Radio Without Processing
Radio Jackie Sounding Great With Real HD Sound
Once upon a time, the sound of British radio on VHF/FM was the best in the world. Many hi-fi enthusiasts used it as their prime listening source, but in the late 80's, things went wrong.
Ever more stations started to use 'processing' in the hope of sounding louder than anybody else, until today, when the VHF/FM band is full of flat and lifeless fatiguing audio.
At first, DAB seemed to be the answer, with it's original high bit rates and no processing, it sounded very good indeed, but that too has gone the way of FM, low bit rates, and processing, making it another lifeless mess.
But one British station has changed all that. A local station in South West London - Radio Jackie, now offers a high bit rate (320 kbs) "Finesse HD" stream and it's straight from the studio desk, there's no processing - and it sounds like a breathe of fresh air.
If anything, it sounds better than FM used to, since the frequency response goes way beyond 15 kHz, which has always been the upper limit of FM stereo.
So if your hi-fi equipment such as the Naim ND series has an Internet radio feature , why not give it a try.
If you've never heard un-processed audio before, it might take you a while to get used to it, the levels do go up and down a little, but once you've got used to it, we think you'll love it.
Some modern recordings have a lot of processing on them when they're made, but at least on Jackie, they don't add any more.
Jackie plays a nice mix of records and they actually have presenters in the studio, not a computer playing out the tracks.
This is the stream address you need to enter in to your Internet radio equipment :-
Any modern Broadband connection should be able support it, but if you get into difficulties, contact Radio Jackie directly, and they'll be happy to advise you further.