Don Cox wrote:
> The basic problem is that each listener is served with a stream
> individually. There is a limit to how many bits a server can put out per
> When you are starting and get only half a dozen listeners at a time, a
> good high bit rate is easy. Once the number of simultaeous listeners
> gets up to a hundred or more, either servers have to be doubled up, or
> the bit rate reduced.
Well, I think WGN could well afford more servers. But they are talk
radio. There really is no excuse for the bad sound of their webcasts as
far as I'm concerned. A mono stream at a low rate should not sound that
As far as the sound of SAW radio, it is a marketing tool for SAWStudio.
Bob's going to make sure the sample rate and encoding are top notch.
He would shut the thing down before lowering the sample rate because of
Sure, commercial, community, internet, it all takes some amount of
capital. The pricing structure for the DRS radio streamer seems unique
to me. It is based on your chosen streaming sample rate and the number
of listeners you expect at any one time. If your listenership goes up,
you order more space. So you can test the waters with a very nice
sample rate. Need to purchase more space? Follow a commercial radio
model. Sell time or get sponsors.
> The lower the bit rate, the worse the sound. Better encoding and
> decoding can help slightly.
Yes lower bit rates can produce bad audio. Which bit rate you choose
has a great deal to do with content, though. A mono stream can have a
lower rate than a stereo stream without too many artifacts.
Encoding can have an impact even if a small one. I actually prefer the
LAME encoder to BLADE when delivering MP3s. As far as Decoding, I hear
a difference there too. I really love Telos Systems AudioActive MP3
Player and StreamPlayer. Both are extremely simple. None of the bells
and whistle you'll find on others. Just a very nice sound.
Angie Dickinson Mickle
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