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  1. My Musical Fidelity A5 tuner has FM and DAB. FM is purely for Radio 3 and is a very good analogue sound, helped in part by the tuner's valve output stage. DAB is useful for Radio 6 when it's playing music that interests me. R3 is much better on FM than on DAB, the difference is less striking on BBC R4. I've considerd streaming but don't believe that my preferred stations would sound noticibly better than on my tuner. Musical Fidelity A5 tuner | eBay MUSICAL FIDELITY A5 DAB/ FM 192 HZ UPSAMPLING TUNER. | eBay Musical Fidelity A5 Tuner Dab FM Upsampling Ex Condition & Working Perfectly | eBay
  2. The Musical Fidelity A5 tuner is brilliant; there are a couple on ebay at the moment
  3. Thanks, but at that bitrate for BBC R6 there would be no benefit in repacing my DAB tunner with a streamer
  4. So after the great switch off / switch over yesterday; who has lost BBC radio on their streamer?
  5. I am very pleased with my PMC Twenty5 22s, a vast improvement on my previous Monitor Audio GS10 speakers and wonderful tuneful bass for a stand mount. The PMCs have recently been superseded with a big price hike. I'm not sure of your budget but there is at least one good used offer on ebay PMC TWENTY5.22 SPEAKERS, AMARONE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, BOXED, AUTHORISED DEALER! | eBay
  6. Ive tried streaming BBC radio from the optical output on my smart TV via a Cambridge DacMagic, however the bit rate on the optical output was very low (despite a high speed ethernet input to the TV). DAB through my upsampling tuner sounds a lot better
  7. Gosh, I'm rather taken aback at all the anti BBC feelings, but I'm not sure what TV has to do with anything. If anyone's interested in getting back on topic; my main interest is music on BBC R3 and BBC R6. I sometimes indulge in R4; I don't agree with everything they say but I enjoy listening to radio rather the being in an echo chamber. I'm fortunate in getting quite good R3 on my FM tuner and I like the combination of familiar and unfamiliar classical (and other) music, Classic FM is so compressed to be a waste of FM bandwidth. R6 is limited to DAB and hence quite poor, which is a shame as they sometimes have soe very interesting music not so familiar to me. One of the attractions of pottentially getting a streamer was improved R3 sound and greatly improved R6 sound. Any HiFi streamer manufacturer that integrates BBC Sounds; as well as offering all the other good quality streaming radio music may well get my custom.
  8. I haven't heard it yet because I don't have a streamer, but this will influence my decision whether to buy one or not. It would be interesting to knoe what Linn have to say on ths?
  9. Why do I hear a message on my third-party app stating that BBC Radio will stop working on 22 March? | BBC Sounds
  10. I understand it may not after 21 March
  11. Apparently from 21 March the only internet access to BBC radio will be via BBC Sounds, and no streamer or packaged internet radio will work on BBC unless they have BBC Sounds installed. As far as I'm aware no streamers are available which have BBC Sounds on board. Does anyone know any different? It seems I'll be relying on my FM tuner for some time yet
  12. I've been enjoying music a lot lately during lockdown, particularly following a major upgrade to my system. One consequence of this has been a re-appraisal of my CD collection. Some recordings have been brilliant with new levels of detail and emotion recovered. I've also started replacing less good recordings or performances with much more enjoyable versions with the help of my dogeared copy of The Gramophone Classical Music Guide 2009. Have others found this too? Two non classical (but classic) CD's really stand out. Jeff Beck's Truth had been languishing unloved on my shelf, but I'm overwhelmed listening to it on my new system - brilliant rock/blues - listen to Jeff beck and Rod Stewart's rendition of Old Man River! I think my original copy of Led Zeppelin 2 may have been a pirate copy bought in a Moscow subway (does anyone remember when Beatles records had to be smuggled INTO Russia?). I have just replaced it with Jimmy Page's remastered version - again superb . Enjoy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Truth-Jeff-Beck/dp/B0007XH5OY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ZQ96JAII5OQ1&dchild=1&keywords=jeff+beck+truth&qid=1614013088&sprefix=jeff+beck+%2Caps%2C170&sr=8-1&tag=amz07b-21 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Led-Zeppelin-II-Remastered-Original/dp/B00IXHBQUK/ref=sr_1_1?crid=BUVGUD7W8NVT&dchild=1&keywords=led+zeppelin+2+cd+remastered&qid=1614013348&sprefix=led+zepplin+2+%2Caps%2C172&sr=8-1&tag=amz07b-21
  13. well over budget but is this of interest? Musical Fidelity M6 PRE Pre-Amplifier - Preowned (fanthorpes.co.uk)
  14. No you are not confused, that's me. I'm still not totally decided on moving from FM to streaming yet and still pondering
  15. The NAD may be interesting too. I'm waiting to see reviews of Arcam's new ST60. One factor is that I understand BBC Radio no longer works with Tunein but does with vTune? I would wand to be able to stream BBC radio without the hassle of extra boxes or having to play through my phone or tablet
  16. System synergy is very important, particularly with little opportunity to demo due to Covid or buying used. I'm on my third Musical Fidelity System E10 Electra > A3.5 System > M6/A5 system so I'm a confirmed fan of the MF sound. I've not listened to Naim, but from what I've read they are brighter/livelier than my preferred MF, as is Cambridge - I'm assuming Linn are somewhere in the middle and I remember Cno was happy with Linn and warm MF AMS.
  17. Hmmm. There's a buy-it-now Linn Akurate on ebay for £1.75k, similar to new options like Lumin D2 etc. I assume used Linns are reliable and can be serviced if things go wrong?
  18. I'm still pondering whether to get a streamer or restrict myself to my A5 CD (JS upgrade) and A5 tuner. What to people find is a good match to my amp and speakers and at least match or preferably exceed the SQ of my CD player, either with built in DAC or separate DAC? Thanks. The Leema Elements looks interesting as paying for sound quality rather than superfluous pre-amp or display, the Auralic Altair G1 also looks good but could it be into diminishing returns territory. There must be many more options to consider; it's difficult to get a feel for what the price point would be to best match my existing system without lots of shop demos, although with a shortlist I may be able to arrange some home demos. There are a number of used streamers on that auction site, some of them rather old but big savings on the high-end list price. I'm wondering if their older DAC technology restricts SQ compared to more modern options with lower new prices? Suggestions and recommendations appreciated, thanks.
  19. Thanks for all of the replies so far but I’m still none the wiser. Also all of this seems s lot more hassle than just switching on my FM tuner and amplifier to settle down to Radio 3 Record Review with my morning coffee. Rather than buy a streamer I’m tempted to just get my tuner’s capacitors and valves upgraded instead
  20. So BBC radio is no longer available on Tunein but only on BBC Sounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/help/questions/recent-changes-to-bbc-sounds/tunein-changes Can BBC Sounds be accessed or installed on all or any hifi streamers? I know I could use BBC Sounds on my iPhone or iPad but lack of Ethernet in and quality out defeats the aim
  21. How does the sound quality of a good internet radio station, say BBC R3 or R6 compare to that from Qobuz or Tidal? I'm not so bothered by numbers; bit rates etc but listeners' real experience when using a good quality DAC and system. Thanks
  22. I beg to download differ Radio 3, good roof aerial and Musical Fidelity A5 tuner. But as I said it’s down to priorities and enjoying my CD collection
  23. briefly and I appreciate it's good - but I would need a very good DAC to match the performance of my CD player or FM tuner; I'd rather spend my money elsewhere for now
  24. I was really just exploring the landscape and options if I decide to get a streamer. But for now I’ve decided to just stick to my CD player and quality FM tuner
  25. Thanks everyone for useful replies. I think streaming will be the way forward for me eventually; initially for internet radio but adding a NAS sometime later. The choice would be between a separate streamer like the Bluesound and a top end DAC or an all in one quality unit like the Lumin D2 In the meantime I will stick to and enjoy what I have got until I have more time to enjoy my music via CD and FM, I will be investing in some more CD shelves.
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