I have listed to a number of XM and Sirius units and all of them still have that very high . . . .tinsel sound. Sure, they sound better then SOME FM stations but Sat radio still have that unique sound quality. I do find it awesome in my car and will never be without it. I can't decide if I should buy a lifetime contract or go year to year. Funny thing is - the ONLY time I have had it cut out is in an open space. No problems in my garage or even in the 1st underground floor of a parking garage. What's up with that!!! I thought I had to have line of sight or something.