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Technology is Grand
The Metropolitan Opera in New York City and Sirius Satellite Radio have collaborated to launch Metropolitan Opera Radio, which replaces Sirius’ former Classical Voices channel. This is very neat. At this very moment I am listening to Mozart’s Idomeneo, which is being performed on stage at the Met right now. The broadcast is live, and indeed there are live operas broadcast at least four evenings of the week.
Satellite radio, despite what you may have heard, does not come close to approaching CD-quality. (Although it far exceeds that of FM radio.) The technology has the capacity to transmit high-quality audio, but the amount of bandwidth given the two satellite radio companies mandates that they compress their audio to fit as many channels as they’d like to have. And I am listening to this broadcast on critical equipment—a Sirius receiver into a Cambridge Audio Azur amplifier, through its dedicated headphone op-amp into a pair of Sennheiser HD595 headphones. The bitstream sounds like 112kbps or so—about on par with what you’d download from the Apple iTunes store. Which is to say, not very good.
That said, this is a digital broadcast, so the sound is uninterrupted by any static or silences. And of course Sirius is using the Met’s house microphone system, so the sonic image is consistent and sensical. I can ignore the sound quality issues, because this is just very fun—I can hear Levine’s orchestra as crystal, Dorothea Roschmann as the pretty little singer she is, and the New York audience; what it likes and what it doesn’t like.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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