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Sirius sounds great since the update ! They touch the sound and Im going to drive to NY and put my foot up someones --- !DONT TOUCH IT .
This is the way sirius should be sounding ,it is 2009 ,Theres STEREO finally !
 
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leth

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Any channels in particular? Or all of them?

I haven't had much listening time today (had to unplug my reciver so I could charge the cell phone; I really need to wire up a second outlet.) I will have to wait until the drive in to work tomorrow morning.
 

satrad65

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XM is sounding great since the merger! I have always thought XM sounded great, and that opinion has not changed. ;)
 

geosync

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Just listened to a variety of tunes on both sides. I have to say, there is some separation in the snares from low end stuff on the Sirius side now. Less mono sounding. As for XM, the bass, and percussives of songs are just 'livelier' and also louder on the same volume settings. Still, vocals on Sirius are still superior, XM's are sloppily overly digitized sounding. So for me Sirius does sound more like stereo sound today, and all XM needs to do is correct the vocal hiss on that side.
 

Dragline

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I'd love nothing more than to be able to agree with you guys, but I can't. The sound quality on Sirius is terrible. Some channels in particular where I notice how bad it is:

Liquid Metal
Real Jazz
Lithium
Boneyard
Hair Nation

The most obvious thing that sticks out are the drums. Cymbals have that wishy-washy sound, and when there is a fill, it sounds like the drums are under water. To me, it sounds like I'm listening to streaming audio over a dial-up connection. I'd be very happy if the satellite-based music sounded like the Premium Internet stream. But, I doubt that will ever happen.

For what it's worth, I'm listening on a factory installed receiver. Everything in the car sounds great (CDs, MP3s via a USB connection, etc.), just not Sirius.
 

VinnyM27

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It's funny. I compared a song I taped from the radio to the exact track I took from a CD (granted, a budget CD...one of those 20th century deals) and I think the one from the radio was much better! The sound quality is great.
 

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I have noticed a great sound improvement on my end. My favorites, BPM, 20on20, the Pulse, Frank Sinatra, etc are sounds louder and more clearer. Very pleased. For a while those channels were sounds quite bad.
 

tsave31

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I was listening to the Jay Thomas Show on Sirius XM Stars, Too yesterday and the SQ drastically improved compared to what it normally is playing at...I was very impressed. They don't sound like they are talking in a tin can anymore!
 

limegrass69

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It's funny. I compared a song I taped from the radio to the exact track I took from a CD (granted, a budget CD...one of those 20th century deals) and I think the one from the radio was much better! The sound quality is great.
If done well, radio station audio processing can really add a lot to music. You need an engineer with a good ear, and management who understands music presentation. Most of the time though, in an attempt to sound loud, you end up with all sorts of distortion and clipping, etc.
 

limegrass69

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With respect to Sirius sound quality, to my ears, it seems to come and go. Sometimes it sounds awesome, and at other times it sounds like a really bad mp3.
 

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I'd love nothing more than to be able to agree with you guys, but I can't. The sound quality on Sirius is terrible. Some channels in particular where I notice how bad it is:

Liquid Metal
Real Jazz
Lithium
Boneyard
Hair Nation

The most obvious thing that sticks out are the drums. Cymbals have that wishy-washy sound, and when there is a fill, it sounds like the drums are under water. To me, it sounds like I'm listening to streaming audio over a dial-up connection. I'd be very happy if the satellite-based music sounded like the Premium Internet stream. But, I doubt that will ever happen.

For what it's worth, I'm listening on a factory installed receiver. Everything in the car sounds great (CDs, MP3s via a USB connection, etc.), just not Sirius.
Yeah ditto. I haven't listened to music today but I commented last night to a passenger as Sirius Lithium was playing that I couldn't beleive how bad it sounded. No highs, sounded like AM.:(
 

leth

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I listened to Classic Vinyl for an hour today and I think it's improved.

I wasn't sure at first until a Zeppelin song came on (I have their discography and have listened to it a dozen times so I know what their songs should sound like), and the drums sounded a lot better than what they did before.

I did notice certain songs seemed to sound worse than other; maybe it's this "dynamic bandwidth allocation" thing I've heard about (if that's even true?) And maybe only certain channels are improved?

Either way, I would say there's definately an improvement.
 

crazeecarroll

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For my ears it depends on what time of day I listen. During the mornings and afternoons a lot of the channels sounds lively, but once the sports start cranking up then the sound quality goes to hell in a handbag... The other morning while heading to work Hair Nation sounded the best I had ever heard it, but by the time I came home some 32K AAC sounded better than Hair Nation did... CC
 

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The real test comes when you get done listening to the music from your iPod in your car, then you switch over to XM. You hear just how bad XM really is.
 

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The real test comes when you get done listening to the music from your iPod in your car, then you switch over to XM. You hear just how bad XM really is.
Yeah. Take the song "Lady Picture Show" by Stone Temple Pilots.

On my iTunes version of the song, I can hear a lot of bass during the opening few notes in the left side of my cheapo $20 headphones.

I recorded the song through my Stiletto and when I play that version through the same headphones, the bass isn't as noticeable.
 

rpv173

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Sirius sounds great since the update ! They touch the sound and Im going to drive to NY and put my foot up someones --- !DONT TOUCH IT .
This is the way sirius should be sounding ,it is 2009 ,Theres STEREO finally !
Yea tonight i was driving home from my cousins house and i was blasting some house music from the 90s channel. Bass sounded awesome. CD quality. Then i turned on FM and WOW, what a difference!
 
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Yea tonight i was driving home from my cousins house and i was blasting some house music from the 90s channel. Bass sounded awesome. CD quality. Then i turned on FM and WOW, what a difference!
IS fm or sirius better ? (cant tell from the post ) .



As far as the channels I listened to when I noticed a better SQ ,64 (willies place).
backspin (much better than others) ,a few others.

Since my post 70s and 80s took a nose dive. Stereo has gone bye bye.
Weirdest thing .
 
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Sq hit the wall again !

Sound quality totally sucks now! THANKS SIRIUS! (TIME TO CANCEL,IM DONE!)
Now its low AND MUDDY.Ive had it-
 

geosync

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I listen to the rap channels a lot, and on my Inno Shade 45, and Hip Hop Nation's sound level appears it has been turned down. I turn the radio all the way up now and I still could take a bit more. Maybe I've just blown my ears out more since the channel merger too though.:eek:mfg: