Roger-I will have to respectfully disagree with you. I grew up listening
to music first using tubes, then using semi-conductors. On a decent car
audio system, which I have, the classical music stations on SiriusXM sound
no different than a CD or FM played through the system. It is not tinny,
it is not shrill, difficult to detect compression. I must confess I have
not recently listened to a good Victor 78 from 1929 played through tubes.
On Sun, May 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM, Roger Kulp <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> As someone who has listened to tubes pretty their entire life,I find that
> Sirius is unlistenable.It's shrill,compressed and tinny.Most stations
> clearly use compressed digital files,and the radios themselves sound like
> crap.But I guess it's OK if you gew up listening to music on an iPod or
> smart phone.
> A good Victor 78 from 1929 played through tubes beats it all to hell.
> > Date: Sun, 25 May 2014 00:15:18 -0400
> > From: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Public radio was Re: Future of CDs
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > I also like the ability to change genre of music with SiriusXM. The OTR
> > station definitely isn't particularly enlightened, but given good fortune
> > in the luck of the programming draw, it can sure help a long car trip be
> > more enjoyable. I force my wife to negotiate with them every year to
> get a
> > better rate. She out did herself this year-the full version for both of
> > our cars for $100 a year each. I used to give more than that to the local
> > FM Classical NPR station. I went over and manned a phone during pledge
> > time. Now it seems like almost every week they take away the music so
> > can have a fund raising event. No doubt they are doing a Memorial Day
> > raiser. They do Mother's Day and Valentine's Day and Christmas and
> > Thanksgiving, and God knows what else. The scripted repetitive nonsense
> > they broadcast during these events makes one assume they think we are all
> > morons. If you added up all the regular full Monty fund drives, the
> > special event fund drives and the 10 second commercials, there is far
> > down time, with little or no music, than any of the commercial stations.
> > Both of the local NPR stations make you listen to 20 seconds of
> > every time you tune in the streaming version. I often wondered if the
> > stations couldn't let me pay an annual fee, and then allow me to listen
> > without the fundraising drivel. Maybe something that accesses the extra
> > band width, like their service for the visually impaired. I have also
> > wished that they would spend less money on their syndicated programming,
> > and just play classical music, maybe from their own library, like they
> > to. Interesting to note that Robert Aubry Davis, one of the XM Sirius
> > Symphony Hall announcers, used to be at our local station in upstate New
> > York. I am very pessimistic about the future of classical FM in my area,
> > and I guess I wouldn't miss them much. Too bad.
> > On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 11:13 PM, Randy A. Riddle <
> [log in to unmask]>wrote:
> > > I listened to public radio for many years. I think what happened was
> > > it lost track of its original vision to educate.
> > >
> > > The public radio stations in my area are basically running many of the
> > > talk or music series that have been around since the 1980s. There
> > > seem to be anything there I've not heard before or seen around the
> > > Internet.
> > >
> > > For me, public radio was at its best in the 1970s when it acted as a
> > > of curator for the best or most interesting in what was happening in
> > > serious music or the arts. It was the place you would turn to to hear
> > > classical works or new recordings of classical music, experiments in
> > > drama, or what was happening in music scholarship.
> > >
> > > A good example is a weekly show I wish I could recall the name of that
> > > from one of the public radio networks and, each week, featured vintage
> > > and big band recordings - I recall one whole episode was just devoted
> > > V-Discs.
> > >
> > > At other times, my local public radio stations featured regular
> > > of classic Old Time Radio - Suspense, the Great Gildersleeve, Jack
> > > and other programs.
> > >
> > > Sure, much of this material is available now on the Internet or
> > > radio stations. Public radio could find its voice again by being a
> > > and gateway into what's worth my time, rather than being either
> > > classical Muzak for a day at the office or offering the "comfort food"
> > > "Prairie Home Companion". It's just stale.
> > >
> > > I like Sirius XM because it allows me to sample genres of music that I
> > > don't know much about or listen deeper into a genre catalogue to
> figure out
> > > what I might like or not like - the same thing that public and college
> > > radio used to do for me many years ago.
> > >
> > > The OTR channel is a little conservative for my taste, repeating many
> > > the same "war horses" that I've heard many times before, but at least
> > > something.
> > >
> > > Randy
> > >
> > >
> > --
> > Frank B Strauss, DMD
Frank B Strauss, DMD