Belgium Digital Radio Bitrates

This page was last updated on June 24 2021
This is a list of Public Service and commercial radio stations in , comparing audio bitrates for online streams, DAB+, and satellite.

Please contact the site with any corrections or additions to this list.

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Audio Information

Joint Stereo – Audio mode in which two channels forming a stereo pair (left and right) are encoded within the one-bit stream and for which stereophonic irrelevance or redundancy is exploited for further bit reduction.
Mono LSF (Low Sampling Frequency) – Low bitrate encoding with halved sampling rate.
HE-AAC (High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding) – More efficient high-quality multichannel and stereo audio codec used with DAB+.

Audio codec: MPEG 1 Layer II
Better than FM quality requires 192-256 kbps
Similar to FM quality requires 160-192 kbps
Acceptable, worse than FM 128-160 kbps
(Based on stereo services)

Audio codec: aacPlus v2
Better than FM quality requires 56-96 kbps
Similar to FM quality requires 40-64 kbps
Acceptable, worse than FM 24-48 kbps
(Based on stereo services)


 

Public Service Digital Radio Bitrates

This list of digital radio bitrates is provided in good faith, 100% accuracy can not be guaranteed, as changes periodically occur on the various platforms used by Public Service Radio in .
Below are audio bitrate comparisons for the PSB digital radio station, DAB+, Terrstrial and satellite. 
Please email any corrections or additional information and have them included.

PSB Digital Radio Bitrates
Platform Online DAB+ Satellite 
VRT
Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT), is the national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Community of Belgium.
  Station Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio
VRT Radio 1 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo 160 kbps Stereo
VRT Radio 2 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo 160 kbps Stereo
VRT Klara 128 kbps/128 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
VRT Studio Brussel 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
VRT MNM 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
VRT NWS VRT MNM Stereo 64 kbps Stereo N/A N/A

RTBF
Radio-télévision belge de la Communauté française (RTBF) is a public service broadcaster delivering radio and television services to the French-speaking Community of Belgium, in Wallonia and Brussels.
Station Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio
La Première 128 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps Stereo Encrypted Encrypted
VivaCité 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo Encrypted Encrypted
Classic 21 128 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps Stereo Encrypted Encrypted
Tipik 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo Encrypted Encrypted
Musiq’3 128 kbps/128 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps Stereo Encrypted Encrypted
RTBF Mix 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo N/A N/A

Belgischer Rundfunk (BRF)
Belgischer Rundfunk (BRF) is a public-service broadcasting organisation serving the German-speaking Community of Belgium.
Station Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio
BRF 1 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
BRF 2 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
RTBF Radio on satellite
Some RTBF Radio stations are available on satellite from the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13° East, unfortunately, all stations are encrypted and are not free-to-air.
RTBF International
RTBF International, la chaîne radio internationale de la RTBF, diffuse une grande partie des émissions de La Première et de VivaCité et vous permet d’être à l’écoute de la Belgique, de son actualité politique, sociale, économique, culturelle, sportive et musicale.
RTBFi diffuse en clair et en numérique l’ensemble de ses programmes, 24h/24, sur le satellite Atlantic Bird 3 (AB 3) en Afrique.
BRF
In Brussels, BRF 1 and BRF 2 are also available on DAB+ witha bitrate of 48 kbps.

 


 

Commercial Digital Radio Bitrates

This list of digital radio bitrates is provided in good faith, 100% accuracy can not be guaranteed, as changes periodically occur on the various platforms used.
Below are audio bitrate comparisons for commercial digital radio stations, Online streams, DAB+ and satellite.
Please email any corrections or additional information and have them included.

Commercial Digital Radio Bitrates in Belgium
Platform Online DAB+ Satellite
Vlaanderen (Flanders)
  Station Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio
NRJ België 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
Family Radio 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hit FM 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
JOE (National) 128 kbps Stereo 88 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
Nostalgie (Vlaanderen) 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
Qmusic (National) 128 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
Radio FG 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Radio Maria (Catholic radio) 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
TOPradio (Dance) 192 kbps/60 kbps aac Stereo 88 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
VBRO (Dutch music) 128 kbps Stereo N/A N/A N/A N/A
Wallonne (Wallonia)
Station Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio
Bel RTL** 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo
Fun Radio 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo
Radio Contact** 192 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo
Maximum** 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo
Nostalgie Belgique** 92 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps Stereo
NRJ Belgique** 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps Stereo
DAB+
Please note that some stations on DAB+ may not be availanle in all areas. Overspill from neighbouring areas may make reception of some stations available outside of their intended areas of reception.
Stream Formats:
Windows Media requires Windows Media Player
MP3 requires a streaming MP3 player such as Winamp, iTunes, Foobar2000 or VLC Media player
Ogg Vorbis requires an Ogg Vorbis compatible player such as Winamp, Foobar2000 or VLC Media player
aacPlus requires an aacPlus player such as Winamp 5.08+, Foobar2000 or VLC Media player
Eutelsat 5 at 5.0°W
**These stations are available free-to-air on the Eutelsat 5 satellite at 5.0°W.
Software
Foobar2000
iTunes
VLC Player
Winamp
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