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Old 11th October 2013, 06:41 PM   #21
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Sweeeeet. Now, where do we get 24 bit 16K FLAC files?
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Old 11th October 2013, 07:13 PM   #22
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About FM.... forgotten pretty much.... However, I use it as background during the day and still some nice programming going on... because music is still an interest.. even for FM listeners. I use XM and other new wireless also. So I can listen all day .. then when I want to hear something in particular, like a favotite song, I go to the other sources.... internet HD downloads etc.

I recently picked up a few FM tuners to put around the place here... such as the garage where I do several things - including playing pool. The era of super FM tuners are in the past but you can get them for excellent prices on e-bay, for example.

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I did the same. Picked up two Kenwood 880D's and a Techniques. I found a gentleman in NC ( The Analog Store of all names) who still knows how to do a proper alignment. They all beat my ST-7 Nak. I wake up to FM. FM in the car. Fios for background when i get home. All the WEB stuff is too much of as pain. I want to just turn it on. not wake it up, log in, find a station, set a genre......

HDFM seems to be gone. Can't buy a tuner any more. I suspect XM forced the issue in car radios so it died. SACD is all but gone. Priced themselves out of the market. I do hear rumors of a real effort for BD music. No special $1000 players. That might make it.
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Classical FM on a hi-fi still sounds good. It certainly is a way to get acquainted with the style and the composers.
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Old 12th October 2013, 12:57 AM   #25
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Sweeeeet. Now, where do we get 24 bit 16K FLAC files?
I think here.

https://www.hdtracks.com/
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Old 12th October 2013, 03:23 AM   #26
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Perhaps one day sound quality of such systems would be acceptable, but it has a long way to go. No matter how good technology gets, a shorter signal path and a dedicated power supply would always be superior as components are the same and the mass market stuff is always of lower quality. I doubt this would be forgone, people still use turntables today and there is a reason why.
Agreed . Personally ,I have no problem with people eating junk food and listening to junk music on junk systems. It's always their problem not mine. Too bad that vinyl got in vogue recently . Now, I have to compete with vampire movie watchers who suddenly got the urge to try another drug... to appear cool.
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Old 12th October 2013, 03:28 AM   #27
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Classical FM on a hi-fi still sounds good. It certainly is a way to get acquainted with the style and the composers.
Actually it's best quality source available today. Supremely musical, but you have to have decent tuner and antenna. Far better than SACD
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Much thanks Stuey.
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Old 13th October 2013, 12:48 PM   #29
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Actually it's best quality source available today. Supremely musical, but you have to have decent tuner and antenna. Far better than SACD
Please explain when 99.9% of the FM broadcast comes off a CD-stored on music servers and served out of a computer mixed with the local adds and the "local" DJ sitting in an office pretending to be local for 10 or more stations. Much of it is far worse as the recordings are old. We still get a lot of old records played here. Unfortunately, musicality and recording quality are often inversely proportional.

Is that high quality you speak of just the DJ at the mic?

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Heh, luckily we're miles behind, then: FM stations here still flourish and they hire their own DJ's (creating juicy stories for the tabloids when they sign up with a competing station ).

But the decline/demise of FM radio isn't the end of the home stereo system; 5/6/7.1 surround is.
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