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Old 01-02-2007, 01:42 PM   #1
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After my direct wired install to my Alpine deck (CDA7984) the sound quality was not what I expected. The digital sound from the stations is what I was expecting not to get. It doesn't sound much better than when I was using the FM transmitter to receive the broadcast. I am using the AUX on the deck to listen through.

Are there any settings I may be missing? Or is it the ST2 that I a using.
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People need to understand that DIGITAL SOUND does not mean BETTER SOUND. In fact, a lot of the harmonics of the analog sound is lost when it's digitally converted and compressed. (96k-128k MP3s for example.)

Your ears will adjust.
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No static though, right? That's an upgrade from terrestrial radio.
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Very true. No more tinfoil antennas for me!
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see i completely agree with u that theres no static...but i say the same thing...i thought the sound quality would be BETTER in digital, not quieter/worse. I too have it directly installed in a kenwood deck but I often find myself listening to terrestrial and cds anyway just because of the fact that its so much louder and i dont even know how to describe it...it just sounds better that way. come on sirius please!
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I thought it was advertised to be CD quality sound. Maybe i'm thinking of a different commercial.
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It's only quiet because it's not directly connected to the unit. Everytime you rely on a piece of electronics to "rebroadcast" the signal, subtract X amount of dbl and add about 5% distortion.

The only reason I feel most people haven't "heard" sat radio is cause I've heard it through a Model 88 desk radio and it sounded FRIKKIN CLEAR. This was using a Sportster Replay connected to the CD input.
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You need to adjust your EQ settings. When I connect my Alp-Sir1 tuner to my Alpine it sounded flat using the same EQ settings that sounded great on FM. After spending some time tweaking the EQ it sound GREAT! But as mentioned you do need to let your ears adjust to the Digital sound.








It is listed as CD quality sound on the back of their brouchers (sp).

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see i completely agree with u that theres no static...but i say the same thing...i thought the sound quality would be BETTER in digital, not quieter/worse. I too have it directly installed in a kenwood deck but I often find myself listening to terrestrial and cds anyway just because of the fact that its so much louder and i dont even know how to describe it...it just sounds better that way. come on sirius please!
like others have said, "digital" doesn't necessarily mean "better", it just means ones and zeros instead of a waveform .

I also use my EQ to improve the sound quality of my sirius install. I don't have to sculpt it too much, but just a tweak here and there. I am running a Starbase into the aux input of a Pioneer headunit. I also run a line driver between the sirius tuner and headunit to boost the audio level to match my FM radio and CD player. That also made a HUGE difference in my opinion. It might be my imagination but the boost provided by the line amp really did make it sound "fuller" to my ears.

So there are things you can do to try and get it to match your expectations. But since everybody has a different opinion of what is good, bad, and acceptable when it comes to sound quality there isn't one simple cure that will help everyone.
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I thought it was advertised to be CD quality sound. Maybe i'm thinking of a different commercial.
"CD Quality Sound" is a marketing term that's effectively meaningless... it's applied down to stuff as horrible as, e.g., 32kbps bitstreams.

That being said, I'm happy with the sound of my Sirius. If I'm stopped at a light or sitting in my driveway, sure, I can tell the quality isn't as good as a good CD player through headphones or a good stereo... but as soon as the car is moving, there's enough road noise that it sounds just as good as any other audio source available.

Note this is in a little tin-can Honda Civic -- people with higher-end cars that are actually *quiet* inside while moving probably do have good reason to complain. :-)
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"CD Quality Sound" is a marketing term that's effectively meaningless... it's applied down to stuff as horrible as, e.g., 32kbps bitstreams.

That being said, I'm happy with the sound of my Sirius. If I'm stopped at a light or sitting in my driveway, sure, I can tell the quality isn't as good as a good CD player through headphones or a good stereo... but as soon as the car is moving, there's enough road noise that it sounds just as good as any other audio source available.

Note this is in a little tin-can Honda Civic -- people with higher-end cars that are actually *quiet* inside while moving probably do have good reason to complain. :-)
They don't advertise "CD Quality" anymore. However, they seem to still be using really old pamphlets even in their newest radios (hence gnet158's comment about seeing it on a brocheure). I just picked up a SCH1 and it included a brocheure that didn't even mention Howard Stern. This receiver hasn't been on the market all that long and they've had Howard on their brocheures for over a year. They must have a warehouse full of outdated brocheures that they are still packaging with new radios.
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