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XM radio can blow me [Feb. 17th, 2005|04:00 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Is it just me (and my dad), or does XM Radio sound like an over-compressed mp3 coming through a tincan telephone?

My XM radio free trial is expiring soon and there's no way in hell I can pay for that sound quality. Cut some stations and give each station more bandwidth. Christ.

But I hear Sirius is worse?

[User Picture]From: bitwise
2005-02-18 12:13 am (UTC)
IIRC it's 64kbps AAC with SBR, so it's not just you.

SBR== the decoder making up a bunch of high frequency sounds to replace the ones we threw away in our shitty encoding process.
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