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Old 01-09-2007, 03:01 PM   #16
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Let me say, again, thanks for the replys. Y'all have put my mind at ease and I certainly know where to turn in the event I do experience any problems.

This is a GREAT site with alot of very informed members.
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:28 PM   #17
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Geography has nothing to do with dropouts/signal loss - but your proximity to trees, tall buildings, etc., does. I only lose signal in tunnels. And don't try to place an antenna indoors. Indoor reception is an area where XM has a clear advantage, but if you get the antenna outside, it's no biggie. I mean, you wouldn't expect to receive satellite TV with the dish indoors, would you?

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Old 01-09-2007, 03:35 PM   #18
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Go get a radio from a local retailer that has a 30 day return policy. Nothing risked there. Once you have it working you will be hooked.
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:47 PM   #19
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I'm a new subscriber as of Christmas... Love it. Never had a drop out. There are no repeaters in my area, so I need to have an antenna outside, but other than that... awesome...

My brother subscribed a year ago since Howard started. never had a problem. Same with my father.

How many problems do you read on here? Probably hundreds... How many subscribers are there? 6 million.

So...... If you've read 500 complaining subscribers on here, they represent .000083 od the subscriber base. Now granted not everyone who has a problem posts it here. But very few people who have no problems spend their time searching down this forum just to log on and post:
"Hi I subscribe to Sirius and I can hear it when I turn the radio on, and nothing has broken yet..."

So what should you do????

Simple..... Get Sirius... Don't pre-pay for a long time.. Buy the entended warranty on the equipment from a retailer that will handle your exchange at the store.

Should your radio ever break or you have problems, return it for a new one, stop your subscription, put the new radio on ebay, and you'll probably make up 75% of your initial investment.

Although, I bet that if you like music, or like Howard, or have long commutes to work.... You'll probably get hooked on Sirius during the first month.
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Let me say, again, thanks for the replys. Y'all have put my mind at ease and I certainly know where to turn in the event I do experience any problems.

This is a GREAT site with alot of very informed members.

generally i'm sure people have success with SIRIUS. however to me it's very telling when a portion of customers have very, very similar issues. how many people have been burned on this 'plug n play' idea they pushed? how many people had HORRIBLE times with customer service? how many people had radios break within weeks of by-the-book use?

while the content is a tasty slice, the whole pie doesn't taste very good.

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Old 01-09-2007, 07:03 PM   #21
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Obviously this is my first post and my third time to visit this site. I joined the site for info on a good clean install and general info on the Sirius systems.

I have yet to buy my system and, quite frankly, I'm having second thoughts about going with Sirius. I just finished reading the thread about signal drop-outs and that's got me really concerned about Sirius. I currently live SE of Austin and, in a couple of months, will be moving to the Mesquite area. Are these areas prone to these "acquiring satellite signal" problems?

Then there also seems to be an issue with customer service.

Does everyone experience constant problems or am only seeing the problems and not the good stuff about Sirius?

Sorry for the long post and newbie concerns, but I want to make an informed decision before shelling out hard-earned dollars.

All responses greatly appreciated.
My brother lives in Niederwald, TX, which I am sure is near you (south of Austin), he has Sirius and has no problems.
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The signal is fine in Mesquite. Texas actually has an excellent signal compared to the Northeast (Where I'm originally from). Both sats are always high on the horizon.
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Losing the signal will be the least of your problems. If you can tolerate medium to low sound quality than you will be very happy. If you are expecting FM Stereo / MP3 or CD quality you will be dissapointed. Many will tell you that the sound quality is a function of your stereo or your install. The truth is that no matter what you do, some music stations sound better than others (eg. Channel 1) and others are terrible (eg. Channel 2). Just hope that Sirius has chosen to broadcast the channels you like with a relatively decent sould quality.
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I even buy it for my girlfriend so I can share the love.
I had to get it for my wife so when riding in her car I wouldn't have to listen to FM and/or Amy Grant CDs.... :-O
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Old 01-10-2007, 07:47 AM   #25
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Losing the signal will be the least of your problems. If you can tolerate medium to low sound quality than you will be very happy. If you are expecting FM Stereo / MP3 or CD quality you will be dissapointed. Many will tell you that the sound quality is a function of your stereo or your install. The truth is that no matter what you do, some music stations sound better than others (eg. Channel 1) and others are terrible (eg. Channel 2). Just hope that Sirius has chosen to broadcast the channels you like with a relatively decent sould quality.
This is just wrong. My sound quality is as good or better than FM. And MP3 quality is shit, so that makes no sense to me.
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This is just wrong. My sound quality is as good or better than FM. And MP3 quality is shit, so that makes no sense to me.
I'm with you, when I listen to my Stiletto the sound quality is better than what I used to get with my am/fm walkman.
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I'm with you, when I listen to my Stiletto the sound quality is better than what I used to get with my am/fm walkman.
I spent about $1500 on a new stereo, speakers, subwoofer, and amp. Actually, probably closer to $2000. I crank that shit and it sounds pretty damn good. I of course am using an auxilary input.
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Obviously this is my first post and my third time to visit this site. I joined the site for info on a good clean install and general info on the Sirius systems.

I have yet to buy my system and, quite frankly, I'm having second thoughts about going with Sirius. I just finished reading the thread about signal drop-outs and that's got me really concerned about Sirius. I currently live SE of Austin and, in a couple of months, will be moving to the Mesquite area. Are these areas prone to these "acquiring satellite signal" problems?
Speaking for the Austin area - I live on the SW side - reception is really good. If you know Austin at all, the Sirius repeater is on top of Dobie Mall, near the UT campus so reception is really good. You should be fine.
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A clear strong FM station sounds much better than Sirius. And yes, I have an aux connection. It's just the way it is unfortunately. Sirius is neither "WOW", nor is it "EWW", it's just "blah". Of course wait a week and it'll change for the better for about a day or two before reverting back to blah. It's been this way for years.

I think it has more to do with the deaf morons playing with the sound processing than the bandwidth or codec itself. Take Hits 1 for example. It doesn't have anymore bandwidth than Octane 20, but it sounds better because they've set the (Orban) optimod to produce better mids and highs for that channel. It's a typical setting for a CHR (top 40) station, however, considering the lossy codec, it should be applied to all of them.
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Hello from Monterey California,

I have had Sirius for nearly 2 years now and I Love it very much. I have it in my House and also in my Car.
The one in my House works great. I have an external Antenna mounted outside that I bought and this helps with my signals etc. As far as the Unit in my House goes I have never had problems with signals or sound quality..
Now as far as my Car goes.
I have the S50 Reciever. I have moved the antenna to all areas of my car but as of today am getting alot of static.
I spoke with Sirius Customer Service who are always polite and try the best to assist their customers. Anyway I was told that sometimes it meaning signal and sound quality can be poor do to weather changes and things happening in Orbit.... That makes sense to me and I will try the unit in my car again tomorrow.
And Sirius Customer service said if it doesn't improve to let them know so they can help me out. As far as their Customer service is concerned they are real good..... Hope this helps you out with your decision.....
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