How's the SQ? If it's no better than Sirius, or worse than 128k iPod, I won't get one. If it's at least as good as 128K iPod I probably will.
doesn't the g2 have bass and trebble? G1 doesn't.The online stream or the player? The online stream is just as good as a 128k iPod. The player is somewhere between said iPod and Sirius (Sirius being on the low end of the scale of course), closer to the iPod.
The G2 blows away satellite sound quality. Using the same 3.5mm jack to RCA cables into the AUX in on my headunit, XM sounded like utter shit, the G2 sounds AMAZING in comparison. There is true stereo seperation, great bass, nice highs. NO ARTIFACTS. Can't even think of anything to complain about.
The SQ discussion is always a tough one because there are so many variables, but there is little doubt that the SQ of Slacker is head and shoulders better than Sirius XM. The Web Player and the iPod Touch when connected via Wifi is 128kb MP3 and the G1/G2 is 40kb AAC+
My ears can hardly tell a difference between the web/iPod and the G1/G2. I've seen very, very few complaints in regards to SQ on the Slacker support forums and most of the time those that have complained admit they are audiophiles and likely have unreal expectations.
Is this a fact? The SQ is amazing considering how low the bite rate is. I myself would've thought it was around mid 50's or so.
I hate audiophiles, they have unreal expectation of EVERYTHING. I've never seen one say anything sounds good.
I could not agree with yo more in terms of Audiophiles, I have little tolerence for them. I guess it would be about as much tolerance as they have with SQ. LOL
I consider myself a little bit of an audiophile (Please don't hate me DAB :shock.
No DAWG, you are just a tad bit picky, but not a true blue Audiophile! There is a huge difference. I am sort of like you in a sense, I can certainly tell a difference in most cases. The real audiophile though just absolutely can't tolerate any type difference in SQ without going totally Bizerk! (How ever you spell it) LOL
Yeah, anyone who who is so picky about audio quality that they have a playstation 1 and let it warm up for 4hrs cause it's TOTALLY THE BEST CD PLAYER EVER should shoot themselves now and get it over with.
I can tell a big difference since I got my G1. Now I've heard a couple songs that sounded really bad but they were older songs and I'm chalking it up to a bad source to begin with or just a bad rip into the Slacker music database. I don't blame the portable for it.
I consider myself a little bit of an audiophile (Please don't hate me DAB :shock. I'm not picky about equipment or anything but I can definitely tell the difference between a 128k AAC-LC file and the original CD on decent speakers or headphones. However, to my ears, Sirius-XM is pushing their luck a little TOO much. Slacker, like I said, although I can hear slight artifacting, is nothing to really complain about and definitely understandable for how small the device is and the bandwidth requirements. I'd say it's comparable to CD quality, but not quite there.
Well yes, a 128k AAC-LC file is close to around a 160k mp3, and what the player is using is 40k AACPlus V2, so it has spectral band replication and parametric stereo. The closest satellite provider is XM which is just AACPlus V1 which just has SBR, and I'm willing to bet its probably is in the low 30k range. I've been personally messing with V1 and V2 files on my phone for a year or two, and while the difference is only around 10k it sometimes drastically makes a difference in quality. If you think Slacker sounds good at 40k a 48k stream is basically seamless to me.
A good place to basically preview how Slacker kind of sounds is by listening to some of the aac shoutcast streams available on shoutcast, or tuner2.com. Make sure you are using a recent version of winamp 5, or the plugin on the tuner2 site or you'll only hear the LC compatible part of the stream.