Dutch Digital Radio Bitrates

This page was last updated on July 28 2021
This is a list of Public Service and commercial radio stations in the Netherlands, comparing audio bitrates for online streams, DAB+, and satellite.

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

EU Digital Bitrates


 

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.

NPO Digital Radio Bitrates
Platform Online DAB+ Satellite 
  Station Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio
NPO
Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) is a Dutch public broadcasting organisation that administers public broadcasting services in the Netherlands.
NPO Radio 1 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
NPO Radio 2 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
NPO 3FM 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
NPO Radio 4 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 128 kbps aac Stereo
NPO Soul & Jazz 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 88 kbps aac Stereo
NPO 3FM KX Radio 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
NPO Radio 5 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
NPO Fun X 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
NPO Fun X Fissa 192 kbps Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
NPO 3FM Alternative 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
NPO Radio 4 Concerten 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
NPO Sterren NL 192 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 88 kbps aac Stereo

 


 

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
Platform Online DAB+ Satellite
Station Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio Bitrate Audio
100% NL 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
538 TOP 50 128 kbps/96 kbps aac Stereo 64 kbps aac Stereo
Arrow Classic Rock 192 kbps Stereo 64 kbps aac Stereo
BNR Nieuwsradio 128 kbps Stereo 64 kbps aac Stereo
Classic NL 128 kbps Stereo 64 kbps aac Stereo
GLXY – home of rap! 96 kbps aac Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
Groot Nieuws Radio 128 kbps/96 kbps aac Stereo 64 kbps aac Stereo
KINK 192 kbps Stereo 56 kbps aac Stereo
Magic FM (Nederland) 192 kbps Stereo 64 kbps aac Stereo
Qmusic 96 kbps/32 kbps aac Stereo 80 kbps aac Stereo
Qmusic non-stop 96 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 48 kbps aac Stereo
Radio 10 128 kbps Stereo 80 kbps aac Stereo
Radio 10 60s&70s 128 kbps Stereo 48 kbps aac Stereo
Radio 538 128 kbps/96 kbps aac Stereo 88 kbps aac Stereo
Radio Maria (Nederland) 160 kbps/96 kbps aac Stereo 56 kbps aac Stereo
Radio NL 192 kbps Stereo N/A N/A
Radio Veronica 128 kbps/64 kbps Stereo 80 kbps aac Stereo
Sky Radio 128 kbps Stereo 80 kbps aac Stereo
Sky Radio Hits 128 kbps/64 kbps aac Stereo 64 kbps aac Stereo
SLAM! 128 kbps Stereo 96 kbps aac Stereo
Sublime FM 192 kbps Stereo 80 kbps aac Stereo
DAB+
Only national DAB+ stations are listed.
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
Software
Foobar2000
iTunes
VLC Player
Winamp
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