Jump to content



Sign up for a free account to remove the pop-up ads

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and remove the pop-up ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo

Question on XM?


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
10 replies to this topic

#1 of 11 OFFLINE   CalvinC

CalvinC

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 97 posts
  • Join Date: May 15 2001

Posted July 16 2005 - 07:26 AM

Right now I use musicchoice on Directv which I have connected to my home system digitally. Is is worth it to go to using XM? I know I would be able to use XM in the car, but I would primarely use it in the house. So I guess the real question is what would XM bring to the table? My music tastes are all over the board, but I guess I do listen to 80's music alot. Also one last question does the antenna actually have to be outside? My only outlet in this apt is the sliding glass doors which face west to northwest. Thanks!

#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

Ronald Epstein

    Studio Mogul



  • 40,253 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 03 1997

Posted July 17 2005 - 04:07 AM

Calvin,

This is a tough one.

The music coming through your DirecTV
will positively sound better through
your home receiver than XM will.

The quality of satellite radio music
is that of MP3. With the right hookup
it sounds better than FM but falls short
of CD quality.

Where satellite works best is in the car
because audio standards are generally lower
than listening on a home system. For most
people who use satellite in their car, it
easily replaces their CD listening choices
because of the extensive amount of programming
offered. Many people will also tell you that
they enjoy the "surprise" of not knowing
what will be played next.

People who bring their satellite radio into
their homes generally hook it up to a boombox
or computer speakers. Under those conditions
the average listener may not be able to
distinguish the audio quality against CD.

However....

If you are going to attempt to hook XM to
your expensive home stereo, I would look into
investing in the Polk XRT12. The optical connection will yield
better audio quality than the standard RCA inputs.

For me, I enjoy XM above anything that came
before it. There's so much more than just music
channels and I like the convenience of using a
a receiver loaded with presets.

....but I have been where you are. Prior to
satellite radio I listened to those DirecTV
music channels and enjoyed them immensely. The
quality was exceptional and that's the one thing
that is lacking with the satellite radio technology.

Not sure what to reccomend under your circumstances.

 

Ronald J Epstein
Home Theater Forum co-owner

 

 Click Here for the latest/hottest Blu-ray Preorders  Click Here for our complete Blu-ray review archive

 Click Here for our complete 3D Blu-ray review archive Click Here for our complete DVD review archive

 Click Here for Blu-Ray Preorder Release Schedule  Click Here for forum posting rules and regulations


#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Thomas_A

Thomas_A

    Second Unit



  • 401 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 02 2001

Posted July 17 2005 - 02:21 PM

The new Yamaha units are XM ready. $49 for the Antenna that you do not have too put outdoors ...subscribe and your set. The demo I got from the Yamaha rep was in the audio store...and the Antena was behind the reciever in a cube! Cant wait to get mine hooked up. Ive had XM in my vehicles for 2yrs now and love it. The 80's station I really like mysef as well.

good luck.
Thomas.

#4 of 11 OFFLINE   CalvinC

CalvinC

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 97 posts
  • Join Date: May 15 2001

Posted July 18 2005 - 08:27 AM

Thanks Ron & Thomas. I appreciate your input. Will programming for both be similar? Say for example on the 80's channel will XM have a bigger playlist than Directv? Thomas when you get a chance let us know what you think of the Yamaha's performance at home. Again thanks guys!

#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Bob_L

Bob_L

    Supporting Actor



  • 893 posts
  • Join Date: May 19 2001

Posted July 18 2005 - 11:43 AM

I have the DirecTV MusicChoice service. Everything that Ron says about relative sound quality is true. Additionally, I DON'T have my antenna outside, just pointed out my south-facing glass doors. No problem with reception.

I do, however, think that in every category XM radio has the DirecTV music services beat in depth of playlist.

For my part, I have lots of LPs and lots of CDs when I want to hear high-quality sound. The problem for me often is that I can't decide what to listen to. XM Radio solves that problem for me when I just want to start some music without thinking about making a choice (other than what channels to select.)

I find myself listening to XM on my home theater system (not a boom box!) more often than MusicChoice because I prefer their selection and greater variety of musical styles.

#6 of 11 OFFLINE   CalvinC

CalvinC

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 97 posts
  • Join Date: May 15 2001

Posted July 18 2005 - 01:24 PM

Thanks Bob!
I'm glad I'm not the only one who has trouble deciding what to listen to! Large collection also. I appreciate everyone's input.

#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

Ronald Epstein

    Studio Mogul



  • 40,253 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 03 1997

Posted July 18 2005 - 10:28 PM

Bob,

How does XM sound on your Home Theater system?

We had a member here a few months back complaining
about the sound quality he was receiving.

I also agree that XM playlist is far better than
what DirecTV offers. SIRIUS is not.

 

Ronald J Epstein
Home Theater Forum co-owner

 

 Click Here for the latest/hottest Blu-ray Preorders  Click Here for our complete Blu-ray review archive

 Click Here for our complete 3D Blu-ray review archive Click Here for our complete DVD review archive

 Click Here for Blu-Ray Preorder Release Schedule  Click Here for forum posting rules and regulations


#8 of 11 OFFLINE   Thomas_A

Thomas_A

    Second Unit



  • 401 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 02 2001

Posted July 21 2005 - 04:17 AM

I only have sirus with my Dish sat system Posted Image So I cant really say how it compares too what you are used too now.
I'm only couple weeks away from hooking the yamaha up. I probably could do a temp setup for her, but I really want to get her full potential out of the box.

#9 of 11 OFFLINE   Dean_S

Dean_S

    Second Unit



  • 261 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 04 2004

Posted July 21 2005 - 06:20 AM

Wow, I always thought MC channels sounded terrible but haven't listened to them in a few years...have they improved in the past few years???

#10 of 11 OFFLINE   Ronn.W

Ronn.W

    Second Unit



  • 333 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 16 2002

Posted August 14 2005 - 04:24 AM

Quote:
Wow, I always thought MC channels sounded terrible but haven't listened to them in a few years...have they improved in the past few years???


If they sound good now, I'd hate to have heard them before! I have MC through digital cable, and even hooked up to my HT, it sounds tinny and thin. Maybe it depends upon your provider, though.

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Brian L

Brian L

    Screenwriter



  • 2,882 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 08 1998

Posted September 29 2005 - 10:54 AM

Is this old news? I did search here and did not find it.

http://www.directv.c...landing/xm.html

Looks like those that prefer Music Choice are going to be a bit cheesed off. Kind of wondering how the sound quality is going to be? Will D* get a direct feed, or will they get they same thing we all get, and then compress it even more?

Brian