Personally I seem to find 64 kbps HE-AAC to be roughly equivalent to FM radio, though that's only a subjective judgement.
It's always subjective. Analog defects & artifacts are different from digital-compression artifacts & defects.
I don't normally listen to Internet radio, but...
Personally I feel 128Kbit/s is usually efficient enough.For some reason most online stations don't sound good at all at 128Kbit/s MP3. Maybe they use a crappy encoder.
Years ago, the standard Nullsoft Shoutcast Winamp plug-in initialized the LAME encoder dll with a quality (-q) setting of 9, the lowest quality possible...don't know if that's changed recently.
http://www.977music.com/channels2/oldies/wmplayeroldies.php (seems quite noiseless to me, 128Kbps/ mp3). Another question: Are there other factors that affect audio quality of internet radio, in same hardware, besides data rate and compression format ?
Radio Paradise is my favourite station. A *very* wide selection of music that commercial stations can only dream of. I listen to it 24/7
Could you comment on how you find the quality of the 64 kbps he-aac stream for casual listening, thanks. smile.gif
Hopefully new codec Opus will hit 1.0 soon. A king on 64 kbps. Plus low delay make it ideal for such real time screnarios like radio (for those where low delay counts).
Most of the online radio stations seem to have everything gained up by about +8 dB compared to the RG'ed stuff I normally listen to (in foobar).
I have, in playback options, the settings +3dB for replaygained tracks, and -4dB for non-replaygained.
Here's another really nice one streaming 64kpbs (average) vorbis. This also sounds pretty good to me.http://granimpacto.servebeer.com:8000/listenAgain, foobar or winamp can stream this directly from the above url.Anyone care to comment on how good/bad/otherwise they find this format.