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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: krellis
2005-02-18 12:38 am (UTC)
To my ear the music isn't that bad, but the speech is terrible. It's like they optimized the compression for one but not the other. That, or I just can't hear it during the music. In southern NH they have terrible coverage, too, with tons of drop-outs in medium-dense forested areas and when going under some bridges. Yet a little further south in Boston or Providence I could get clear signal while in an underground parking garage where I couldn't get any AM or FM stations. Learn how to buffer, guys!
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[User Picture]From: moonwick
2005-02-18 12:54 am (UTC)
They do -- one satellite broadcasts about five seconds behind the other. In cities they have ground-based repeaters that compensate for not being able to have a consistent view of the satellites, which you likely won't have out in a forested area.
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