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Old 08-30-2005, 09:00 PM   #16
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Yeah Sirius' weakest link is not having a consistent home reception. Sure, the vehicle market is probably greater for sat radio but XM seems to be getting the OEM deals. But as far as Sirius' home reception, I can imagine the average consumer giving up in a matter of hours and returning it because they couldn't get their signal going, and possibly trading it for an XM radio? Who wants to spent another $50 on an antenna extension, plus the cradle to install it in. I live about 15-20 miles from Los Angeles and HAVE to place my antenna outside to get a consistent signal while XM I can just play my antenna on a surface and it's good-to-go. I don't even need to be close to a window. I hope Sirius does deal with this issue soon because it's a big problem!

As far as programming I've noticed Sirius is a little more aggressive on grabbing new content and music channels than XM. Even when I prefer XM's music channels (Sirius can get too stale at times) I think Sirius has the reputation of being more content-driven.
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Old 09-07-2005, 09:30 PM   #17
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Hey Guys....i am a new member of the serius family and am enjoying it so far. I agree witht the listeners who experience more blinks of interruption with trees and line of sight objects. XM did not falter as much...anyway I am psyched to have it and would like to know if its serius' plan to dedicate a station a month to a great band like the stones..CH99...? This would be cool...zeppelin...the dead....all the greats...1 every month.

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Old 09-07-2005, 11:15 PM   #18
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Hey Guys....i am a new member of the serius family and am enjoying it so far. I agree witht the listeners who experience more blinks of interruption with trees and line of sight objects. XM did not falter as much...anyway I am psyched to have it and would like to know if its serius' plan to dedicate a station a month to a great band like the stones..CH99...? This would be cool...zeppelin...the dead....all the greats...1 every month.

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That would be cool but I dont see that coming any time soon.
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Old 09-07-2005, 11:28 PM   #19
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First off ... I think I counted 3 new people in this thread. That's awesome! Nice work getting Sirius

So here is what I my experience with reception.

I have Sirius in my car and in my house.

It was tricky to find a good signal in my house, finally had to mount it on the top of my roof.

I have heard of people having trouble with reception in their cars but I have never really had a problem. I live in MI so there is a lot of back roads with trees on both sides that often hang over the road and rarely do I get a drop. The only time I do is when I go under an overpass, but that is to be expected.

That being said, I took a road trip last weekend and my mom followed me in her new Cadillac which is XM equipped. A buddy of mine was riding with her and I told him to take notice of how many times xm dropped. He counted 14 to my 1!

I have a low profile antenna and the one that came with her car is one of those ugly shark tale thingys.

Again, just one mans experience.
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Old 09-07-2005, 11:54 PM   #20
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Hey Guys....i am a new member of the serius family and am enjoying it so far. I agree witht the listeners who experience more blinks of interruption with trees and line of sight objects. XM did not falter as much...anyway I am psyched to have it and would like to know if its serius' plan to dedicate a station a month to a great band like the stones..CH99...? This would be cool...zeppelin...the dead....all the greats...1 every month.
I'd say one per week at the most. The only reason the Stones are getting several weeks, is because they're generating a lot of publicity with their first studio album in about eight years and their tour.
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Old 09-08-2005, 12:12 AM   #21
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I get good reception in my car and at home I put the antenna on the roof and dont ever have a drop out.
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Old 09-08-2005, 02:28 PM   #22
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here on the San Francisco peninsula I get excellent reception at home with the antenna on the roof. Very poor reception inside. On my car it is variable. If I'm in the open the reception is always strong. when I have overhanging trees or am in canyons it depends on the location of the satellites at any given time. Right now the mornings from 8-10:30 are a little spotty in the trees but in the evening I get no drop outs at all.

As for XM I get excellent home reception in a west-facing window and about the same as Sirius with an indoor antenna (but a little more consistent.) In the car it is much more variable. If I am near a repeater I get great reception, when I am out of repeater range and relying on the satellites alone I get many more drop outs.

It seems that Sirius satellite reception is better (thogh more variable) than XM satellite reception. BUT XM has many more repeaters s othe difference is less for me. If you live where there are not a lot of repeaters then Sirius will be much better. If Sirius had as many repeaters as XM reception would be much better than XM's, I am not holding out any hopes that they will though.
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here on the San Francisco peninsula I get excellent reception at home with the antenna on the roof. Very poor reception inside. On my car it is variable. If I'm in the open the reception is always strong. when I have overhanging trees or am in canyons it depends on the location of the satellites at any given time. Right now the mornings from 8-10:30 are a little spotty in the trees but in the evening I get no drop outs at all.

As for XM I get excellent home reception in a west-facing window and about the same as Sirius with an indoor antenna (but a little more consistent.) In the car it is much more variable. If I am near a repeater I get great reception, when I am out of repeater range and relying on the satellites alone I get many more drop outs.

It seems that Sirius satellite reception is better (thogh more variable) than XM satellite reception. BUT XM has many more repeaters s othe difference is less for me. If you live where there are not a lot of repeaters then Sirius will be much better. If Sirius had as many repeaters as XM reception would be much better than XM's, I am not holding out any hopes that they will though.
I agree Sirius should get more repeaters...I dont see why they dont.
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Old 09-08-2005, 07:33 PM   #24
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It may seem absolutely ridiculous that you have to go out onto the roof and mount an antenna for radio, but so it is with Sirius in many cases. It is with XM in some cases too, but many more can run them indoors without problem. For eight months I had an XM-antenna sitting in a north-facing windowsill pointed west in a house with a lot of trees, which ought to be the least likely reception ever, and it worked fine. Sirius had to have a wire sneak through the window and have the antenna sitting on a table outside in the backyard.

For all the talk of better sats and better coverage, I wish someone would do something about this. There was talk about an indoor repeater at one point and it was shown at trade shows, but not only did it disappear but eventually XM developed and got the idea to market first.
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Old 09-24-2005, 12:39 PM   #25
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My comparison of Sirius vs XM receptio: I travel througout NY and Pennsylvania (mostly in the rural and hilly areas). Sirius is a BIG improvement over the numerous and lenghty drop-outs I had with XM (due to hills, trees, buildings). Due to the higher satellite angle of Sirius satellites, the car reception is much much better. Glad I'm with Sirius !
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:02 PM   #26
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Hey Guys....i am a new member of the serius family and am enjoying it so far. I agree witht the listeners who experience more blinks of interruption with trees and line of sight objects. XM did not falter as much...anyway I am psyched to have it and would like to know if its serius' plan to dedicate a station a month to a great band like the stones..CH99...? This would be cool...zeppelin...the dead....all the greats...1 every month.

Thanks all... Dan

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2 answer your question that suggestion has been made by myself and MANY other SBS members.It`s up 2 the suits and thier infinite wisdom,thats all I can tell ya`.I feel that would B such a cool addition.
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Old 09-25-2005, 03:17 PM   #27
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I had to do it. One year ago I swore I would never listen to anything but XM.

With Maragritaville, the SEC, and other cool stuff to come I had no choice.

Today I bought a Starmate and here I am.

I hope I don't regret my choice.


The one thing I have noticed is that the Sirius antenna does not pick up as well as XM.

I need to do a little more research as I am sure there is answer to this.


So far this is the only negative I have with sirius. I had an easy time getting a signal with Xm but with Sirius I have to work a little harder with the home kit to get a signal.
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Old 09-26-2005, 11:58 AM   #28
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I switch from XM to Sirius about two weeks ago. Sirius kills XM's programming and Hair Nation was 2nd reason why I switched. Nascar being dumped by XM was first.

Reception is 100% better on my car with Sirius. I will soon be adding a home kit so cant compair. XM was solid. For now I just leave Sportster on inside car and receive the signal off the FM channel inside the house. Works great!!

I am finding in general more and more subscribers switching from XM to Sirius. Even my family members are doing so. Getting comfortable with XM's programming meant flipping between 3-4 channels trying to get a specific format. Now with Sirius I listen to just 1 channel and each of Sirius's channels are very clearly defined and understood. Deeper "B" side music is left for those specific channels that Sirius offers, without mixing formats between channels like XM does.

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Actually I should correct myself, I get better reception in my car with Sirius. With the home kit I finally found the right spot in my home and I must say the wireless fm transmitter is more powerful than Xm's.
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Old 09-27-2005, 06:29 PM   #30
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I had a professional installer do my antenna and it's working just fine. It cost me a lot more than the price of the receiver, but it was worth it.

Sirius may have recently lost the NHL, but they've got the NFL, a great college sports line-up, and if anyone cares, the NBA. For NASCAR fans, they're comin' in 2007. The audio on the NHL games was from cable TV, not the teams' local radio.

The music channels combine the best attributes of when major-market radio was king with the freedom satellite offers. Sort of "Back To The Future".
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