Classical music on FM radio is no different, so in my book SXM and FM 
are the same on the issue of compression.

I wouldn't say Martin Goldspan is ignorant....I used to love hearing him 
on Performance Today and was saddened when he left. I do think that he 
has far less opportunity to speak intelligently about the music. The 
other announcers I haven't listened to as much.

Who do you feel is/was an example of an intelligent announcer of 
classical music?

joe salerno

On 5/18/2014 1:48 AM, John Haley wrote:
> Sirius XM is an abomination, in my view, especially the Met Opera Channel,
> which destroys the sound quality of its broadcasts with very intense
> over-compression, robbing voices of their natural vitality and gutting out
> the emotional content of the a lot of the music.  Soft notes emerge with
> the same intensity as loud ones, and a solo bassoon on minute is the same
> loudness as a whole orchestra and chorus in full cry the next.  Not to
> mention the outrageous noise-pumping that the monstrous compression causes.
>   The other two classical XM channels are no better, and there we get
> annoying, ignorant announcers to boot.  The digital radio medium is a great
> one, but in practice it has been dumbed down to provide the worst sounding
> radio broadcasts of the last several decades.  Yet another case of
> successful operation, dead patient.
> Best,
> John Haley
> On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 12:21 AM, John Vallier <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> While it's impossible to predict the future of anything--including CDs--I
>> do think we can say we are seeing an increase in the distribution of
>> online-only music (and video). This presents a growing issue for libraries
>> and archives. As more sound recordings are licensed and distributed through
>> online-only means and are accompanied by restrictive licenses that
>> explicitly forbid institutional ownership and such core library functions
>> as lending, the amount of published material available for libraries to
>> collect is slowly shrinking. It may not be a huge swell of titles at this
>> point, but there are some significant ones: e.g., Dudamel's DG release of
>> Brahms Symphony No. 4.
>> U Washington and MLA have received an IMLS grant this year to look at the
>> issue and to brainstorm possible solutions. Called “National Forum on
>> Online-Only Music," the project is essentially a series of meetings, fueled
>> by white papers written by leading experts in IP and other areas. The final
>> of our three meetings will be held in conjunction with NRPB's annual
>> meeting in DC this fall. We hope to develop approaches to the issues
>> including a licensing scenario by which libraries may purchase and provide
>> access to online-only music. More about the grant can be found here:
>> If you come across examples of online-only music, please share them with
>> me off-list. I'll add them to our "Online-Only Music Roster" that can be
>> found at the above site.
>> - John
>> __________
>> John Vallier
>> Head, Distributed Media
>> U of Washington Libraries, Seattle
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Richard Griscom [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>>> Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 11:29 AM
>>> To: MLA-L
>>> Subject: [MLA-L] Future of CDs
>>> The CD might not be dying anytime soon, but there is clearly a trend away
>>> from the purchase of physical objects toward the purchase of digital
>>> downloads:
>>> um-sales-fall-behind-album-downloads-is-2014-the
>>> Dick
>>> --
>>> Richard Griscom
>>> Head, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and          office 215/898-3450
>>>   Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center
>>> Interim Head, Fisher Fine Arts Library            office 215/573-4635
>>> University of Pennsylvania                 Philadelphia PA 19104-6206
> .

Joe Salerno