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fredpb
2009-07-10, 17:42
I just obtained a Squeezebox Boom. It can play Classical.com service.
I love classical music but don't know anything about classical.com.

Can anyone give me info on classical.com? It's use, especially with boom; selecting music; playing music of your choice; downloading music, etc.

Thanks!

Labarum
2009-07-10, 23:52
I love classical music . . .

Try these Stations I list below. Open Squeezecener in your browser

Copy a URL from the list below

Say

http://www.shoutcast.com/sbin/tunein-station.pls?id=4975&

for Venice classic.

Paste it into the "Tune in URL" box you will find under the "Internet Radio" menu. Click the right arrow [>] to go.

If you like the station you can add it to your favourites.



Bartók Rádió (Hungary)
http://212.92.28.75:2008/
MP3 at 320kbps

AVRO Klassiek Beste NL MP3 256
http://opml.radiotime.com/Tune.ashx?id=s55517&Formats=mp3,wma,real&username=sampletime&PartnerId=16

BBC R3 WMA 192 (but only if you in UK)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/wm_asx/aod/radio3.asx

Venice Classic MP3 128
http://www.shoutcast.com/sbin/tunein-station.pls?id=4975&filename=playlist.pls

D-dur (Czech Republic)
http://www.rozhlas.cz/audio/download/ddur_maxogg.m3u
OGG at 224kbps

Vltava (Czech Republic)
http://radio.cesnet.cz/cgi-bin/cro3-256-ogg.pls
OGG at 224kbps

Devín (Slovakia)
http://live.slovakradio.sk:8000/Devin_256.ogg
OGG at 256kbps

NRK Alltid Klassisk (Norway)
http://media.hiof.no/streams/m3u/nrk...sk-172.ogg.m3u
OGG at 172kbps

Radio 4 (Netherlands)
http://shoutcast.omroep.nl:8106/listen.pls
MP3 at 192kbps

Baroque Ottawa MP3 128
http://opml.radiotime.com/Tune.ashx?id=s65422&Formats=mp3,wma,real&username=sampletime&PartnerId=16

Classical Quebec MP3 128
URL: http://opml.radiotime.com/Tune.ashx?id=s96897&Formats=mp3,wma,real&username=sampletime&PartnerId=16

Radio Swiss Classic MP3 128
http://opml.radiotime.com/Tune.ashx?id=s25582&Formats=mp3,wma,real&username=sampletime&PartnerId=16


Radio Swiss Classic (Switzerland)
http://stream-1.ssatr.ch/rsc/aacp
AAC+ at 64kbps (sounds like MP3 at 160-192kbps)

Play Classical (UK)
http://audio3.playradiouk.com:8060/
AAC+ at 64kbps (sounds like MP3 at 160-192kbps)

maggior
2009-07-11, 18:03
This is an awesome list...thanks!

Do some of these channels vary their format? I tried Vltava, but it was playing modern jazz. I'm now enjoying Brahms 2nd piano concert on D-Dur. Excellent...even though I don't speak Czeck :-). The sound quality is incredible!

I used to listen to the WQXR and WNYC out of New York while I was in college. I have to say that it is a weird experience listening to a classical "radio station" without the telltale hiss of an FM broadcast in the background. Because of the dynamic range of classical music, it was always so noticable.

Labarum
2009-07-11, 20:46
This is an awesome list...thanks!

Do some of these channels vary their format? I tried Vltava, but it was playing modern jazz.

Yes. Even BBC Radio 3 stoops to Jazz on occasions!

Look out for live concert broadcasts from the Eastern European Stations in OGG. These best I have heard.

Venice Classic is nice for the popular Classics, but I think they use quite a lot of signal processing. Bartok and AVRO are usually good. Radio Swiss Classic is MP3 at only 128 but is normally very clear - little processing?

Outside UK I don't think you will get BBC Radio 3 at decent quality, but Classic FM should be OK especially in the evenings (London Time) when they stop using as much dynamic compression. But you are using Boom which introduces a lot of it's own signal processing.

A Squeezebox with an external DAC coupled to a decent amp and speakers would take you into a different league.