BBC Radio 3 Testing Lossless FLAC Streaming

BBC Radio 3, the classical station of the BBC, is testing streaming in lossless format using FLAC. If you’re in the UK, you can try it out now. You’ll need to use Firefox, though some hi-fi streaming servers will be updated to offer access to this streaming quality. Cambridge Audio is looking for beta testers for this service if you have one of their devices.

The BBC discusses this project here. It looks as though the trial will last for at least five months.

If you are in the UK, and listen to classical music, try it out. It’s hard to perform a proper A/B test, but you could open two browsers – Firefox or another – and play from one, stop, then play from the other, to see if you hear the difference. If you try this, drop a comment below about your experience.

4 thoughts on “BBC Radio 3 Testing Lossless FLAC Streaming

  1. I’ve been able to listen from the US. Sounds quite good, thought the regular BBC radio stream was already one of the better quality ones. Have you been able to stream this using your Yahama R-N301? After reading your discussion of it last July, I picked one up and like its ability to stream web radio quite a bit.

    • It’s not live yet for streaming devices, though, as I mentioned, Cambridge Audio is testing it with theirs. I think it will require an upgrade, presumably just for the device to get the new URL. But it’s not a permanent stream on the BBC; they say it will last for five months.

  2. I’ve been able to listen from the US. Sounds quite good, thought the regular BBC radio stream was already one of the better quality ones. Have you been able to stream this using your Yahama R-N301? After reading your discussion of it last July, I picked one up and like its ability to stream web radio quite a bit.

    • It’s not live yet for streaming devices, though, as I mentioned, Cambridge Audio is testing it with theirs. I think it will require an upgrade, presumably just for the device to get the new URL. But it’s not a permanent stream on the BBC; they say it will last for five months.

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