UK broadcaster the BBC is launching a new online streaming format called HD Sound, which it says will offer “an extra high-quality audio stream” for online radio. It uses improved encoding and higher bitrates to make streams sound better, although it’s advising listeners that the increase will depend on the speakers or headphones that they’re using too. The technology is making its debut this week for the Beeb’s Electric Proms gigs, which will be streamed on Radio 2’s website. From December, it will be used for all Radio 3’s online streaming – that station focuses on classical music, for a notably audiophile audience.

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