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Old 09-14-2005, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default Sirius vs. XM, S50 vs. Samsung, etc... Sept 2005 update

To XM or Sirius, that is the question. Just so there is full disclosure, I currently have four XM subscriptions: 2 cars, polk/home, myfi. When I got my first subscription a few years ago the financial viability of both of these companies was in question and XM had more subscribers so I figured that was the safer bet. Although XM has more subscribers today I think the market cap of Sirius is greater and regardless the long term financial viability of both of these companies can not be questioned. So I ask myself, today would I make the same decision. My primary considerations are as follows:

1. Content – my sense is that Sirius may be pulling ahead with Mel on board. Stern, Martha, and even the music channels seem more focused.

2. Hardware – Originally XM had the lead with the polk and myfi units but the S50 may have the edge over the Sansung unit. This future decision is actually what has prompted the broader question. Do I really use the live feature of the myfi much? Not really but when I do it is pretty nice. Where is XM’s big announcement of the next generation myfi which is 2/3rds the size and with 2-4 gigs? Also, as an aside, can some one clarify if Sirius has the same number of repeaters as XM? I have read that the reason Sirius will not come out with a live portable unit is that they don’t have repeater coverage. I use my myfi in my office in NYC with the docking station and althougth my office faces north I can get a strong repeater signal. Does this mean I won’t be able to use an S50 with it’s docking station in my office? Sorry for getting side tracked here but it’s important.

3. Quality of sound – I have read that Sirius has better sound quality due to their multiplexing technology but I have also read that XM is better because they use 3G chips vs. 2G. Can I get a real answer here? Also, how would the quality compare to a standard mp3? I consider “CD” quality sound as using Apple lossless technology and I suspect both fall far short but which is better?

4. What am I missing? Price is the same, etc…

Thanks for all your feedback in advance. I’m a big satellite radio fan but I’m wondering if I would make the same decision again or should diversity. I’m going to post this on both an XM and Sirius forum so it will be interesting to see the feedback.
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