New type of audio streaming standard emerging
I have come across a new audio streaming broadcast via the internet and its quality is way way above that of FM broadcast. And if the source is DVD or CD quality, the reception is almost exactly that of the original source.
If you listen to RTHK there is a new choice of HQ audio transmission (besides media player and real player). It was a pleasant surprise to listen to quality broadcast at 128kbps which is close to DVD quality with no typical FM hissing sound.
This is what I have found out so far:
1. You need to hook up your computer to a decent stereo amplifier and speakers. Ideally your computer output should be in digital form (HDML or optical output to a computer capable of handling digital signal). This is ideal (only) as I am quite satisfied with analogue output to a top of the line analogue amplifier. Of course better quality sound card helps too.
2. So far Win 7 or Mac or Ubuntu do work 80% of the time. XP has problem
3. The technology is still iffy for a technically challenged person. For Win7 it is slightly easier but not 100% guarantee each time. For Ubuntu , which is what I have , I need to enter into the terminal (./OctoshapeClient) basically forcing the computer to execute the program.
You may go through the following regarding the new type (emerging) of audio streaming: