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BBC Proms to stream in lossless audio format

By | Published on Wednesday 19 April 2017

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To mark the 90th anniversary of the Proms, BBC Radio 3 has announced that it will stream the whole event in lossless audio. This will be the highest audio quality in which the Beeb has ever broadcast.

Says BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey: “BBC Radio 3 listeners are the most discerning music fans in the world – the quality of the sound is almost as important as the quality of the music itself. We’ve always innovated around the Proms, and this new lossless audio stream will let our audience experience the whole season in spectacular, unprecedented quality. The Proms are the biggest event in the classical music calendar, and this year listeners will feel as if they were standing in the arena of the Royal Albert Hall”.

They won’t, but it’s a nice idea. I mean the Royal Albert Hall is quite different to most people’s living rooms. But I’m sure it’ll sound just lovely. Unless you all play it through your laptop speakers, in which case the whole thing is probably a pointless endeavour.

If you happen to be interested in the technology behind all this, the BBC R&D unit has published a detailed blog post on it all.



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