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MPEG4 AAC provides extra quality for lower bit rates. We have economy streams for congested or expensive networks, high quality for dial-up modems and studio quality for broadband.
Radio Jackie Finesse: Radio stations process their audio to improve the sound clarity for listeners in cars and noisy work or home environments. (Many stations process heavily, leaving no detail and a fatiguing sound.) If you have large loudspeakers or are in a quiet room you may prefer to hear the full dynamic range of music from the studio desk output, as the producer intended. These world firsts, Jackie's Finesse streams, have provided exactly that since 2006... streaming Finesse HD Sound at 320kbps.
Listen to Jackie's latest News and Travel:
Direct entry stream and player URL addresses:
12 kbps AAC+ Mono Economy: http://www.radiojackie.com:11209
32 kbps AAC+ Fair: http://www.radiojackie.com:11289
32 kbps OPUS Good: http://www.radiojackie.com:8343/jackie.opus
128 kbps MP3 Good: http://www.radiojackie.com:12614
128 kbps AAC Superior: http://www.radiojackie.com:11278
320 kbps AAC Finesse HD Sound Unprocessed studio output: http://www.radiojackie.com:5873
Jackie player: http://www.radiojackie.com/real_smil/universal/easy_detect.html
Jackie's HTML5 player: http://radiojackie.com/Radio_Jackie_HTML5.asp
AAC at 128kbps stereo has the ITU rating 'indistinguishable quality'. This means people may hear a difference but cannot be sure which is best. Complete unimpairment and statistical undetectability however require AAC at over 200kbps. More details here.
AAC, MP3 and MP2 performance in the ISO Report on the MPEG-2 AAC Stereo Verification Tests:
Some measurements on the behaviour of MP3 and the merits of AAC are here.
Performance of AAC at just 48kbps stereo in European Broadcasting Union Audio Listening Tests:
If your computer has loudspeakers, listening online should be easy. Free players exist for Winamp, Windows Media Player and Real.
Winamp is generally trouble free, Windows Media Player can prove erratic while Real is likely to add unwanted software and icons unless you pay meticulous attention to declining install options.
iTunes plays AAC.
For Mac, Linux and Windows there is also VLC.
Some may like foobar2000, a plain lightweight MP3, AAC & OPUS player.
(Not good at 320kbps. Avoid downloading the prominent adverts!)
It is well worth connecting your computer sound card to a Hi-Fi system with its larger loudspeakers, using a stereo 3.5mm jack to phono lead like this:
or alternatively use a normal phono to phono lead, along with a phono to 3.5mm jack adaptor like this: