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Old 11-12-2003, 08:42 PM   #1
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I am an XM subscriber. I have had it for a year now and am very happy, but I have seen some programming on Sirius that I would also like to get. I have ordered an Audiovox PnP2. As soon as I get it I will be subscribing to Sirius, also. I am thinking about getting my father a radio for Christmas. I think he may like the Sirius programming better than XM's. The only concern I have is I keep hearing about echo on the different channels. I have not noticed this on XM. What has anyone noticed with this? He usually listens to classical music so I am most interested in what classical music channel listners have to say.
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Old 11-12-2003, 09:01 PM   #2
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Welcome to Sirius.

I had XM for four months and then I got the Brix Streamer (PNP2) with the FM Transceiver in the cradle and its wonderful. The classical stations are great, and the Jazz and Blues, too.

I switched because I was sick of the commercials and the content on some of the stations that I liked listening to.
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Old 11-15-2003, 05:12 PM   #3
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The folks managing SiriusBackstage.com have apparently instituted a moratorium on sound quality discussion (presumably because it breaks out into a war every time the topic comes up). So I'm not sure if I'm allowed to tell you that I'm very happy with the sound quality of the Jazz-related channels on Sirius so I suspect the classical channels are fine too. But you should definitely not be expecting CD quality from either Sirius or XM. Both are very noticeably inferior to CDs. But they are both a heck of a lot cheaper than buying thousands of CDs. So it's a tradeoff. I still buy CDs because I like instant access to artists I like to listen to. But I typically listen to Sirius all day long at work using headphones (with a $5.99 volume control from Radio Shack).

Feel free to "PM" me if you have any more questions and/or this thread gets locked due to the moratorium.
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The only concern I have is I keep hearing about echo on the different channels. I have not noticed this on XM. What has anyone noticed with this? He usually listens to classical music so I am most interested in what classical music channel listners have to say.
The talk channels a few months ago sounded like people were talking in an empty room, but that has been resolved. Tht talk channels sound much better but the quality isn't quite as good as XM's from what I hear. The Music channels are fairly close in quality and some would argue on either side of one being better than the other. Unless he is a conductor of an orchestra, I think he will fine the sound quality of the classical streams to be very good.

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Thanks for the input. I saw the post for the free Streamer with a year's subscription. I have ordered this for my Dad. I think he will like Sirius since it doesn't have commercials. He refuses to get cable TV since he says if he has to pay for it, he shouldn't be subjected to commercials. If the sound quality is similar to XM he should be very happy.
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I listen to Sirius Classical streams all the time. My favorite is Vista and there is no comparison to XM for this type of consistant chamber music.

Sound quality is very subjective. The only thing you can do is set up a test for both systems and plug XM and Sirius in and test it for yourself. Sound is something that really depends on the equipment you play it on and the wiring. I have done it with my home stereo and the delphi and H2A. Hands down, Sirius sounds better on my home stereo.

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I listened to classical for several hours today and I was very happy with the quality. I think the closer the music you listen to resembles noise (e.g., heavy metal rock), the less happy you'll be. But the closer the music you listen to resembles, well, music, the happier you'll be.

One thing is for sure, the quality of classical on Sirius is MUCH better than FM radio. FM radio always has background hiss and there is no hiss on satellite radio (unless the original recording was analog, of course).
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Old 11-20-2003, 11:36 PM   #8
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The programming for Vista is vastly superior to what is available on XM. Having both services I have found that for certain music genres such as Standards, XM stands out but as far as the type of programming on Vista, XM cannot touch it. I do believe the sound quality to be slightly better. Xm signal quality has been improving and the two services are very close in quality. I would not say CD quality but surely better than terrestrial fm.
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Old 12-11-2003, 10:38 PM   #9
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I had Sirius in car and XM at home. I have recently switched to Sirius at home. It is because of the quality of the Sirius Classical stations in comparison to XM that I choose to make this change.

These are the reasons I prefer Sirius Classical:

1) The stations are better segregated. If I want some more quiet music--VISTA or if I want more orchestration-SYMPHONY. This is not nearly as well segregated on XM. As a result on XM you may be mellowing to Vivaldi and all of a sudden Tchaikovsky's 6th comes booming at you.

2) The Sirius classical stream jockeys are actually pretty sharp.

3) XM had (not sure if they still do) this show called 'Night Moves" during which a woman would read one like of some gooey script and follow it with 10 seconds of music then more gab. If went something like the:
Talking Woman: The air was warm the water was cold, this mist flowed.
Music: Do de do de do....for a few seconds
Talking woman: The mist settled on the mellowed wood fallen from trees
Music: Do de do de dum. I mean real DUMB!

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Old 12-12-2003, 06:58 AM   #10
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Uncle Boomsky -

Great post - thank you. I have been looking for an opinion on the XM classical streams - as you may be able to tell by my posts in the other classical thread in this topic, I am convinced of the great quality of the Sirius classical offerings, but had not heard anything about the XM streams. This clears it up nicely, even though I was already completely sold.

Beethoven's Ninth is coming across right now.....aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!
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Come Jan 19--every thing I said becomes invalid.

BLECH!

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