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Has anyone noticed how bad the sound quality is on Jazz FM both on DAB and Sky 0129 ? I contacted them and got an apathetic reply - they couldn't be bothered.... I see DAB is down to 60 kbps and in Mono , is this anything to do with the problem ? Most stations are using 128kbps and in stereo

How much lower can the bitrate get before it beomes unlistenable ? Maybe the station is being run down , they've lost several good producers and brought in unknowns

 

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RE: Jazz FM broadcast quality

128kbps AAC here on 'TuneIn Radio Pro'.

I'm not a fan but just thought I'd check.

Suggest you play it from the internet or wirelessly via your smartphone or tablet.

 

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RE: Jazz FM broadcast quality

I am trying to figure out where this is all going. I posted a comment (Dumbed down DAB) back in 2011. I emailed Jazz FM and as you did and received a poor response trying to justify how I would be better with more info at 80k mono (at that time) instead of 128k stereo...Eh!  I noticed on a recent scan that a some other stations are low bit rate mono.. Seems to be a waste of time and effort producing quality stereo tuners.

Suppose the main thing is that the adverts can be heard loud and clear on a DAB box playing in more kitchens. Maybe we need a What LoFi section in the magazine Guess DAB +  will be out of the question now.

 I know some folks will come on and say there are internet options. I have tried this wireless from pc to rDac but would prefer the convenince of the tuner. 

Really feels like a con.

 

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RE: Jazz FM broadcast quality

dave6453 wrote:

Has anyone noticed how bad the sound quality is on Jazz FM both on DAB and Sky 0129 ? I contacted them and got an apathetic reply - they couldn't be bothered.... I see DAB is down to 60 kbps and in Mono , is this anything to do with the problem ? Most stations are using 128kbps and in stereo

How much lower can the bitrate get before it beomes unlistenable ? Maybe the station is being run down , they've lost several good producers and brought in unknowns

 

dave

On the Sky box the SQ is okay, but what irritates me is how much volume you lose. Switch to other stations (Absolute, Solar, Gold...) on the SB and difference is pretty stark.

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RE: Jazz FM broadcast quality

It is dire quality!  Pretty much given up on it. Still in my favourites but I will be removing it. The downside of DAB is inescapably evident with stations like this. Something must be getting them out of bed in the morning.

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RE: Jazz FM broadcast quality

.... well they seem to be about to fix the DAB sound quality issue at Jazz FM for people outside London :

 

"Jazz FM will cease transmission on DAB across the entire of the UK on January 1st, but will then only be available on DAB Digital Radio receivers in Greater London."

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RE: Jazz FM broadcast quality

The "Birdsong" station that has replaced Jazz fm on DAB is great sound quality, although the wood pidgeon does go on a bit .... 

It's very relaxing when listening in bed, gets you to sleep pretty quickly.

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