The Boston Symphony live broadcasts on the
internet are a treasure for music lovers and audiophiles. I
dont know of any other service like this: weekly live
broadcasts and lightly compressed sound. They use many microphones
so the sound you hear is the product of the mixing console,
usually too much announcer and too much soloist for my taste,
too sibilant announcer, but otherwise you can just sit back
and enjoy. It is at 192 kbps. The download on demand has returned
after a years hiatus -- it is at 128 kbps but with the
advantage that you avoiding real time streaming issues.
There are SEPARATE, MULTIPLE streams available, for example
The Boston Symphony Ochestra, Boston Early Music Stream, The
BSO Concert Channel, The Bach Channel.
To download PAST Programs:
I measured 70 dB dynamic range for a recent
concert (Sept 21). I took the ratio of the loudest musicfull
scale-- with flat response, to the H weighted level
of the quietist passage (H weighting is the curve
corresponding to the 20 dB Fletcher Munson curve which I approximate
by an 18 dB per octave Butterworth high pass filter at 500Hz).
I estimate 10 dB of compression on typical
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