29 Nov 2012 12:42 - 30 Nov 2012 11:30#736680by evilC
As a slight (but still relevant) aside to this, I bought a new mini-hifi for my bedroom, the other day -
. It's rather good. I got it because I wanted a DAB radio which also played MP3s directly from a USB stick. (With this reduced price it was cheaper than the portable DAB radio with USB playback that I was previously considering.) However - of relevance to this thread is the fact that it can also play back MP3s and WMAs burned to both CD and DVD.
As it is, I won't be using that functionality, since it has the USB port in the front and I'll just be whacking a 32gb stick into that, loaded with thousands of MP3s. Still - I thought it was worth mentioning that this kind of hifi / portable DAB radio option does exist. (FWIW,
was the portable option I'd been considering, but since it was more expensive than the hifi, I went for the latter and also bought a cheapo portable DAB radio too - still for a combined price less than the portable thing I'd originally looked at.)
29 Nov 2012 21:13 - 29 Nov 2012 21:15#736958by evilC
linus wrote: Looks like a great buy Clive, I'm looking for something similar for my mom's place.
Does DAB radio require listening with a bottle of pils?
The thing about DAB (digital) radio - and I'd read this before I ever heard it - is that, in order to get the sound at a steady, easily-broadcastable data rate - the audio is necessarily compressed (in a sonic way, not a data way) during the recording/broadcasting process. Over here, allegedly many regular listeners to Terry Wogan's old radio show wrote/mailed in to the BBC, saying that they were no longer hearing the full lushness (my phraseology) of Wogan's brogue. What they were experiencing was the same compression techniques that make all the adverts you'll see on telly sound ike everyone is shouting all the time, even when they're not. This kind of thing is most noticeable when you've been watching a film, where the audio will have been less compressed as part of the recording/mastering process. Just FWIW, all the broadcasts I've seen (on the digital displays) so far are listed as having a rate of 64 kbps. If you saw an MP3 download at that quality, you'd possibly refuse to download it, as it would sound pretty shit. I'm not sure if DAB radio has some kind of decompression algorithm built into it which actually helps it compensate for this, but... just don't expect the earth, sonically-speaking!
More on audio compression on
page and data/audio compression in the second half of
Stumpy Pepys wrote: You can, of course, play audio burned to a DVD-R disc in a DVD player. But, as Inca says, not in a normal CD player.
I wish most of the cabaret acts I've dealt with in theatres and on ships would realise that! They usually give it the old, "well it works on my computer"! They then complain that it doesn't sound right, yes we know, it's an MP3 track put through a professional sound system for a 1,000 seat theatre!