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Old 08-27-2008, 12:37 AM   #1
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I'm just researching Sat Radio the past 2 weeks - my main concern is; the headaches that I hear from Sirius users about connection falling in and out and being very hard to get at home.
I am not at all a Howard fan, however I'm a Ferral guy and Love Mad Dog whose getting his own dual channel.
Be honest, are you happy with the quality of connection, PNP receiver that you have, and channel lineup?
I ask because Xm is also giving Mad Dog his own Channel and Stern will most likely be available on XM.
What would be the reason/ sell for me to get Sirius?
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:56 AM   #2
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I've never had XM, so I can't offer advice on which service you might prefer. Definitely check out the 3 day trial on each though, if possible.

I've been with Sirius since 2004. I love it! I think the music channel line-up is great. Always many good songs to choose from.

As long as you can get your antenna up high, with a clear view of the sky, you should have no problem getting a clear signal. I've had the same PNP receiver for these four years. It's worked very well for me in the car and house.

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Old 08-27-2008, 07:24 AM   #3
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I love it too.
I get great reception in the car (where I mostly use sirius) and have had both the stiletto and s2.
at home, I just stuck the home dock antenna out my window and get perfect reception.
People who live in the city, where the building block sky view, tend to complain more.. but many cities have repeaters that will take care of any reception issues.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:36 AM   #4
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XM sats are line of sight to the southern sky. If you have a lock on them you will always have a lock since the SATS do not move relative to the surface of the earth. An antenna on a windowsill works great for XM.

Sirius' sats move in the sky. The general rule for Sirius is if you have a window facing North Dakota or can get your antenna outside you will be ok. I have perfect Sirius reception with my antenna on my windowsill of my N window. The antenna faces W which is facing ND. I get solid reception of 1-2 bars (occassionally 3).

For music content, Sirius is more hit based music. The music is almost always recognizable but fairly repedative. XM plays deeper stuff but is not as repetative (but you may not know every song). Try the free online 3 day preview of both services and see which one you like better. Keep in mind your receiver will sound better in terms of quality than the internet streams of either services preview service.

All this may change in 1-2 months once they sort out the merger lineup. If you want to buy now I would suggest finding the cheapest Sirius or XM receiver and get yourself hooked up. This will allow you to change your mind once the merger is decided and not be out a whole bunch of money.
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My reception is so so.
I live in an area with a lot of large trees so often the cutting in and out makes it unbearable to listen to in the car. I usually use my "boom cube" at work but I often find I have to move the antenna several times a day to keep my reception. Some days it's so annoying I end up listening to FM
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:40 AM   #6
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I've never heard XM long enough to form an opinion on their content but as far as Sirius I've never had a problem with reception except for when my antenna fails. I've changed 2 of the antennas so far in 18 months. If your not a fan of Howard or any other specific on-air talent than I don't know what would drive a subscriber to Sirius over XM and vise versa except for hardware. If I didn't like Howard I would have probably would have chosen XM because of the better hardware reviews that I read. Sorry if I wasn't much help
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I have had Sirius for about a year now, and been totally satisfied. Here in So. Colorado, terrestrial radio is spotty, so a majority of people have satellite radio. I have had discussions with people that are on XM, and the only noteworthy difference is that they have MLB (if you are a baseball fan) and maybe more college football. The top three things that made up my mind between the two were Howard (occasional listener), NASCAR radio, and Radio Margaritaville. I do wish that some of the programs on XM were on Sirius, but I am happier with the line up here. Equipment wise, I started with a Starmate 3 (which my girlfriend has), and the stiletto 10 and Stiletto 2 (which I still have). I have never had a problem with reception, but everything around here is pretty open, and been happy with the functionality of all the equipment.
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I am a Sirius lifer but strongly suggest you give each a 3 day trail and focus on your favorite type music. I personally think XM is programmed better on the music channels and Sirius has better talk programming. I get tired of Sirius music a lot because they focus on best of the best songs like FM. The problem is I bought sat radio to get away from that type of music programming. I know some people want FM without commercials so choose wisely and take your time. I personally would wait until they come out with radios that get both.

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Depends on your geography and proximity to large cities, etc. I live in the SF Bay Area and have little to no problem with signal issues. Some overpasses, but not all, will cause a momentary outage, like a second or less usually and that goes away once I get closer to the Bay thanks to repeaters. When we travel in the high Sierras, some stretches with lots of large trees can cause trouble and it's a little spotty in the place we go camping near Tahoe, but by comparison, there's hardly any terr. radio signal up there either.

At home, I have a car antenna on the top of a light fixture in the garage. Gets a solid signal 99% of the time. Have more trouble with signal in the house, but I usually just run it in the garage and use the FM trans.

I have an S50 and its been pretty good for the most part, after some initial issues with the devices. I highly recommend one of the portable devices that records and plays MP3s, etc. Having Loved songs on my device has been key to my enjoyment. If I'm in an area of poor signal, I just do a shuffle of my saved songs and it fills in the gap. They are also GREAT for talk shows. It's like an audio Tivo. I wouldn't get half as much listening out of Sirius without the timeshifting capabilities.
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I believe that both have free 3 day trials so try that and see which music channels you like better. Although I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they combine everything and make similar channels the same. You know so that the 80's channel will be the same on each, etc.

As for drop outs and having trouble at home, you will find that two types of people are having that. Those who don't realize that they need a direct line of sight and think the antenna can be in their basement and those who can't do anything about having problems with line of site like those under a lot of trees or surrounded by tall buildings. For home use, use the internet stream that s included or put an antenna on your roof or ledge that is on the correct side of your house. For the most part if the north side of your house is clear, you'll be fine. The satellites move so having it on the roof will help to maintain some contact and you most likely won't lose the signal. There are extension cables if needed. The antenna in car kits now are slightly better than the older ones and I have to be in thick tree cover to drop the signal.
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:53 AM   #11
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I have the stiletto 2 and get perfect reception everywhere! I had a few old radios and the ones I find best are : Stiletto2 ,Sportster replay 2 and the cheapy $29 one stratus 4 .If you take the home antenna(the one that folds) and throw it in the rain gutter so it faces up mine is flat with the house roof ,you get perfect reception(no theres no repeaters).Antennas should ALWAYS be as high as possible and sirius antennas should be on your car roof.So think ROOF ROOF! well it is a dogstar....
Xm sound is worse than sirius,sirius plays more hit music where Xm plays more oddbal tracks.
Depends what you want but sirius is far better,in my opinion.

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