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How has Pandora changed your viewing habits?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Stuart Sweet, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. dualsub2006

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    Pandora won't change the authentication system, it's the same system used on the Roku and WD boxes as well.
     
  2. Laxguy

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    You're shorting yourself by not even trying it. The beauty of it lies not in high fidelity, but other things. And while the bit rate is lower than I'd like it's seldom fuzzy nor distorted.
    Try it on the laptop with headphones. I dare you! :) But for no less than three hours, and by actually exploring it.
     
  3. dualsub2006

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    Yet you cared enough to express an opinion about the sound quality, even though you've never actually listened to Pandora?

    Is the sound quality in the vinyl category? No, it's not. Is it "tin can and string" bad? That's just laughable.

    For what it is, it sounds very good.
     
  4. Davenlr

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    If you lose the sub when you switch to stereo mode, you have your amp configured wrong.
    On a Denon, I have mine set for front L and R speakers to SMALL, and sub ON, and LFE. If you set the speakers to LARGE, you need LFE+Main. Some amps disconnect the sub if you tell them your main speakers are LARGE (or send the bass to them).

    Best to check out the manual and see if you have it set wrong for the stereo mode.

    As for the center channel, only one of the simulated DSP modes will use it, and as you noticed, will send extraneous stuff to the rears as well.

    Pandora is stereo L + R.
     
  5. Maruuk

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    Thanks, Dave! On my Sherwood I don't have spkr size controls, but a number of different spkr configs. I'll fiddle. I do avoid the crazy surround simulation settings, they just gunk up the music. But Pandora does basically sound great! Don't understand the guys who find the audio quality substandard, unless they have dialup or something.

    I did notice I hit the EXIT TO TV button but the audio did not release right away when it went to the first channel--silence. I switched to another channel and it finally released the audio to TV. Whew, had me worried for a minute.
     
  6. bnwrx

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    A bit off topic....but when I am listening thru the amp(Onkyo), and I am watching a channel while listening to Pandora, if I change the channel on the DVR, the sounds stops while the DVR changes to the new channel,then picks up the sound from Pandora again. When listening thru the TV speakers, it does not do this. Connections are: DVR to amp via optical or Coaxial. DVR to TV via HDMI. Tried HDMI to amp at it still occurred.
    Any thoughts...Thanks
     
  7. prospect60

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    Bad assumption on your part or more likely bad writing on mine trying to be flippant.

    Read more, listened for a few hours, didn't like what I heard, dismissed it.

    No of course it's not tin can and a string bad, but "not bad" or "pretty decent for what it is" isn't anything I'm interested in.

    Tried XM, tried Sirius, tried Sonic Tap, tried Spotify and generally end up at the same conclusion -- not really worth the effort other than for news/talk/weather and maybe sports, but not Music.

    Bottom line -- it hasn't or at least won't change my habits at all compared to last week.
     
  8. shendley

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    Just got Pandora yesterday on my HR 24. I had tried it before on my blu ray player but found that I didn't use it that much. Preferred randomizing tunes on my ipod and listening to it through my receiver. But I thought I'd try it again and I found myself enjoying it more than I thought I would. It could be because it's just easier to use with my directv receiver. I use that receiver more often than the blu ray, so I guess it's just handier. And I'm not that much of a stickler about sound quality. It sounded good enough for me.

    One problem I've found with it, though: I set up a "station" with two artists, Dave Holland (for the kind of instrumental jazz I like) and Diana Krall (for the sort of vocal jazz I like). Pandora has a tendency to play several instrumental songs in a row, followed by several vocal songs in a row. It doesn't randomize the mix well.
     
  9. Laxguy

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    Keep working on the thumbs up and down. Or make a new station. Pandora can learn what you like and don't like. But it's not really in the shuffle game.
     
  10. wilbur_the_goose

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    I've been a paid Pandora "subscriber" for years, and the port to DirecTV is wonderful. Plus, when you pay, you don't get ads.

    You also get Pandora One, which has a much higher bitrate on your computer. When I want "critical" listening, I just listen to my Pandora One PC thru my Denon AVR.
     
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    When you have it through your Roku account you don't get ads either.
     
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    I really don't listen to much music at home. I'm more of an FM radio in the car and MP3 player at the health club kind of guy (and an occasional CD in the car, when driving through areas that only have country music stations). On the internet, mainly use Slacker. Had an app on my phone for Pandora, but it uses too much data and I don't want my mobile provider throttling me down.
     
  13. dualsub2006

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    If you subscribe to Slacker, the mobile app will cache stations to your phone so that you don't have to use data.
     
  14. RACJ2

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    Interesting. I'm familiar with cache getting created from accessing a web page. I wonder how the station cache get created, w/o using any data? I checked the Slacker website and although I have an account, its the free version. I have to upgrade to the $4/mo service to get the ability to cache stations.
     
  15. dualsub2006

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    WiFi. And you'll need their account that includes mobile access, which I think is $9.99 a month.
     
  16. armophob

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    I have no idea what Pandora is. After breezing through the the thread, I assume it is the new music service. I never used the old music channels, so I cannot assume I will use a new one.
    Add "I Heart Radio" so I can get my favorite radio station and record it, now we are talking.
     
  17. dpeters11

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    It's more than that, it's more customized. I have a Maynard Ferguson station, and it plays things similar to his style, plus his recordings of course.
     
  18. Laxguy

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    Try it! Go to the web site and just mess around with it for a bit. It's exceptional. Not the highest bit rate around, but educational and enlightening.
     
  19. armophob

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    It is a web site? I thought it was a music service?

    I have a 2T and 1T drives on my dvrs that are way more than half full each. I am in a constant battle to keep them down by viewing the content. No offense, but the last thing I need is another distraction at this point.
     
  20. dpeters11

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    Yep. It's a smartphone app, a website, a desktop app, and a feature in various appliances, and a music service.

    The real power behind it is the Music Genome Project.
     

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