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.
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:
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.
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.
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!