BBC Radio 3 ups the online streaming quality

To mark the 90th anniversary of the BBC broadcasting The Proms, BBC Radio 3 will stream the entire season in the highest audio quality the BBC has ever broadcast.

For the full eight weeks of the Proms, BBC Radio 3 will be available as a lossless audio stream at bbc.co.uk/proms and bbc.co.uk/radio3, letting listeners experience the concerts as if they were actually at the Royal Albert Hall.

BBC Radio 3 currently broadcasts in HD Sound as standard, but the new FLAC stream will mark the first time the Proms have been broadcast in lossless quality. The trial, named BBC Radio 3 Concert Sound, is the latest of a history of innovations for the BBC and the Proms. This includes the first public broadcast in 1927, stereo broadcasts in 1958, experiments with quadrophonic sound in the 1970s and more recently broadcasting in binaural 3D sound.

BBC Radio 3 controller, Alan Davey, said: “BBC Radio 3 listeners are the most discerning music fans in the world – the quality of the sound is almost as important as the quality of the music itself. We’ve always innovated around the Proms, and this new lossless audio stream will let our audience experience the whole season in spectacular, unprecedented quality. The Proms are the biggest event in the classical music calendar, and this year listeners will feel as if they were standing in the arena of the Royal Albert Hall.”

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  1. Raymond Woodward says

    The tests currently playing out of Radio 3 in DASH-FLAC sound superb using the current Alpha release of the BBC Iplayer plugin for Logitech LMS server through my hi-fi.

    Pity they’ll be switching it off in a fortnight (until the Proms start in the Summer) …

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