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Cambridge CXN V2 - My new audiophile streamer and internet radio - detailed review

sandeepss

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These guys are good at the streaming game. Only if they can come up with FLAC streaming!
Thanks for the link!
Spotify did a brief A/B test with lossless some time back within a small group. Hope they roll it out soon. They anyway have all the source files in WAV from the artist. So keeping fingers crossed !
 
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Thanks for the link!
Spotify did a brief A/B test with lossless some time back within a small group. Hope they roll it out soon. They anyway have all the source files in WAV from the artist. So keeping fingers crossed !
That’s great news! I’d await it. May be they are waiting for the lossless streaming market to grow to make the scale attractive enough for the to launch. But then again, once Spotify (or for that matter even Apple) launches with attractive pricing, the demand for lossless streaming would double overnight. If as you say, they already own the wav source files, what does it cost them to stream lossless? Just server space?
 

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That’s great news! I’d await it. May be they are waiting for the lossless streaming market to grow to make the scale attractive enough for the to launch. But then again, once Spotify (or for that matter even Apple) launches with attractive pricing, the demand for lossless streaming would double overnight. If as you say, they already own the wav source files, what does it cost them to stream lossless? Just server space?
They collect the source file from artist in WAV or FLAC and encode it to OGG at multiple bit rates currently. With lossless they’ll have to have higher bandwidth compared to current OGG even if we assume 10% of existing users switches to lossless tier
 

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But then again, once Spotify (or for that matter even Apple) launches with attractive pricing, the demand for lossless streaming would double overnight.
Moving audio/video data around is a major challenge for the internet today. A 1 hr audio CD will be around 500-600MB uncompressed vs the current 60-80MB with lossy. Also if accessed on mobile phones the connection should be robust enough to enable a good data buffer. Mobile data cost/GB in India is very less compared to elsewhere, so that too will push adoption to home users and audio enthusiasts.
Like it or not, YouTube is the largest music streaming website now. It’s very easy for them to switch over, but their priorities are set in increasing video bit rates from 4K to .......:)
 

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Nice review.
Utilize as many connectivity options as applicable.
Stop worrying about formats and codecs.
Enjoy the music.
Cheers,
Raghu
 
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