crowbite wrote:Actually, MP3 (or AAC) at 320kbps is quite respectable, although it's not quite a CD (nor is it vinyl).
Is the dynamic range of MP3 @320kbps acceptable to you? For pop music, MP3 seems fine to me, but for classical and some jazz, the compression of the pianissimo and fortissimo really bugs me. Flim & The BB's Big Notes is an example of something where the difference between CD and MP3 is noticeable to me; perhaps the sample rate was too low?
But obviously nobody in his right mind would be looking at something like a Chumby for an audiophile experience... so "audiophile" really isn't relevant to this discussion.
Exactly. Which is why I couldn't understand why the speaker would matter. But as I said, my interest is in news and podcasts; the dial on my clock/radio is welded to the local NPR station.
Of course we haven't talked about how well the tuner works: sensitivity, selectivity, etc. That's a gamble I'll have to take.
Worst case, if the FM tuner isn't discriminating enough for you, these days you can get the streaming feed of most U.S. radio stations via the Internet, and your Chumby should be capable of playing that.
Anyway, I'll let you know how a Chumby sounds with Fostex powered monitors. ;)
I thought we agreed that "audiophile" wasn't relevant to this discussion? ;)
Oh yeah, a Sony Dream Machine is way above 'most nighttable clock/radios' imho. Certainly it should have better speakers than the Chumby... in fact, I suspect that the speakers on 95+% of all clock radios would fail to satisfy your ears, if the SDM is your standard.