BBC Proms to be broadcast in lossless audio for the first time

The BBC has been broadcasting the Proms for the past 90 years, and to mark its 90th anniversary, BBC Radio 3 will be streaming the entire event in lossless audio - a first for the concert series.

While BBC Radio 3 currently broadcasts in AAC 320kbps, the Proms, which runs from Friday 14th July to Saturday 9th September, will be broadcast in FLAC (at a minimum) 16-bit/44.1kHz quality - CD-quality.

You can listen via the dedicated Proms website or on the BBC Radio 3 website. The superior sound won't be available through your radio.

According to Alan Davey, BBC Radio 3 controller, "BBC Radio 3 listeners are the most discerning music fans in the world", so hopefully the better audio quality will be appreciated.

We'd recommend using a good DAC alongside your computer if you're planning on listening.

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Adam was a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?, reviewing consumer gadgets for online and print publication, as well as researching and producing features and advice pieces on new technology in the hi-fi industry. He has since worked for PC Mag as a contributing editor and is now a science and technology reporter for The Independent.