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#1 OFFLINE   sporkinum

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 09:41 PM

I was playing around with the functions of the entertainment system and saw that I had trial SiriusXM enabled. I really cant see why anyone would pay good money for that. The sound quality is worse than FM. Already got one phone call and snail mail from them trying to get me to sign up. They can keep it.









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#2 OFFLINE   MaxLB

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 10:53 AM

Satellite radio is highly compressed to fit as many channels into the bandwidth as possible.  The sound quality is fine for talk radio, but not for music.  I gave up on it a long time ago; especially since terrestrial radio went HD.



#3 OFFLINE   Perry Knopp

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:46 PM

 If you can get it cheap enough it is at least an argument. Lower quality for no commercials. 



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 06:52 AM

I only have one local FM HD station which is my favorite but the rest have horrible programming and commercials.  Unless it's a very long trip, I don't like pulling out my phone to listen to it because that's a PITA and by the time it loads (I don't have strong cellular either) I'm nearly to my usual destinations.  Adding additional data to my family plan (kids) to cover both me and my wife's long commute would just about cover SAT programming costs.   Although the SAT sound quality isn't great, it's clear and we both greatly prefer the non-commercial formats.   I don't live in a big media market so local radio commercials are HORRIBLE and very repetitive (not enough sponsors).  I won't say I gladly pay for programming but I'm very glad it's an option I have.


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#5 OFFLINE   sporkinum

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 09:28 AM

I ended up using a thumb drive with a ton of music on it. That works perfectly, and no commercials.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 11:34 AM

I ended up using a thumb drive with a ton of music on it. That works perfectly, and no commercials.

 

I should have mentioned I've tried that route too.  Most of my music is, well, old.   :hysterical3:   But it's ripped from my CD's so it sounds really good!    :happy feet:



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 06:32 PM

I ended up using a thumb drive with a ton of music on it. That works perfectly, and no commercials.

What format did you use? Did you just copy the music from an Apple or Microsoft music library? Did you take the file structure like it is in the libraries or did you just copy a whole bunch of separate song files?



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 06:02 PM

I copied folders from my Music library directly onto the USB stick and it worked well. 



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 04:28 AM

I agree, but my wife doesn't seem to care, no matter how much I point it out. More often than not, when I'm the driver, I'll bluetooth stream a high quality stream from Google Play Music over the XM subscription.  



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:09 AM

More often than not, when I'm the driver, I'll bluetooth stream a high quality stream from Google Play Music over the XM subscription.  

 

By streaming audio over bluetooth, you are still compressing the music, maybe not as bad as XM does it, but artifacts are still there.  Better to plug your phone into USB.



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:36 PM

Whenever I  try using music from USB drives I always get a copyright error and no music.  What am I doing wrong?



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 08:55 AM

Are you using apple format music, or some weird temporary license stuff like google play off line? try just ripping a CD to standard MP3 format, or if you have a bunch of CDs you bought through Amazon, you can download the music directly from Amazon as MP3.
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Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:18 AM

There may actually be something wrong.  I don't notice a sound quality difference between my iPhone connected to USB vs the SiriusXM that they decided to turn on without me asking.  (I got a letter telling me they had enabled a free trial - they seem desperate to get me to pay them, which isn't going to happen.)



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 12:32 PM

 Back when I was a kid growing up In Cleveland Ohio we had the wonderful radio station. WMMS. One of the long time disk jockeys was Lawrence Travagliante or better known as Kid Leo. He now has a program on Little Stevens Garage channel. Brings back a lot of memories. Most car radio's didn't sound so good then either. LOL



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:15 PM

Are you using apple format music, or some weird temporary license stuff like google play off line? try just ripping a CD to standard MP3 format, or if you have a bunch of CDs you bought through Amazon, you can download the music directly from Amazon as MP3.

Most are music from cd's that I own and copied to the memory.  I have one stick I bought from Jim Massina that was designed to play in the car.  I can plug it into my computer and play it, but when I plug it into the car i get no love.


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 01:08 PM

 Back when I was a kid growing up In Cleveland Ohio we had the wonderful radio station. WMMS. One of the long time disk jockeys was Lawrence Travagliante or better known as Kid Leo. He now has a program on Little Stevens Garage channel. Brings back a lot of memories. Most car radio's didn't sound so good then either. LOL

mms hasn't been the same since he left.


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Posted 24 January 2017 - 08:04 PM

Have you adjusted the audio settings of the stereo?  I found that yes Sirius/XM is not as good fidelity as a local FM station or mp3s however adjusting the trebel and bass and adjusting the option that moves the center of audio around the car.....and there is another setting that has a specific term that escapes me now but it moves the audio according to whether the audio is centered for the driver or passengers.  My Sirius audio for the CMax has been adjusted by my trial and error and it sounds plenty decent.  We often go on long drives in the car and being able to keep so many audio sources on such a long trip is pretty nice.  By the way if you really want to hear bad audio on Sirius listen to the Canadian music stations....the content is decent but audio wise they must actually TRY to make those stations sound inhumane. 



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Posted 30 July 2017 - 07:43 PM

To my ears, Sirius music is unbearable, a synthetic simulation of real sound. I'd rather hear nothing at all, but I have many other choices as close as my phone. 










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