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Recommendations regarding classical music stations
« on: 10:22:55 | 16 November, 2017 »
For high-quality classical music (320kbps!) I recommend Linn Classical. I also sometimes listen to Classic FM (UK) or RTÉ Lyric (Ireland).
Radios in use: Roberts Stream 93i, Sangean WFR-29C, Technisat 450 & 520, Revo Pixis RX, Hama DIT2010, IR110 & DIR3100.

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Re: Recommendations regarding classical music stations
« Reply #1 on: 13:30:28 | 16 November, 2017 »
Just to mention some of my favourite high-quality classical stations: NPO radio 4 Concerten (192kbps), Hi On Line Radio Classic (320kbps), Klasu (320kbps), Klasu Pro (320kbps), Viva Classica (320kbps), YLE Klassinen (256kbps), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (192kbps), ČRo D-dur (224kbps).

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Re: Recommendations regarding classical music stations
« Reply #2 on: 16:02:14 | 16 November, 2017 »
The Psychomed - Audiophile

https://stream.psychomed.gr/

Nonstop music, 320kbps, 6 streams.
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Re: Recommendations regarding classical music stations
« Reply #3 on: 09:20:11 | 17 November, 2017 »
This discussion turned out to be an extremely informative topic discussion for good sources of high quality streams for classical stations, and that is really great.

I don't know how critical most of you are of the real sound quality of internet radio in general. At the current mostly MP3 digital age, society in general has been desensitized to real musical quality sound.

To my ears AAC streams in general sound a lot better than any MP3 streams. I tend to like and listen to "real radio" stations, not internet only streams. As an excellent example, please have a good listening to this amazing stream from WFNT, my favorite classical station: http://wfmt.streamguys1.com/main256.aac

I've one of my Hama DIT2010MBT connected to my old school high-end Hi-Fi stereo system, and find most MP3 streams a bit irritating, mostly for the "artifacts" at high frequency reproduction, I believe this happens mostly above 16 kHz. It's very noticeable with some voices and strings.

For further reading please have a quick look at these web pages:

https://www.diffen.com/difference/AAC_vs_MP3

I've no expertise in this field, but my ears can indeed confirm this superiority of the AAC streams. Internet radio for the last ten years was an important part of my life for the content. With my new units capable of playing these AAC+ streams, or even some FLAC streams, now I'm actually also listening for the quality of what can be received. A couple of weeks ago, JB Radio2 (not a classic station) had a fantastic FLAC stream, unfortunately it's no longer active, that stream could only be heard on my Mondo+.

https://www.winxdvd.com/resource/aac-vs-mp3.htm from this page: "It's clear that AAC file sounds much better than MP3 at the same bitrate, and until now, no MP3 file can surpass the AAC file at 256 Kbs."
« Last Edit: 14:30:02 | 17 November, 2017 by flg »
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Retired radios: Sangean WFR-1 (x2)

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Re: Recommendations regarding classical music stations
« Reply #4 on: 16:02:25 | 17 November, 2017 »
The audio quality of internet radio stations is indeed important for me. I don't have a preference for AAC or MP3, at higher bitrates both sound equally good to my (admittedly ageing) ears. What does make an audible difference, as I recently found out, is the quality of the DACs used in streaming devices.

I have a wireless "High Resolution" Sony SRS-X88 speaker featuring built-in Chromecast that allows me to cast an internet audio stream from the TuneIn app to the speaker. Additionally there is a wired connection between the Sony and a Reciva-based internet radio (an Avox TMA-1) using high-quality RCA cables. When the same station (eg. one of the high quality stations mentioned earlier in this thread) is played both on the TMA-1 and on the TuneIn app it is possible to toggle between the two sources. When audio is cast from the TuneIn app, and therefore the Sony is taking care of the digital to analog conversion, the sound quality is noticeably better (= richer) than that of the audio stream processed by the TMA-1 and fed into the Sony via RCA cables. Assuming that the effect of the RCA cables on the audio quality is negligible the obvious explanation for this difference seems to be that the Sony has a better DAC than the TMA-1.

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Re: Recommendations regarding classical music stations
« Reply #5 on: 07:26:01 | 18 November, 2017 »
Since I may have digressed, I'll attempt to bring this back to the subject of "recommendations regarding classical music stations".

Hope that it's ok to insert a quote from an unmoved post from the original topic:

Regarding the stations that I usually listen to, I can mention Otto’s Opera House, GotRadio Classical Voices, Operavore, The Opera House, Klassic Radio Opera, RAI R5 Classica, RNE Radio Clasica, Catalunya Musica, France Musique, BBC Radio 3, Venice Classic Radio, Calm Radio, Radio Swiss Classic, etc.

I do listen to several of the stations that Astur listed here.
Radios in use (Azores): Sangean WFT-3, M3 muvid IR 815, Grace Digital Encore+, Sangean WFR-27C (x2)
Radios in use (USA): Hama DIT2010MBT (x2), Grace Digital Mondo+, Roberts Stream 107, Sangean WFR-20
Retired radios: Sangean WFR-1 (x2)

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Re: Recommendations regarding classical music stations
« Reply #6 on: 07:27:49 | 19 November, 2017 »
For high-quality classical music (320kbps!) I recommend Linn Classical. I also sometimes listen to Classic FM (UK) or RTÉ Lyric (Ireland).

I  don't know about bit rate but these are some I like (times are North America East Coast, e.g. New York City).  All stations are public radio except for the last two and all are in North America except the last one.

- CBC Radio 2 (public radio in Canada) has classical 9:00 am to mid afternoon 7 days a week. http://www.cbcmusic.ca/ On the weekend I particularly like the shows  "This is my music" with Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe but hosted by a different classical musician each week http://www.cbcmusic.ca/programs/thisismymusic and "In concert" with Paolo Pietropaolo http://www.cbcmusic.ca/programs/inconcert which is always excellent.The well known Canadian tenor, Ben Heppner, hosts "Backstage" Saturday 4pm–5pm (or after the opera finishes) with replays on Sunday 10am–11am and also on CBC Radio One on Sunday 10pm-11pm.  This guy seems to have a golden touch.  First he has a career as a top tenor and then it turns out he is a great radio host too.

- ICI Musique (CBC station in Montreal that broadcasts in French across Canada). 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Mon - Thurs http://www.icimusique.ca/emissions/touteunemusique   Excellent selection of music often with material that you won't hear elsewhere.

- CKWR. Community radio in Waterloo, Ontario. Monday 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm Dorothea Daniels.  Wednesday 9:00 - 10:30 pm Claude Macdonald.  Thursday 9:30 - 11:00 pm Zyg Janecki.   https://www.ckwr.com  Times may vary. Posted schedule on their site is rarely up to date.  Monday is Canadian/various, Wednesday is easy listening and Thursday is a theme show (composer or other theme). 

- WQXR public radio (New York) 24/7 classical. New York Philharmonic This Week hosted weekly by Alec Baldwin http://www.wqxr.org/shows/new-york-philharmonic. - Carnegie Hall Live from time to time http://www.wqxr.org/shows/carnegie . David Dubal's show on WQXR Reflections from the Keyboard http://www.wqxr.org/shows/keyboard which is on at 8:00 pm Thursday and again at 10:00 pm on Sunday.  David Dubal has an amazingly expansive knowledge of music history and his commentary is really interesting.  24 hour classical station.

- WWFM public radio (New Jersey) 24/7 classical. David Dubal, Piano Matters. Wed 10:00 pm, replay on Sun at noon. http://wwfm.org/programs/piano-matters-david-dubal  Lyric Stage on Sunday at 8:00pm with Mike Harrah http://wwfm.org/programs/lyric-stage-mike-harrah . It plays older material that you won't hear elsewhere. Chicago Symphony Orchestra http://wwfm.org/programs/chicago-symphony-orchestra.  WWFM also broadcasts on WWNJ, WWCJ, and WWPJ.

- SymphonyCast https://www.yourclassical.org/programs/symphonycast/episodes with Allison Yong is a program that is aired on various stations http://www.publicradiofan.com/cgibin/program.pl?programid=1283     Also check out other American Public Media broadcasts at the yourclassical site.

- CFMZ. (Toronto) 24/7 classical. Sunday Night at the Opera on Sunday at 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm with Alexa Petrenko http://classicalfm.ca/shows/sunday-night-at-the-opera/  The show focuses on selections from a particular album each week.  Also like to listen to Nocturne with Marilyn Lightstone before bed.  11:00 pm - 1:00 am 7 days a week.  http://classicalfm.ca/shows/nocturne/   

- Classic FM (UK) 24/7 classical.  http://www.classicfm.com/


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Re: Recommendations regarding classical music stations
« Reply #7 on: 13:08:38 | 20 November, 2017 »
A few more I listen to from time to time:
KUAT
KWAX
MR3-Bartok Radio
OrganLive