I'm not exactly sure this is related, but I've been streaming with the phone app in the car for a long time, while my wife always has a new car with sat built-in. Her car sounds fine. But I recently bought a low-mileage older car (2008), and activated the 3-month free trial on the built-in sat. It sounded bad: muddy, boomy, glassy, smeared. In comparison, streaming in the car sounds great: super clean, punchy, detailed. I let the trial run out.Ok thanks. I feel better now. I didn't notice any change from 2020. The moment I went to all access from a 6 month select it sounded bad. Howard sounded bad and then everything sounded bad. I thought maybe they're trying to slowly let the old radios fade out like apple does with their updates. But it sounded just as bad in the wife's car. I sent a letter and cried and moaned to the tech team. Maybe it's sounded bad for a while? The portable only had select (and I didn't notice it?), the app sounds less bad (which I used for stern) but never noticed it in the wife's car because I don't drive her car. Maybe I've been insulated for the slide downward in quality. But my new car had a 3 month all access run from November-February and things sounded normal, but maybe not. I'm all sorts of confused.
At this very moment I'm considering loading on of these players with all access. I just need to get away from the phone usage and have a dedicated player.