XM radio any better?

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Sound is equal to a 256K CBR .mp3 by my ears. I can hear nasty aliasing on songs with heavy cymbal work.
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Sound is equal to a 256K CBR .mp3 by my ears. I can hear nasty aliasing on songs with heavy cymbal work.
That's better than the new "HD Radio" format that many stations boadcast now at 96kb/s.

How do they consider 96kb/s to be "High Definition".
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is the tuner with outside FM antenna for the best choice? (with inherent limitation).

I am basically interested in next best fidelity from CD.

Anyone listen to yahoo radio (launch) at high fidelity setting?

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I'm not sure what kind of music your looking for, but the radio station KEXP has a 1.4Mbps uncompressed stream. On their main page in the upper left next to "Listen Live" click the small "players/1.4mb" link.
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I'm not sure what kind of music your looking for, but the radio station KEXP has a 1.4Mbps uncompressed stream. On their main page in the upper left next to "Listen Live" click the small "players/1.4mb" link.

thanks, seems to be pretty clear, not my kind of music, prefer smooth jazz, but thanks.

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Old 6th February 2008, 07:53 AM   #10
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thanks, seems to be pretty clear, not my kind of music, prefer smooth jazz, but thanks.

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Try the stream from KWJZ.com

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