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My Rant: XM Radio's greatly diminished sound quality. What to do?


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#61 of 63 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 29 2006 - 09:32 AM

Jason,

It's rather odd....you met Lee Abrams and I met with Sirius executives
at their NYC base.

Personally, I think Lee ran XM into the ground. If you read other
boards, fans of the service have demanded his resignation.

That doesn't mean that I dislike XM. You are correct that for a
person like me with eclectic tastes, the service is still miles ahead
of SIRIUS. However, I do notice changes in sound quality, the fact
that radio edit versions of songs are played instead of album cuts,
and that playlists are getting smaller. None of this resembles the XM
I knew only a few short years back.

It's sort of sad that satellite radio isn't where we had hoped it
would be. Stocks are still hurting and both companies still aren't
turning a profit despite promise that it will happen soon.

I'm just afraid of what these services feel it will take to bring
in those that have not embraced pay radio. Already it seems that
the quality of music both in sonics and selection have taken a huge
decline in order to expand entertainment programming. What
happened to the days when MUSIC was the most important
factor to why we turned our radios on everyday?

 

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#62 of 63 OFFLINE   Ken CM

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Posted November 29 2006 - 10:07 AM

I just got XM with my '06 Passat. I have to say that overall I'm disappointed with the SQ on most of the XM music channels. The sound to me is "Thin" and voices have a slight echo to them (kind of like a low quality mp3 or WMA).

A couple of other things I'm upset about:

1) There ARE commercials on the "non-commercial" stations.
2) I happened to like the U-POP station and it has been taken over by "Holly" for the season.

May just get the IPOD adapter/interface and buy 12 songs a month to add to the IPOD.
I'm not child-less - I'm child-free

#63 of 63 OFFLINE   TheLongshot

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Posted November 30 2006 - 10:42 AM

Nothing wrong with getting an MP3 player. I have a Phatbox in my Jetta as well to suppliment my listening. Jason