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In Reply to: RE: HD Radio? posted by texanater on February 24, 2017 at 06:49:44
I'm also in Houston, and it is too bad we don't have a classical FM station with good audio quality anymore.
"HD" radio does not stand for "high definition" as most people would think, it stands for "hybrid digital", a way to shoehorn more channels into what used to be allocated for one analog FM broadcast station.
If you look at the classical stream on KUHF HD2, it says it is streaming at 128kb, not the highest fidelity. The old analog FM broadcast had superior audio quality, if you were in a location to get it noise and multipath free.
There are better quality streams available, once you are equipped for internet radio, as well as the free or paid music services (Pandora, Spotify, TIDAL, etc).
I have an old Logitech Squeezebox 'Classic' that I am not using, if you would be interested. It can receive internet radio and Pandora, but not Rhapsody/Napster, Spotify or TIDAL. I replaced it with a Denon HEOS Link, which can receive all of those plus it has better sound from it's internal DAC. For both devices, I use the digital outputs to an external DAC, but the HEOS Link internal DAC is good enough that it can sound fine by itself.
So are you saying the digital signal coming from the classical HD station here in Houston is 128kpbs or that streaming it from the internet is 128kpbs?
I'm sending you a PM about the squeeze box. I may be interested.
You can't cheat an honest man, never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump -- W.C. Fields
The signal as received on my end (over the internet)is 128kb/sec. That also means the signal placed on the internet by the station is 128 kb/sec.
I assume the over-the-air HD radio signal is the same bitrate, but haven't verified this.
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