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#1 OFFLINE   Kevin F

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:17 PM

I just heard on SiriusXM channel 26, Classic Vinyl, that there is currently a free trial of SiriusXM going on now that includes "about 60" channels. I have been a sub for a very long time so I didn't notice until Kim Monroe told me. :D


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:12 AM

Yes, and then I got a call for them. They activated XM for $2.49 per month, for 3 months and I said, "sure". I'll make sure that I cancel it, the last day of the promo, so I don't get dinged full price for a years subscription.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:40 PM

Don't count on the "last day" doing it.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:36 PM

You are right there. I've had my battles with them, in the past.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

Can you point me in the direction of a free trial for me car, a 2008 Avalon purchased 1.5yr ago, for at least 2 months if possible....for a 1mo plus vacation.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:45 PM

Well, that explains a lot! Timing is everything. My cheap extension from the free trial that came with my new car expired while I was on a trip to SoCal, and I called, only to find out that they had no deal for Traffic Info only, so I decided to make do without. A few days later, I see the Traffic Info was back on, just figured someone had punched a wrong button. Sigh. I like the Traffic Info, but the audio streams are wretched.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:52 AM

You may find stations stay on for a few minutes without a subscription. I don't know what "audio streams are wretched" means.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:08 AM

You may find stations stay on for a few minutes without a subscription. I don't know what "audio streams are wretched" means.


It means music sounds like it's coming from the bottom of an oil drum. The bit rates are very low; at least it sounds that way.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:27 PM

Mine sounds pretty good. try something other than an oil drum.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:17 PM

Mine sounds pretty good. try something other than an oil drum.


HA HA.

Do you have any idea what the bit rate is on their streams?
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:40 PM

Yes I do but I have decent vehicle system and speakers that make it more than acceptable. It is not supposed to sound like a home theater. Ditch the drum.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:17 PM

Yes I do but I have decent vehicle system and speakers that make it more than acceptable. It is not supposed to sound like a home theater. Ditch the drum.


So, what is it, then? (the bit rate)

BTW I have a very decent system, and the music doesn't fool my speakers. Nor would I want to compare it to a home theatre.

Do you have a connection with Sirius/XM?
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:57 AM

Some research would show you it's the same old bitrate vs. number of channels choice. I'll take the balance they have.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:48 AM

XM used to brag that they sounded better than FM. Now they sound worse. They sound like they are AM or like a low bit online audio feed. The sound does sound like it is coming from the bottom of a tin can. A lot of the music channels don't even sound like they are in stereo. I have two systems and they both sound that way and they are not low end systems. If they ever end the $25 for six months I will drop them.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:55 AM

Some research would show you it's the same old bitrate vs. number of channels choice. I'll take the balance they have.


So, can you not address either question I've raised with an actual answer?
Do you know the bit rate or not? Are you in some way connected to the company?
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

So, can you not address either question I've raised with an actual answer?
Do you know the bit rate or not? Are you in some way connected to the company?


I answer all questions that concern the topic at hand, ignore those that do not. There is a quality/station number balancing act just like in the video spectrum. Do the research. I, for one, prefer the current signal quality over one that gives me less choices in channels.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

I answer all questions that concern the topic at hand, ignore those that do not. There is a quality/station number balancing act just like in the video spectrum. Do the research. I, for one, prefer the current signal quality over one that gives me less choices in channels.


So, really, you don't know the bit rate? Why not just say that instead of dancing around a direct question?

I have to conclude you have a vested interest in the success of Sirius/XM as you won't respond to the query about your connection.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:58 AM

My employment, if any, is none of your concern.

I have to conclude you lack an understanding of bitrate to station number choices.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:43 PM

So, really, you don't know the bit rate? Why not just say that instead of dancing around a direct question?

I have to conclude you have a vested interest in the success of Sirius/XM as you won't respond to the query about your connection.


Believe it or not, the bit rates are DIFFERENT for different music channels!! Years ago when XM was still a stand-alone service, I saw a blog post on one of the fanboy sites showing a listing of the bit rates for each channel. The channels with the lowest bit rates were the ones where XM assumed listeners weren't that fussy (like the RAP & R & B channels). The channels with very particular listeners (translation: wealthy and willing to pay top dollar for their music) had the highest bit rates (classical) and still do. Even if you don't like classical music, tune one in and see for yourself. They sound BETTER than FM! The "single artist" channels have very low bit rates also as XM must figure that folks that tune in these channels just want to hear their favorite artist and don't really care how bad it sounds. The Beautiful Instrumentals channel (Escape) also has a higher bit rate than the rock channels.

Sometimes, they CHANGE the bit rates during portions of the day. Did you ever have your radio suddenly go silent for 10-15 seconds and when the music returned it didn't sound as good (or it sounded better)? I've experienced this many times and I'm sure that is what is happening because unlike a signal dropout the screen on the radio continues displaying the song/artist info and not "no XM signal".

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

Thanks, Thomas. I suspected bit rates might change from time to time, and I mostly listen to classical or rock. Both have sounded acceptable at times, but generally are substandard, sometimes horrible. And certainly, old tapes of radio comedy don't need the Q/bit rate of a symphonic piece!

In a sense, I am spoiled by 256k AAC materials from my iDevices. I love the concept of Sirius, but the implementation leaves a lot to be desired much of the time.
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