It is confusing. I have "SiriusXM", but when the sat receiver is on it
displays "XM" on the screen. So I really don't know which I have or any
of the tech differences.
On 5/17/2014 4:57 AM, Randy A. Riddle wrote:
> It depends on which radio you have. Remember that Sirius and XM used to be
> two different companies with their own sets of satellites.
> I have a Hyundai with an XM radio that sounds really good and a Ford with a
> Sirius radio that sounds like crap.
> The Sirius radio is really compressed. That system allowed them to adjust
> bandwidth on each channel. On weekends, it can sound really dreadful when
> they add more channels to accommodate sports programming.
> On the XM radio, the basic music channels sound decent, much like your FM
> radio, while the news and talk radio channels are compressed a little more,
> but not quite as badly as the Sirius radio.
> Since the merger, I'm not sure how they're making the radios - if they're
> based on one system or another or some hybrid of both.
> I've noticed when driving that the Sirius radio is more prone to drop out
> if you go under a big overpass or go through some really mountainous areas.
> Both, in normal driving, don't cut out.
> Randy A. Riddle
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> On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 11:38 PM, [log in to unmask] <
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>> Yes, it's true. I have SiriusXM. I've been listening to mainly 75 & 76,
>> the classical channels, and the OTR channel. The 40s is not currently
>> available, having been hijacked for Billy Joel for a period of some months.
>> The sound is very artifacted. There is a lack of hi freq content, a great
>> deal of dynamic compression, and - get this, and this is a big one -
>> signal is lost going under a bridge or pulling into the gas station, or
>> into the garage. That is looking back to AM radio.
>> I can also listen to 75 & 76 in the house as I get those 2 channels on
>> Dish Network. There must be more bandwidth on satellite, as the
>> artifacting, it's there, is not nearly as bad. Compression is.
>> joe salerno
>> On 5/16/2014 10:03 PM, Lou Judson wrote:
>>> I have never heard it myself, but I've been told that XM satellite
>>> "radio" is the worst sounding medium around. Izzit true?
>>> ALL pubic radio is distributed via 128 (mono) and 256k MP2, and I hear
>>> some good stuff on NPR occasionally, in the car and clock radio mainly...
>>> Lou Judson
>>> Intuitive Audio
>>> On May 16, 2014, at 6:22 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>>> The only thing worse-sounding than 128kbps MP3 is streaming Spotify and
>> Joe Salerno