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  • Is there a reason my XM sounds like poop?

    whats the big idea with XM, sounds like AM radio on steroids? To me it's not worth the subscription. I hooked up my XM PCR to the 'ol carputer and it did not sound good at all, guess Im going with either the HQCT-E or jsut mp3s. any thoughts on this?
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  • #2
    What channel were you listening to? The default channels (1 and 254) sound quite "poopy". Channel 84 sounds substantially better in my setup.

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    • #3
      its bandwidth issues, if they would knock down the listening selection to just 3-5 channels they would probably be close to cd quality, but then they wouldnt have any subscribers.
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      • #4
        Is sirius any better? I assume it's not, but who knows?
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        • #5
          Ive heard the same about sirius, But Ive never listenned to Sirius so I cant truthfuly comment.
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          • #6
            well when i hooked up my XM to see if it worked, you get just channe 1, the preview channel. So based off that, Im not sure if I want to subscribe. Souds like Im listening to crappy mp3 downloads.
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            • #7
              That's just XM radio...I've recently hooked it up in my car again after a 3+ year hiatus (originally dropped it because of the lack in quality) and am even more dissapointed in the sound. I wouldn't even say AM on 'roids...

              Maybe a 64 bid MP3 being broadcast over AM radio?
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              • #8
                My sirius is CD quality

                I'd check to make sure the connections are tight and good quality, wrap 'em in electrical tape if you have any couplers involved.

                the problem also could be the quality of your sound-card

                i've never had any quality complaints about sirius, then again, i don't have XM
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                • #9
                  They are both the same. Squeezing too many stations onto too little bandwidth.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by paragraph View Post
                    My sirius is CD quality

                    i've never had any quality complaints about sirius, then again, i don't have XM
                    Please dont take this the wrong way, alot of people dont notice the difference in sound between XM (Siruis) and CD mainly because they don't have the ear for music that a few people on the boards have developed. I for one have XM, (I hate XMs quality but I do use it for about 3hrs a month when I dont feel like listening to the music on the P.C.) My wife also has XM and loves it to her it sounds just as good as the CDs that comes out of her stereo. Kind of like the loudness button feature on radios, Some people use the button because they love the way distortion sounds then they maxout the radio, but myself I would not use the loud button when I had CD players because I could hear a difference in the music other then making it louder.
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                    • #11
                      XM Radio Bitrates as of March 2007
                      Code:
                           Low Transponder                   High Transponder 
                        1 XM Preview        16,384     75 Hear Music           40,960 
                        4 The 40s           24,576     76 Fine Tuning          65,536 
                        5 The 50s           32,768     77 Audio Visions        40,960 
                        6 The 60s           32,768     78 Escape               40,960 
                        7 The 70s           40,960     80 The Move             32,768 
                        8 The 80s           40,960     81 BPM                  32,768 
                        9 The 90s           40,960     82 The System           32,768 
                       10 America           40,960     83 Chrome               32,768 
                       11 Nashville! cm     49,152     84 XM Chill             32,768 
                       12 X Country         40,960     90 Fuego sp             32,768 
                       13 Willie's Place    32,768     91 Viva sp              32,768 
                       14 Bluegrass Juncti  32,768     92 Aguila sp            32,768 
                       15 Folk Village      40,960     94 Caliente sp          32,768 
                       16 Highway 16        40,960    100 Air Musique fr       32,768 
                       17 US Country        40,960    101 The Joint            32,768 
                       20 Top 20 on 20      40,960    102 Sur La Route fr      32,768 
                       21 KISS cm           49,152    110 XM Classics          57,344 
                       22 MIX cm            49,152    112 Vox!                 57,344 
                       23 The Heart         40,960    113 XM Pops              65,536 
                       24 Sunny cm          49,152    115 Radio Disney         32,768 
                       25 The Blend         40,960    116 XM Kids              32,768 
                       26 Flight 26         40,960    121 Fox News             16,384 
                       27 Cinemagic         40,960    122 CNN                  16,384 
                       28 On Broadway       40,960    123 CNN HDLN             16,384 
                       29 U-POP             32,768    124 ABC News & Talk      16,384 
                       30 XM Hitlist        40,960    125 Weather Channel      16,384 
                       32 The Message       32,768    126 CNN en espanol       16,384 
                       33 Spirit            32,768    127 CNBC                 16,384 
                       34 enLighten         32,768    129 Bloomberg News       16,384    4,096 
                       40 Deep Tracks       40,960    131 BBC World Svc        16,384 
                       41 xL Bone Yard      32,768    132 C-Span Radio         16,384 
                       42 xL XMLM           32,768    133 XM Public Radio      32,768 
                       43 XMU               32,768    140 ESPN Radio           16,384 
                       44 Fred              32,768    141 ESPNEWS              16,384 
                       45 XM Cafe           40,960    142 Fox Sports Radio     24,576 
                       46 Top Tracks        40,960    144 XM Sports Nation     16,384 
                       47 Ethel             32,768    145 IndyCar Racing        4,096   16,384 
                       48 xL SquiZZ         32,768    146 PGA TOUR Network      4,096   16,384 
                       49 Big Tracks        40,960    147 XM Deportivo sp      16,384 
                       50 The Loft          40,960    150 xL XM COMEDY         24,576 
                       52 The Verge         32,768    151 Laugh USA            16,384 
                       53 xL Fungus         32,768    152 EXTREME XM           16,384 
                       54 Lucy              32,768    153 xL Laugh Attack      16,384 
                       60 Soul Street       32,768    154 National Lampoon     16,384 
                       62 Suite 62          32,768    155 Take 5               16,384 
                       64 The Groove        32,768    156 Oprah & Friends      24,576 
                       65 xL The Rhyme      32,768    161 WSIX cm              40,960 
                       66 xL RAW            32,768    162 E!                   16,384 
                       67 The City          32,768    163 Sonic Theater        16,384 
                       68 The Heat          32,768    164 Old Time Radio       16,384 
                       70 Real Jazz         40,960    165 Talk Radio           24,576 
                       71 Watercolors       40,960    166 America Right        24,576 
                       72 Beyond Jazz       40,960    167 Air America          16,384 
                       73 High Standards    32,768    168 Fox News Talk        16,384 
                       74 Bluesville        32,768    169 THE POWER            16,384 
                      174 Sports Guide           0    170 FAMILYTALK           16,384 
                      247 Emergency Alert    4,096    171 Open Road            24,576 
                                         ---------    172 Sport Plus fr        16,384 
                         Primary Payload 2,035,712    173 WLW 700              24,576 
                                                      175 MLB Home Plate       16,384 
                                                      176-190 MLB pbp x 14    229,376   16,384 
                                                      190 MLB en Espanol        4,096   16,384 
                                                      191-199 College pbp x 9  36,864  147,456 
                                                      200 XM Live               4,096   32,768 
                                                      202 xL the ViRUS         32,768 
                                                      204 Home Ice             16,384 
                                                      205-209 NHL pbp x 5      81,920   16,384 
                                                      210 Boston                4,096 
                                                      211 New York City         4,096 
                                                      212 Philadelphia          4,096 
                                                      213 Baltimore             4,096 
                                                      214 Washington DC         4,096 
                                                      215 Pittsburgh            4,096 
                                                      216 Detroit               4,096 
                                                      217 Chicago               4,096 
                                                      218 St Louis              4,096 
                                                      219 Minneapolis           4,096 
                                                      220 Seattle               4,096 
                                                      221 San Fancsico          4,096 
                                                      222 Los Angeles           4,096 
                                                      223 San Diego             4,096 
                                                      224 Phoenix               4,096 
                                                      225 Dallas/Ft Worth       4,096 
                                                      226 Houston               4,096 
                                                      227 Atlanta               4,096 
                                                      228 Tampa                 4,096 
                                                      229 Orlando               4,096 
                                                      230 Miami                 4,096 
                                                      244 Canada 360            4,096 
                                                      245 Quoi De Neuf fr       4,096 
                                                                            --------- 
                                                            Primary Payload 2,039,808
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by boomintrac View Post
                        Please dont take this the wrong way, alot of people dont notice the difference in sound between XM (Siruis) and CD mainly because they don't have the ear for music that a few people on the boards have developed. I for one have XM, (I hate XMs quality but I do use it for about 3hrs a month when I dont feel like listening to the music on the P.C.) My wife also has XM and loves it to her it sounds just as good as the CDs that comes out of her stereo. Kind of like the loudness button feature on radios, Some people use the button because they love the way distortion sounds then they maxout the radio, but myself I would not use the loud button when I had CD players because I could hear a difference in the music other then making it louder.
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                        • #13
                          well, i can't tell the difference, and i really don't care sounds good to me and thats all i care about.
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                          • #14
                            For now, for me XM is more about the programming than the quality, kind of like mp3's at first were all lower bitrates because we had much less hard drive storage. Now with bigger drives becoming cheaper and cheaper i'm re-ripping my collection at higher rates and often times as a lossless file.

                            XM did redo something with the bitrates early this month, but i dont know the end results, I believe they redid the VBR math so that a channels bit rate was dependant on what other channels were playing at the time. I could be completely wrong on this.

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                            • #15
                              well, let me try this XM for a month. we'll see.
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